The Best Gran Fondos in the UK 2023

By : Mr Mamil
Updated :

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Cycling is a popular activity in the United Kingdom, especially after the success of Ineos-Grenadiers (formerly Team Sky) and British riders such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome winning the Tour de France and Mark Cavendish a joint-holder of the most Tour de France stage wins (34).

The UK also has a strong cycling culture, with many organized rides, local cycling clubs, over 200 cycling events from Gran Fondos (road and off-road), festivals, and exhibitions held yearly.

This article lists all the Gran Fondos in the UK for the year.

DateGran FondoLocationDistances
15 Jan 2023Westerley Winter WarmerBuckinghamshire44, 60, 108km
25 Feb 2023Sunrise and Snowdrop ExpressWorcestershire120km
25 Feb 2023Yorkshire True Grit Dark SkiesYorkshire80km
26 Feb 2023Hell of the AshdownKent107km
26 Feb 2023Wildwood GravelBerkshire40, 60, 80km
4 Mar 2023York – Leeds – York SportiveYork54, 101, 158km
4 Mar 2023UKCE Cambridgeshire ClassicHuntingdon66, 94, 129km
11 Mar 2023Sherwood Forest Gravel XClipstone52, 60,83km
12 Mar 2023Wares Cambridge?Suffolk48, 80, 128km
12 Mar 2023The Puncheur SportiveEast Sussex103km
18 Mar 2023UKCE Wiltshire ClassicSalisbury49, 71, 117km
18 Mar 2023The Daffodils SportiveYorkshire50, 98, 124km
18 Mar 2023Suffolk Gravel XThetford47, 68, 92km
19 Mar 2023Wiltshire Wildheart GravelNetherhampton35, 52, 76km
19 Mar 2023Meon Vale Spring ClassicWarwickshire34, 61, 101km
25 Mar 2023UKCE Yorkshire ClassicYorkshire28, 53, 78, 119km
25 Mar 2023Cannock Chase Gravel XRugeley53, 79km
26 Mar 2023Veloforte Mad March HareLongbridge106km
26 Mar 2023Spring Spin SportiveWinchester71, 162km
26 Mar 2023The Cheshire CatCheshire83, 130, 174km
26 Mar 2023Cotswold Cross SportiveGloucestershire35, 55, 75km
31 Mar 2023Cyprus Gran FondoPafos96km
1 Apr 2023AddVenture Gravel Ride SportiveAndover64km
2 Apr 2023White Horse Ridge GravelOxfordshire30, 44, 75km
8 Apr 2023Peak District Gravel XBuxton85km
8 Apr 2023Dorset Gravel XSwanage70km
8 Apr 2023Ridgeway Gravel EpicNewbury50, 70, 110km
9 Apr 2023Peak District EpicHope113, 159km
9 Apr 2023The White Horse ChallengeOxfordshire144km
9 Apr 2023Lakeland Loop Cycle SportiveCumbria111km
15 Apr 2023UKCE New Forest ClassicHampshire17, 53, 93, 127km
15 Apr 2023North Wales Gravel XRuthin53, 80km
16 Apr 2023Haldon HeroicExeter24, 58, 80km
16 Apr 2023Isle of Man Cycle Tours SportivesIsle of Man40, 77, 100, 122km
16 Apr 2023The Ram SportiveLancaster128km
17 Apr 2023Cotswold Spring ClassicCirencester55, 100, 160km
21 Apr 2023Dirty ReiverKeidler Forest200km
22 Apr 2023Lake District Gravel FellaKeswick53, 70, 93km
23 Apr 2023UKCE Suffolk Spring ClassicSuffolk48, 104, 160km
23 Apr 2023Etape Loch NessInverness103km
23 Apr 2023Top Of The RockThirsk27, 36, 60km
23 Apr 2023The Burgess Hill Springtime ClassicEast Sussex61, 87, 114km
28 Apr 2023Orbital Gravel ExplorerHerne Hill Velodrome368km
29 Apr 2023Sportive KinrossKinross71, 109, 140km
30 Apr 2023Taunton Flyer SportiveSomerset60, 101, 162km
30 Apr 2023Tour de Manc SportiveManchester52, 100, 160, 199km
30 Apr 2023Salisbury Plain Spring Gravel EpicThruxton Motorsport Centre86, 119km
5 May 2023Muck n’ Mac FestSelkirk75, 126km
6 May 2023Oban SportiveOban84, 135km
6 May 2023Yorkshire Dales Gravel EpicUppermill108km
6 May 2023Bealach BeagKinlochewe72, 144km
7 May 2023Bostin’ Chase SportiveShropshire70, 90, 120km
7 May 2023Hampshire Hilly HundredHampshire108, 160km
7 May 2023Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery SportiveHenley-on-Thames60, 112km
7 May 2023RIDE CastleTonbridge53, 112, 162, 199km
7 May 2023Saddleback Fred Whitton ChallengeCumbria180km
13 May 2023Lincoln Grand Prix SportiveLincoln53, 96, 125, 164km
13 May 2023UKCE Surrey Hills ClassicSurrey25, 50, 88, 126km
13 May 2023Wessex Gravel EpicFrome50, 66, 100km
13 May 2023Tour of PembrokeshireSt Davids38, 99, 132, 168km
14 May 2023Hemel HillbusterHemel Hempstead60, 100km
14 May 2023The Cotswolds BeastDidmarton101, 161km
14 May 2023Struggle DalesYorkshire173km
14 May 2023Little Lumpy Cycling SportiveSurrey64, 96, 160km
14 May 2023Newark Castle 100Lincolnshire53, 95, 164km
20 May 2023Carten 100Cardiff172km
20 May 2023Rutland Border EpiqueMelton Mowbray87, 125, 160km
20 May 2023UKCE Jurassic ClassicDorset52, 91, 113km
20 May 2023Forest of Bowland Gravel EpicSlaidburn75km
20 May 2023Battle Gravel 100Winchester32, 40, 61km
20 May 2023Cotswolds Gravel XDidmarton65, 91km
21 May 2023Forest of Bowland EpicSlaidburn100, 164km
21 May 2023Cotswold CogfestGloucestershire48, 96km
21 May 2023Tour Of The Peak SportiveBakewell83, 130, 174km
21 May 2023The Black Rat Gran FondoBristol89, 120, 181km
21 May 2023Battle in the BowlWinchester32, 40, 61km
21 May 2023Suffolk 100Suffolk72, 101, 160km
21 May 2023RIDE SuffolkWoodbridge68, 104, 164km
21 May 2023The Somerset 100Somerset56, 100, 160km
21 May 2023Ride the ReservoirWest Midlands75km
21 May 2023Etape Du DalesNorth Yorkshire100, 176km
21 May 2023Bostin’ Bridge SportiveShropshire50, 100, 120km
26 May 2023New Forest Rattler SportiveRingwood76, 133, 164km
28 May 2023The Somerset BeastWells110, 148km
2 Jun 2023Tour of CambridgeshireCambridgeshire93, 128km
3 Jun 2023Whitby Regatta SportiveYorkshire52, 93, 122km
3 Jun 2023UKCE Chilterns ClassicOxford51, 91, 122km
4 Jun 2023RIDE VykingGilling Castle93, 162km
4 Jun 2023Peak Epic SportiveDerbyshire168km
4 Jun 2023Continental Welsh Wild West SportiveCeredigion45, 66, 112, 183km
10 Jun 2023The Haydon HundredHaydon Bridge60, 100, 140km
10 Jun 2023The Flat 100South Yorkshire40, 100, 160km
10 Jun 2023Yorkshire Moors Gravel XThirsk75km
10 Jun 2023Leith Hill – Brighton – Leith HillCobham161km
10 Jun 2023Yorkshire Moors Gravel EpicHelmsley52, 76, 111km
11 Jun 2023RIDE Davina’s Big Sussex Bike RideEast Sussex34, 64, 109, 160km
11 Jun 2023Le Tour de SandwichKent30, 46, 62km
11 Jun 2023Tour de ForthScotland68, 109km
11 Jun 2023Belles of BelvoirLeicestershire32, 48, 80, 120km
11 Jun 2023Black Sheep Big Spoon Bike RideMasham88, 140km
11 Jun 2023FlanRou RIBINOÙWesthay48, 96km
16 Jun 2023Lauf GritfestCilycwm2 days, 130km
17 Jun 2023Surrey Gravel EpicPeaslake60, 87km
17 Jun 2023Salsa Frontier 300Colvend Village Hall300Km
17 Jun 2023Surrey Gravel EpicElstead99km
18 Jun 2023Dragon RidePort Talbot99, 161, 207, 300km
18 Jun 2023The Raptor SportiveLancaster101km
18 Jun 2023Bostin’ Peaks SportiveWest Midlands70, 110, 160km
24 Jun 2023Samaritans CycleBuckinghamshire40, 80, 128km
24 Jun 2023Chase the Sun U.K. SouthMinster328km
24 Jun 2023Chase the Sun U.K. NorthTynemouth320km
24 Jun 2023Samaritans CycleBuckinghamshire40, 80, 130km
24 Jun 2023Coast to Coast in a DayCumbria240km
25 Jun 2023Bike BathBath40, 80, 128km
25 Jun 2023Ripon Tour SportiveRipon71, 120, 167km
25 Jun 2023The NelloExeter88, 160km
25 Jun 2023Cycle Swarm NorwichNorfolk40, 80, 160km
25 Jun 2023UKCE Gravel Series South DownsArundel13, 24, 36, 53km
29 Jun 2023UKCE Ochil Hills ClassicFife48, 76, 125km
1 Jul 2023The South Downs Gravel EpicLewes74km
1 Jul 2023Stockton SportiveStockton60, 80, 116km
1 Jul 2023Dartmoor ClassicDevon63, 109, 175km
1 Jul 2023CX Century – South Downs WayWinchester100, 160km
1 Jul 2023UKCE MagnifiCat SportiveBerkshire48, 115, 163, 200km
2 Jul 2023Ross Tiger 100Grimsby42, 93, 170km
2 Jul 2023Zurich Isle of Man Lighthouses ChallengeIsle Of Man45, 92, 165km
2 Jul 2023Struggle MoorsYorkshire93, 112km
2 Jul 2023White Rose ClassicIlkley74, 135, 192km
2 Jul 2023Bike OxfordOxfordshire40, 80, 160km
8 Jul 2023TwoTonTourHerefordshire320km
9 Jul 2023Bostin’ Diablo SportiveWest Midlands70, 120, 160km
9 Jul 2023The Little JohnNottingham160km
9 Jul 2023Broughton Castle SportiveBroughton8, 32, 80, 120, 160km
9 Jul 2023Tour of the ChilternsAmersham48, 100, 160km
9 Jul 2023Cambridgeshire RumbleSt Ives37, 116, 175km
9 Jul 2023Matlock Top 10Derbyshire63km
15 Jul 2023Lake District Gravel EpicConiston59, 73, 93km
15 Jul 2023UKCE Mendips ClassicSomerset27, 55, 81, 120km
15 Jul 2023The Flat 100 SouthPeterborough37, 96, 164km
16 Jul 2023Great Weston RideBristol92, 95, 101, 104, 108, 111, 117, 120km
16 Jul 2023Coast and Clay SportivePrideaux Place28, 71, 114, 167km
16 Jul 2023The Chilterns BeastGoring105, 161km
20 Jul 2023LONDON-PARIS by Tour de FranceLondon500km, 3 days
21 Jul 2023Grinduro WalesMachynlleth82km
22 Jul 2023Gran Fondo Isle of ManIsle of Man32, 64, 136km
23 Jul 2023Surrey Gravel ExplorerHerne Hill Velodrome80, 112km
25 Jul 2023Bostin’ Vyrnwy Velo SportivePowys70, 110, 130km
29 Jul 2023Dirty Dun RunHerne Hill Velodrome208km
30 Jul 2023Kent and Surrey Hills EpicCranleigh104, 183km
1 Aug 2023Salcombe Cyclo SportiveSalcombe45km
6 Aug 2023East Riding 100Bishop Burton53, 92, 172km
6 Aug 2023Bike ChesterChester40, 80, 128km
13 Aug 2023YAW100K SportiveWiltshire100km
13 Aug 2023Saddleback Sodbury SportiveHorton40, 80, 120, 160km
19 Aug 2023UKCE Cotswolds ClassicGloucestershire59, 88, 125km
19 Aug 2023Sams RideHampshire40, 80, 160km
19 Aug 2023Chilterns Gravel XKingston Blount60, 91km
20 Aug 2023Tour de MonIsle of Anglesey74, 124, 172km
20 Aug 2023Pedal Stirling SportiveStirling40km
20 Aug 2023Peak District EpicBakewell100km
20 Aug 2023Tour de Broads SummerNorfolk40, 80, 120, 160km
20 Aug 2023The Beast SportiveLancaster173km
24 Aug 2023Raiders Gravel GallowayGalloway3 days, 64km daily
27 Aug 2023Devon GritBudeleigh Salterton36, 58, 76, 100km
27 Aug 2023Helping Rhinos Hertfordshire 100Herts52, 100, 160km
2 Sep 2023UKCE Peaks TourEast Midlands85, 116, 157km
2 Sep 2023Essex Gravel EpicKelvedon Hatch54,73,104km
3 Sep 2023The Double Devil 2022Cross Hands149, 208km
3 Sep 2023RIDE EssexChelmsford58, 103, 160km
3 Sep 2023Le Petit Grand PrixLincoln56, 84, 133, 175km
3 Sep 2023Marlow Red Kite RideMarlow80km
3 Sep 2023Cross Border SportiveCumbria48, 80, 128km
3 Sep 2023Tour O The BordersPeebles88.8, 120km
3 Sep 2023Starley SportiveCoventry45, 101, 135km
9 Sep 2023Dukes Weekender Gravel EnduroAberfoyle60km
9 Sep 2023The Midland MonsterDerbyshire16, 64, 119, 167km
9 Sep 2023Deloitte Ride Across Britain Bike RideLands End256km
9 Sep 2023The Bealach MorKinlochewe144km
10 Sep 2023Cheshire Cycling SportiveKnutsford104km
10 Sep 2023Ridgeway 100Oxfordshire48, 86, 100km
10 Sep 2023Cycle Swarm IpswitchSuffolk40, 80, 160km
10 Sep 2023Eden Classic sportive cycling eventCornwall56, 100, 160km
10 Sep 2023Gravel Fondo CymruLlandovery45, 80km
10 Sep 2023Exmoor EpicUmberleigh111, 166km
16 Sep 2023Land’s End 100 SportiveCornwall74, 114, 168km
16 Sep 2023UKCE New Forest TourHampshire17, 71, 112, 155km
16 Sep 2023The Cambrian Coast SportiveAberdovey50, 100, 144, 162km
22 Sep 2023Kings Cup Gravel FestivalKings Forest52, 78km
23 Sep 2023Whitehorse SportiveMiddlesbrough50, 98, 124km
24 Sep 2023Eden Valley Epic Cycle SportiveCumbria96km
24 Sep 2023Gran Fondo Scotland Autumn ClassicFalkirk53, 79km
24 Sep 2023Poppyscotland SportiveScottish Borders76, 109, 164km
30 Sep 2023Dulux London RevolutionNorth London117, 132, 248km
30 Sep 2023UKCE The Surrey TourCranleigh88, 120, 160km
1 Oct 2023Moor to Sea SportiveExeter Race Course55, 112, 180km
1 Oct 2023Viking ChallengeNottingham30, 50km
1 Oct 2023Badlands GravelcrossOxfordshire35, 50, 68km
8 Oct 2023Tour of Worcester SportiveStoke-on-Trent80, 112km
8 Oct 2023The Boxer – South LakesLancaster106km
22 Oct 2023UKCE The Wye Valley ClassicMonmouthshire53, 85, 126km
29 Oct 2023UKCE Kent ClassicLingfield16, 46, 75, 111km
5 Nov 2023Essex Season EnderEssex68, 116km
19 Nov 2023Cumbrian Cracker Cycle SportiveCumbria96km
List of Gran Fondos in the UK