Taiwan kom challenge (October 26) Reigning British hill-climb champion Dan Evans is competing in what is dubbed ‘the world’s hardest race’. At 105km long, riders climb from the coast to 3,275m above sea level. Vincenzo Nibali won in three hours, 20 minutes last year.
Hill-climb world champs (October 26) Former pro Phil Gaimon is the man behind the unofficial Hill-climb World Championships which are not sanctioned by the UCI. Taking place on Gibraltar Road, made famous by appearing in the Tour of California, riders tackle a 6.14-mile ascent that averages eight per cent gradient. Gaimon is the current American champion.
national Trophy Series round two (Oct 28) The second round of the National Cross Series heads to Scotland to the beaches of Irvine. It is one of the toughest parcours in the British calendar, with riders having to deal with sand dunes. Belgian Braam Merlier won the opening round in Derby, and Beth Crumpton triumphed in the women’s race.
Telenet Superprestige Ruddervoorde (October 28)
European champion Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendon-circus) and world champion Sanne Cant (Iko-beobank) have both won the opening two rounds of the competition and will be looking for a hat-trick this weekend. Van der Poel won on the same course last year.