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Cycling Sportives in the North West throughout 2014

7 Jan 2014

There are to be planned Cycling Sportives in the North West, throughout 2014. A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event.

Equestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users. Both groups share similar risks when riding on the road and both need access to more safe off road riding.

Cyclists and horse riders have a statutory right to ride on byways, bridleways and roads. On bridleways, it is important that cyclists give way to horse riders (the Countryside Act 1968 gave cyclists the right to use bridleways, but stated that they must give way to horse riders and walkers).

Cycles can startle horses if ridden too close or fast, which can result in injuries to both parties. Nobody wants this and so with awareness and consideration on both sides, incidents can be avoided. 

Download the recommended practice and advice for both parties at http://www.horseaccidents.org.uk/Advice_and_Prevention/Cycles.aspx.

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and there may be others planned that this publication has not been made aware of. Click on the dates below to link you straight to the relevant website for further details:

9 February: Cheshire Mini Sportive 30/60miles Poynton Leisure Centre, Cheshire SK121PU  

16 February: Polocini Flat White TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE

23 February: Manchester Mini Sportive 30/60miles Poynton Leisure Centre, Cheshire SK121PU

2 March: Polocini Winter Sprinter TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

9 March: Jodrell Bank Classic 26/50/80miles Poynton Leisure Centre, Cheshire SK121PU 

9 March: The Bike and tRi Show Sportive 50/80miles The Central Exhibition Centre, Manchester M23GX 

23 March: Wiggle Cheshire Cat 75/100miles The Alexandra Stadium, Crewe CW26EL 

30 March: Polocini Peak Pie Pedal TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

30 March: Wheelbase Spring Classic 45/75miles Wheelbase Staveley, Kendal LA89LR 

6 April: Manchester - Chester - Manchester 30/60/100miles Poynton Leisure Centre, Cheshire SK121PU

27 April: Lakeland Loop - GT Langdale 69miles New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale LA22 9JX

4 May: Great Dun Fell 65miles Appleby Sports Centre, Cumbria CA16 6XU 

5 May: Polocini Macchiato TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

25 May: Lake District Lung Buster 35/65/110miles Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club, Cumbria LA6 2DS 

25 May: The Polkadot Challenge 30/60/100miles Woodford Community Hall, Stockport SK7 1PS 

26 May: Polocini Lil B*stard TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

1 June: Coast to Coast in a Day 150miles 

1 June: Le Terrier Sportive 44/66/104miles TBC 

8 June: Cumbria Sportive TBA TBA 

14 June: Keswick Sportive 46/90/105km Crow Park, Keswick CA12 5DJ 

15 June: Manchester to Chester Bike Ride 53miles Platt Fields Park, Rusholme M14 5LL 

15 June: Polocini Cappucino TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

28 June: Coast to Coast in a Day 150miles South Parade, Seascale CA20 1PZ 

20 June: Jodrell Bank Summer Sportive 30/65/100miles Poynton Leisure Centre, Cheshire SK121PU

27 July: The Buxton Spa 65/130km Pavillion Gardens, Buxton SK17 6BE 

27 July: Tough Trough 110km 

3 August: Polocini Ristretto TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

10 August: Summer Lakeland Loop 70miles Keswick Rugby Club, Keswick CA12 5EG

25 August: Polocini Affogato TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

31 August: Caldbeck Killer 34/64/90miles Richard Rose Morton Academy, Carlisle CA26 6LB

31 August: Manchester 100 Bike Ride 62/100miles Wythenshaw Park, Manchester M23 0AB 

14 September: Polocini Cortado TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

21 September: Bolton Bash 35/60miles Smithills School, Bolton BL1 6JS 

5 October: Polocini Mocha TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

2 November: Polocini Expresso TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

16 November: Cumbrian Cracker 60miles Grasmere Village Hall, Grasmere LA22 9TA 

30 November: Polocini Winter Warmer TBC Polocini Coffe Shop, Cheshire SK64PE 

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