5 Events To Get You Through Winter
Only the most dedicated of us manage to get out of the door at this time of year. The weather’s turned and thanks to daylight saving it’s dark well before 5pm. Thanks to Zwift, finding competition throughout the winter isn’t as hard as it once was, but in case you’re desperate for the real thing and need a date in the diary to motivate you to train, here are Le Col’s best winter events that prove just because it’s a bit dark and cold, the season isn’t over.
29 January 2018
Winter’s the perfect time to pick up a different discipline outside of road, and racing through mud, over hurdles and down singletrack descents is all about as much fun as you can have on two wheels. Love Crossed is hosted at the stunning Chavenage House Estate and has a course co-designed and signed off by elite cyclo-cross riders. Taking place on the same day as the World CX Championships, after the elite men finish the Worlds are screened live, if you’re thinking of trying CX or want to race somewhere slightly different than your typical CX league this is the perfect place to race.
South of Bucks Winter Warmer
9 December 2017
The name ‘Winter Warmer’ gives a bit of a false impression of this event, making it sound like a brief winter jaunt, long enough just to get your heart-rate up, and short enough to be home for lunch.
It’s 207km. In December.
In typical audax fashion riders are given a Brevet card to present at each checkpoint throughout the ride, presumably where the only real ‘warming’ on the ride takes place. If you’re lacking a ride that garners big Kudos in December, this is how you’ll get it.
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Santa Ride North & South
10 December 2017
Preston and Farnborough each host the Santa Ride North & South respectively this year. Organised by UK Cycling Events, these are two sportives offering a great reason to get out and enjoy the countryside when a cup of tea and the sofa are at their most tempting. With three route distances down South and two up North, there’s something for everyone, especially as kids ride free on the day.
The long distances for both fall just under 100km, however the ‘Epic Route’ in Santa Ride South has substantially more climbing than Santa Ride North, as it heads out in to Hampshire’s Meon Valley.
British National Cyclocross Championships
Ian Field aims to take a sixth Men’s National Title and Nikki Brammeier looks to make it three titles in a row in Sunderland as Britain’s best CX athletes race for the red, white and blue stripes for the 2018/2019 season.
The National Trophy, a series rather than a single Championship race, tours the country from now until the 7th of January, with Gravesend, Bradford and Ipswich still left to race before the Champs. Get yourself along to see how easy professionals make it all look.
Hell of The Ashdown
18 February 2018
Short and steep. Two words that give you a great idea of the Hell of the Ashdown. At only 106km, but with 1,439m of ascent this route seeks out Kent’s challenging climbs totaling 11 on the route, this is an event to put a bit of training in for. Especially for Kidd’s Hill, locally known as ‘The Wall’.
Full mechanical and nutritional support as well as NEG motorbike marshals guiding throughout, getting this in your 2018 calendar is guaranteed to start the season with a bang.*
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*Or a bonk. Depends how many mince pies you manage between now and then.