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The ultimate selection of events for the travelling cycling fan

The biggest selection of cycling events for the travelling sportive rider and cycling fan

You can't beat the excitement of a bike race, either as a cyclist or as a spectator. We take a look at the 3 Grand Tours, the 5 Monuments of Cycling and some of the other big races on the UCI WorldTour cycling calendar. Many Professional races also have amateur versions attached to them so you can test yourself on the same course as the Pros during the same weekend. Apart from the 5 Monuments (Milan Sanremo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege Bastogne Liege and Il Lombardia), why not try Strade Bianche, Gent Wevelgem, Amstel Gold Race or the Tour de Yorkshire?


UCI WorldTour events are the highest level events for professional cyclists. The WorldTour is a series of events and riders compete in races to win the overall title as well as for the title in individual events. The UCI Women’s WorldTour was launched in 2016 and replaces the World Cup with also adding stage races to the calendar. The men’s WorldTour is comprised of 37 events, spread over 18 countries. The Women’s WorldTour has 23 events, in 10 countries. You can be there in person and have a front row seat with our VIP experiences and hospitality options at many races throughout the year.

The Big 3 cycling events for amateurs are the Etape du Tour, the Marmotte Gran Fondo and the Maratona dles Dolomites.  Apart from the Big 3, you can also look into Mallorca 312, Ride London and the Gran Fondo Quebrantahuesos. If one day is not enough then why not try 3 day or 7 day challenges at a Haute Route event or at the Tour Transalp?

Cycling events with amateur events attached to them give you the opportunity to 'Ride and Watch'. You can ride the event first before watching the Pros showing you how it's done the day after. Some examples are: the Strade Bianche, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. For our complete selection of 'Ride and Watch' weekends, have a look at our calendar here.

Ride and Watch




Gran Fondo Events

The name Gran Fondo is often used in the US for cycling events. In Europe the name Cyclo-Sportive tends to be used more in France while Gran Fondo is used more often in Italy for the events there. In terms of what they are, there is no real difference between the two types of events apart from the name. These amateur cycling events tend to be of a competitive nature with usually closed roads to traffic, cut off times, timing, start pens based on performance plus the need to obtain a medical certificate from your doctor (only in France and Italy). 

Multi-Day Cyclo-Sportives

With the conception of the Haute Route series of events, a whole new trend started for tough, multi-day competitive cycling events where you will live like a Pro cyclist for a week. It all started with the Haute Route Alps, then the Haute Route Pyrenees and future events will also include the Haute Route Dolomites and Haute Route Mont Ventoux among others.

The Biggest Events on the Professional Cycling Calendar

The 3 Grand Tours - 3 week multi-day tours; Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana

The 5 One Day Monuments of Cycling - Milan San Remo,  Tour of FlandersParis - RoubaixLiege Bastogne Liege, and finally Giro Lombardia

The Multi-day spring racesTirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice

The One day semi-ClassicsOmloop het Nieuwsblad, Strade Bianche, Gent Wevelgem

The Autumn Classics - Milano - Torino, Gran Piemonte

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Sports Tours International provide a range of packages to the biggest and best cycling events across the globe. Whether your're looking to ride the same route as the pro's, compete in international races, or watch the biggest events in the cycling calendar, Sports Tours International have a package for you. With over 45  years of experience in sports travel, our experience will make yours.