It appears Chris and I are almost the zeitgeists as it includes our two favourites (in fact the only two we do):
2015 sees only the third running of the Atlas Etape, an all-day ride in the 40° heat of Morocco.
The route takes riders from arid plains on the outskirts of Marrakech to the ski resort of Oukaimeden in the Atlas Mountains. At 140km, it sounds like a relative walk in the park, but consider this: although it’s an out-and-back route, the first 70km are all uphill, gaining 2,129 metres of ascent, in some serious humidity.
Once you reach the mountain-top, you turn round and go hell for leather back to Marrakech.
Get on board before everyone’s doing it; the 2015 edition of the ride takes place on April 26.
A ride with plenty of atmosphere, but bring your best lights – it’s a night-time event.
The Dynamo started as a clandestine club run to the coast, but now sees several thousand cyclists undertake the 120-mile ride from Hackney in London to the lost town of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. Eerie, spectacular and life-affirming, you’ll not find many events like this one.
Just to add to the slightly esoteric feel of the Dynamo, the annual ride takes place on the Saturday nearest to July’s full moon – this year that’s the evening of Saturday, July 4