If you’re umm-ing and aah-ing over which sportive to sign up to this year, why not throw caution to the wind and try one of these events instead.
Whether it’s being chased through the woods by a world champion or chugging beer on a bike* we guarantee you’ll have a ball.
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“What the heck is Rollapaluza?” I hear you cry. Officially it’s a London-based company that host fast and furious static bike races in pubs.
Rollapaluza at its core, is fast paced, lung-busting static bike racing on rollers. The Rollapaluza set-up is two static bikes on rigs, with their back wheels resting on rollers. Two competitors then race one another over a 500-metre distance, sprinting flat out to win.
It’s proven hugely popular, and you can understand why. Hosted in pubs and accompanied by music and an MC, Rollapaluza is fast, furious and fun, an exciting spectacle to watch.
For More Information: Visit the Rollapaluza website
2. Red Bull Fox Hunt
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First things first, before you ask, no foxes are harmed in the participation of this race. Instead, the Red Bull Fox Hunt with Rachel Atherton is a female-only, mass start, downhill mountain bike race.
If you have a fear of being chased, then perhaps it is best you sit this one out, as Rachel Atherton chases the riders - who have a head start - aiming to pass as many as possible to knock them out of the race.
In 2015 more than 90 riders ‘the hounds’ took to the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh, to try and outfox one of the best female downhill racers in the world, ‘the fox’, Rachel Atherton.
Remarkably, the fox didn’t succeed in passing all the hounds, and Rachel came 35th, not a position she’s used to. So it just proves that you can beat one of the fastest downhill mountain bikers on the planet.
When: Usually September
How Much: TBC
3. Real Ale Wobble
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A bike ride and a beer festival combined, what’s not to love? Held every November, the Real Ale Wobble is a MTB knees-up that marks the start of the Mid-Wales Beer Festival.
Entrants can enjoy two days of glorious MTB riding, partaking in ‘pint-stops’ along the way. You don’t need to be a gnarly MTBer to enjoy the Wobble, it’s a non competitive event to celebrate the joy of real ale.
Where: Llanwrtyd Wells
When: Saturday 19th November
How Much: Prices start from £18
4. World Naked Bike Ride
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Perhaps one for the more adventurous Vixens among us, the World Naked Bike Ride - which started life in 2004 - sees riders jump on bikes completely starkers to celebrate cycling and protest against car culture and climate change.
The dress code is “As Bare As You Dare” which helps to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists as they ride on the same roads as motorists. Spectators can’t help but spot the nude riders on the day, but the take home message is to notice cyclists when they’re not naked too.
With WNBR affiliated events in over 20 countries, and 18 UK-based events from Edinburgh, to Cardiff, to London, there is sure to be a ride located near you.
Where: Various Locations
When: Various Dates
How Much: Free
5. Brompton World Championship
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The hugely successful Brompton World Championship is now in its 11th year. With qualifying legs for the event in over 13 countries, it’s truly a global affair.
This bonkers race attracts some rather competitive entrants, who all adhere to the No Lycra rule. If you’re lucky enough to get a place you will partake in a mad Le Mans style start. Wearing your office attire, you’ll dash to unfold your Brompton before setting off on an epic criterium style race.
It’s another race that’s great to watch from the sidelines, as the bunch try desperately to unfold their bikes, all while dressed in formal get-up.
When: Saturday 30th July
How Much: £40
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