The Tour de Suisse, now in its 81st year, as well as being one of the best spectator events in the racing calendar,has a little bit of everything for the riders too. Along with France’s Critérium du Dauphine earlier in the month, it’s seen as ideal preparation for the Tour de France and the final test of form. Read our profile - now!
Now in its 69th year, the annual Critérium du Dauphiné races through one of the most beautiful areas of south east France: rich in mountains, lakes, vineyards and healthy competitive racing. Can Froome achieve the impossible and conquer the rest of the field and history itself to claim an unprecedented 4th victory.
The 2017 Tour of Japan was held between 21 and 28 May, and it traversed through eight major locales on the island, beginning in Sakai, before moving inland through Kyoto, Inabe, Mino, Minami Shinshu, Fujisan, Izu, and finally arriving in Tokyo. The race winds through and around some of the most beautiful and magnificent scenery in the world. Read our article on the magnificence of the ride.
The Giro d’Italia is one of three cycling events comprising the Grand Tours, which also includes the more globally renowned Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Typically held late in May or early in June each year, the Giro is arguably one of the more grueling cycling events, pushing climbers to extremes of climate and topography, ultimately testing their limits, physically, mentally and emotionally.
It is difficult to find a more magical and beautiful setting to experience the joy of cycling than the Tour of Norway. Taking in some of the country’s most striking views, there are few things in the world that can possibly compare to the sensation of progressing through the five stages on offer this year. Running from Wednesday the 17th to Sunday the 21st of May, the heady climbs and sweeping scenery is a fast growing competition on the UCI Europe Tour.
If cycling is a religion in Italy then the Giro d’Italia represents all the saints days rolled into one with the added pressure of a Christmas Day family lunch. The 100th Giro d’Italia takes place in May 2017 and the organisers have gone out of the way to make sure this year’s race reflects its rich and sometimes controversial history.
It's just been winter, it snowed a bit, it was very cold (and mostly still is) but now is the time to plot and plan for those glorious summer rides. Here is the first of 5 rides we think are some of the best long distance numbers in the UK. They are all over 100 miles. Find your ton and get it done!