Cycle Derby Spring Classic sportive, Sunday May 1
Cycle Derby host two sportives a years, and the Spring Classic boasts a new start/finish location in 2016.
Markeaton Park, in Derby, will host the start, finish and event village and there are three routes available taking riders out into the Derbyshire and Staffordshire countryside.
The longest of those, the Cycle Derby 160km, heads out towards Kedleston Hall and out of Derbyshire to the Blithfield Reservoir.
Cannock Chase is the chief highlight, an undulating 5.5km climb, before the route heads back towards Derbyshire.
The Radleigh 40km and HUUB Events 80km are the other two routes available.
Routes: 160km, 80km, 40km
Price: £35 (40km £25)
Website: Cycle Derby Sportive
Preseli Angel, Sunday May 1
Set against the beautiful Welsh backdrop of North Pembrokeshire, the Preseli Angel features two routes of 78 miles and 40 miles.
Organisers boast that it is ‘organised how sportives should be (and used to be)’ meaning a strong focus on a challenging, rolling parcous, food, drinks, support and stunning views.
This is reflected in the low cost of the event – just £15 per rider, though there is only capacity for 200 in all on the event.
Both routes include a climb of the Preseli Mountains and super-fast descent, while the longer route returns to the mountains for the infamous “Bessie’s” climb.
Challenging descents match the challenging climbs to put your full repertoire of riding skills to the test.
Routes: 40 miles, 78 miles