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Evans Cycles Launches Expanded 2018 Store Rides Schedule

by Holly Blades

After a successful launch last year 2018 will see Evans Cycles expand their series of mini sportives which will be hosted from various Evans Cycles stores across the country. The rides compliment their popular RIDE IT series of cycle events bringing that same experience of an organised sportive to a smaller and more local scale.

The Sunday morning rides are typically around 50km in length with the timings designed to get you out on the bike exploring the local area and back again in time for Sunday lunch. It's a distance that is achievable for novice cyclists but also great for time-crunched cyclists who might not have the time for longer events whilst juggling riding, social and family commitments on the weekend. Unlike a traditional shop ride, the events will follow a mini sportive format each with a fully waymarked route allowing all abilities of cyclist to take part and ride at their own pace without the pressure of having to keep up with other riders.

RIDE IT Event Manager Mark Gregory said, "In 2017 we had a great response to our new minisportives series and this year we've been working with our store colleagues to build on that success.There are lots of new routes and ride locations all designed to get more people out, exploring newareas and enjoying riding their bikes."

Entry is £10 with finishers receiving a £5 voucher to spend in the store on their return and, like otherevents in the RIDE IT series, you'll get a fully waymarked route, a back-up route map, GPS downloads available before the ride, rider support whilst on the ride as well as free coffee at the store before and after the ride.

The full list of stores that will host the mini sportives this year are:

* Brighton
* Cambridge
* Cardiff
* Chelmsford
* Chester
* Gatwick
* Guildford
* Havant
* Kingston
* Leamington Spa
* Leeds Castleford
* Leicester
* Macclesfield
* Maidstone
* Manchester Trafford
* Milton Keynes
* Norwich
* Preston
* Reading
* Sheffield
* Sutton Coldfield
* Wimbledon
* York

Details of all the RIDE IT events including the new store sportives can be found at

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