There's plenty of sporting action going on outside of the Commonwealth Games. Here’s our guide to some of the best sporting events taking place in England this summer.
Handle bar moustaches at the ready for L’Eroica Britannia! ‘The most handsome bike race in the world’ sees cyclists on sleek pre-1987 road racing bikes zoom past the dramatic scenery of the Peak District National Park from June 20 - 22. There’ll be a free vintage-style festival spanning the event. Mooch along the high street, stop off for a wet-shave or a hair do before feasting on the best of British food. Fancy a tipple too? Grab a Hendrick’s G&T and watch the wheels whiz by as racers loop the village green – the focal point of the festival.
When it comes to English sporting events, they don’t come much more spiffing than this. Every first weekend of July, a mixture of rowers, socialites and sun worshippers gather on the banks of the River Thames in Berkshire for five days of racing. In all there are 19 Cups to be won, with teams travelling from across the world to compete for the prestige of winning. In its 175th year, Henley is steeped in tradition, having been an established part of the social calendar since 1839.
The most famous cycling event on the planet will be whizzing its way through Angleterre from July 5 - 7. Chris Froome is bidding to repeat his spectacular 2013 win, as the three-week event sets off on home turf, threading through the rolling countryside and historical towns of Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex, before heading to London. Pack a picnic and cheer on a swarm of multi-coloured cyclists at one of many planned events and celebrations along the route, or experience Yorkshire Festival, a massive programme of cultural events including everything from Hockney to outdoor cinema taking place throughout England’s biggest county in the lead up to and during the race.
From July 13 - 20 Royal Liverpool will host the world’s best golfers at the Open Championship. Join in the furore at Formby Hall, home to a 72-par Old Course that’s a time-honoured venue on the European Challenge Tour. Golf break packages at Formby mean you can enjoy two rounds of golf before kicking back with a three-course dinner and discounted drinks. Then enjoy a luxurious night in one of the hotel’s sumptuous rooms.
In the heart of this grand old city, the Newcastle Triathlon sees competitors set off with a splash as they dive into the Tyne from the historic Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides on July 19. After a bike race along the river banks, cheer the triathletes as they run through the finishing line in the heart of the quayside. Even if you’re not competing you’re guaranteed to enjoy an even bigger buzz in the toon that night.
Cowes Week is the world’s premier sailing regatta, with almost 1,000 yachts and 8,000 competitors taking part in top-class sailing events from August 2 – 9. Its rich heritage attracts a wide range of competitors from amateurs to Olympic and World champions but you don’t have to take part to be part of the action. Cowes has a huge amount to offer both sailors and visitors alike, with an exciting racing schedule and a packed entertainment itinerary on shore throughout the week. Pull on your sunnies and admire the majesty of the yachts as they race across along The Solent from the shoreside.
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