July 8, con­dor­cy­cles.com/fes­ti­val

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Ev­ery year the cultish cy­cling brand Rapha puts on a mam­moth 220mile cy­cle from Manch­ester’s velo­drome to the one in the Olympic Park, in aid of the char­ity Am­bi­tious about Autism. Rapha’s boss, Si­mon Mot­tram, has an autis­tic son, and the course is de­signed to be ex­tremely tough.

This year, for the first time, it is launch­ing an 80-mile race to widen par­tic­i­pa­tion. It starts at Cas­tle Ashby, the beau­ti­ful an­ces­tral home of the 7th Mar­quess of Northamp­ton. The longer route goes through Bos­worth Hall, too. Septem­ber 2, rapha.cc/gb/en/ stories/m2l Es­tate’s glo­ri­ous sweep­ing park, com­prises a 1.2-mile swim and a 56mile bike ride that winds along the coastal road be­fore pass­ing the Queen’s res­i­dence at San­dring­ham.

The event fin­ishes with a 13-mile run around the es­tate, where you might catch up with some of the freely roam­ing herd of fal­low deer. You’d be in good com­pany; Lord Le­ices­ter, the cur­rent Earl, is an Iron­man him­self, al­though con­fesses he hasn’t done his own es­tate’s race – yet. shar­ing their home for one of the UK’s largest triathlons. The WoBurner, which is a step up from Olympic dis­tance, starts with a 1,900m lake swim. From there, it’s on to the lawn in front of the Grand Abbey, the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford since the 1620s, for a 90km bike ride through the coun­try­side out­side the es­tate, and a 21.1km run. You can sign up your kids, too – there are ju­nior triathlons and “scootathons” for those over four. Septem­ber 8, hu­man­race.co.uk/ event/woburn-abbey-triathlon

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