At the end of July this year, six of the world’s top mass participation cycling events announced that they had come together to form the World Association of Cycling Events (WACE) – and in doing so, created a true ‘bucket list’ for lifelong cycle enthusiasts the world over!
Officially announced in Rome on 24 July 2015, WACE comprises of the following prestigious member events:
The Cape Town Cycle Tour (South Africa) is the largest timed cycling event in the world. The 109km Cycle Tour, first started back in 1977, attracts in excess of 35,000 cyclists to a scenic coastal race that kicks off from the beautiful city of Cape Town and features the iconic Table Mountain in the backdrop for much of the journey. (Offical Website)
The TD Five Boro Bike Tour (United States) is America’s largest charitable bike ride and one of the largest cycling events in the world. Started back in 1977, this ride sees 32,000 cyclists of all skill levels roll through every borough of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island) on 64 km of streets totally free of cars! (Official Website)
The Vätternrundan (Sweden) has been running since 1966 and each year sees 23,000 fairly fit cyclists tackle the long and beautiful 300 km journey around Sweden’s second largest lake, Lake Vättern, starting and finishing in the town of Motala. (Official Website)
L’Etape du Tour (France) is a race that allows cyclists to try their own hand on some of the grueling mountain routes that the famed Tour de France puts its professional riders through. Started back in 1993, this tour allows 15,000 very fit cyclists to experience some truly majestic views as they race through the french alps! (Official Website)
RideLondon (England) is a massive festival of cycling with more than 27,000 riders participating in five different events on traffic-free roads in London and Surrey over a summer weekend. The main event is the “RideLondon-Surrey 100”, which sees more than 25,000 amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge along a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races. It starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, goes out through London to Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills before returning to the capital to finish in spectacular style on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. (Official Website)
The Granfondo Campagnolo Roma (Italy) ride is part of a big cycling festival and takes place in Rome and surroundings along a 120 km route, with 1700m elevation gain. Cyclists will ride through history, through the magnificent scenery of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The peloton then passes Piazza Venezia, the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, the Capitol, Circus Maximus and Appia Antica, which leads out of town. At that point cyclists will discover the beautiful landscape of the Castelli Romani and Lake Albano which reflects the summer residence of the Pope in its waters, before returning to Rome and the Baths of Caracalla. (Official Website)
Right, so if you’re a true cycling enthuast, you now have some serious training to do if you ever want to tick these six world challenges off your events to do list!
In other words, it’s probably not a bad idea to go shopping for some bikes online – after all, you’re going to need something fancy.