Spring means the green light for cycling. The clocks go forward, the days are longer and the mercury rises. And with it, many cyclists emerge from winter hibernation. If you’re one of those people, we’ve pulled together a few ideas to help your cycling blossom in this spring.
If you’re a fan of cycle sport, spring is a feast for the eyes, with top class racing on road, track and trail, at home and abroad.
ROAD: On the road, why not follow the fortunes of British riders at the Spring Classics, starting on 1st April with the Tour of Flanders, right through to Liege-Bastogne-Liege on 22 April. Onto May and the Giro d’Italia dominates proceedings on the road, running from 5– 27 May. You can follow the fortunes of Team Sky at www.teamsky.com and get a full roundup of all the Brits Abroad action on our International Coverage Homepage.
TRACK: The UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Australia (4-8 April) is the highlight, and the last chance to see the GB Cycling Team compete before London 2012. We'll be covering the action as it happens with results, reports and rider reaction. For TV viewers, there’s full coverage on BBC and Eurosport.
MTB: Off road, the UCI World Cup XC moves to Houffalize in Belgium from 13 – 15 April for round two of the series, with British riders on the trail of securing their maximum quota of Olympic places. The series continues in Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic for round three. You can watch the XCO series online on Red Bull TV.
BMX: Spring sees two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup and you can watch the action online at Freecaster TV. However, the big spring BMX highlight is undoubtedly the BMX World Championships on 23-27 May in Perry Park Birmingham – a rare chance to see top class BMX racing on home soil with all the major Olympic contenders in action.
TRACK: On the track, there’s the Open Tandem Championships, the National Sprinters League/National Women’s Omnium Series as well as three rounds of the National Hard Track Endurance League. Go here for more details.
BMX: The domestic BMX scene sees round 4 and 5 of the British BMX Series combine with the Junior and Elite National Championships in Perry Park, Birmingham on 21-22 April.
If the prospect of all this top class action inspires you to take part, we’ve got a whole range of options.
RACE: Our domestic racing calendar is packed with events across six disciplines of cycle sport, with events to suit all abilities and all ages. Browse and search our calendar now.
SPORTIVES: Why not take on one of multitude of spring sportives? For April how about the Hell of North Wales on 8 April, the Ronde Anglia in the Fens on 15 April or the West Riding Classic on 21 April? Or looking into May there’s the Tyne Valley Sportive on 5 May, the Pock Pedal in Yorkshire on the same day or the Garmin Road Sportive in Hampshire on 19 May? Find out more.
COMMUTING: Spring is the perfect time to get into commuting by bike. Over on our commuting homepage we’ve got a whole load of tips, advice and inspirational commuter profiles to give you the push you need.
EXPLORE: If you prefer to get out and explore the great outdoors, we’ve got two great tools to help your quest. Our Where to Ride homepage is full of ride ideas throughout the country and our brand new Mapping tool now allows you plot your own routes and discover new routes submitted by fellow cyclists.
GROUP RIDING: If you need a little help and guidance discovering new routes and rides where you are, Sky Ride Local is back for 2012 with more routes in more cities and towns than ever before. Also on www.goskyride.com is the brand new Social Cycling tool, allowing you to hook up with like minded cyclists in your area. Our Breeze women’s cycling groups are also in full swing – check out www.breezebikerides.com for more details.
COACHING AND LEADERSHIP: Become a coach and give something back to cycling. Our range of coaching opportunities are more extensive than ever before, with opportunities to train as a coach, ride leader or cycle trainer. Find out more.
EASTER HOLIDAY SCHEMES: Looking for a healthy, inspiring way to keep the children occupied this Easter? Our Go-Ride Holiday Sessions take place in clubs throughout the country, giving young people the perfect introduction to cycle sport.
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