The Tour Essex

The Tour Essex Sportive will take place on Sunday the 12th of June 2022.

We’ll guide you through many of the wonderfully road bike friendly lanes that we at SportiveUK cycle on a regular basis. Immaculate surfaces will get your wheels spinning making for an impressive average speed, but you prefer to meander you’ll enjoy the beautiful Essex countryside in full bloom.

Grab a tasty snack at one of the three feed stops


All routes enjoy the picturesque roads of Essex that is known for its flattish nature, however, there are a few lumpy surprises in the last 10 miles that’ll certainly get your legs pumping. You’ll then be greeted onto the the last 2km of the closed road circuit at Redbridge Cycling Centre – There are no cars here so you can really push it, maybe have a friendly race with a mate.

A distance for everyone!

Tour Essex features a 42, 72, and 110 mile choice of routes that utilise many of the same spectacular roads as a certain British stage of a famous French race.

Online Entry

Online pre-entry allows you to get this event in your diary and is the easiest way to secure your place. Numbers are limited for this event and you will be saving yourself an admin fee if you enter on-line rather than paying on the day. On-line pre-entry will also allow you to turn up on the day and just collect your entry pack without the hassle of filling in forms, registering and queuing up.

42 Miles
This is a great route for the beginner or someone entering their first sportive. Anyone looking to get involved in the Tour de Essex and hasn’t quite got the legs for the longer rides, this is for you.

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72 Miles
The 72 mile route  will take you further out onto the quiet countryside roads of Essex towards picturesque villages and well kept roads. The stunning route with few, but rewarding hills creates more of a challenge for those looking to feel the burn in their legs.

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110 Miles
If you are looking to experience anything close to the distances those in the peloton encounter on a daily basis then this is the route for you. We’ve not pulled any punches with this route, its tough and should only be attempted by those who really want a challenge. You’ll still see some fantastic countryside but boy, will it be a test of your endurance and stamina.

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Tour Essex Routes

42 MilesTour de France Essex SportiveView Larger Map

72 MilesTour de Essex FranceView Larger Map

110 MilesSmall long routeView Larger Map

The Standard Times for 110 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 6:10 Gold,  6:30 Silver,  6:50 Bronze.

Age Group 40 to 49 = 6:25 Gold,  6:40 Silver,  7:00 Bronze.

Age Group 50 to 59 = 6:35 Gold,  6:50 Silver,  7:10 Bronze.

Age Group 60+ = 6:50 Gold,  7:10 Silver,  7:30 Bronze.

The Standard Times for 72 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 4:20 Gold,  4:40 Silver,  5:00 Bronze.

Age Group 40 to 49 = 4:35 Gold,  4:50 Silver,  5:10 Bronze.

Age Group 50 to 59 = 4:45 Gold,  5:00 Silver,  5:20 Bronze.

Age Group 60+ = 5:00 Gold,  5:20 Silver,  5:40 Bronze.

The Standard Times for 42 miles are:

Age Group 18 to 39 = 2:20 Gold,  2:40 Silver,  3:05 Bronze

Age Group 40 to 49 = 2:30 Gold,  2:50 Silver,  3:15 Bronze

Age Group 50 to 59 = 2:40 Gold,  3:05 Silver,  3:30 Bronze

Age Group 60+ = 3:00 Gold,  3:25 Silver,  3:50 Bronze.

Event Headquarters

Redbridge Cycling Centre
Forest Road
Essex IG6 3HP

The HQ is minutes away from the A12 or for those on Public Transport Chadwell Heath station is very close with regular trains from London.


You will have chosen a Start Wave during registration. Please refer to your entry confirmation email.

On the Day Registration

Some on the day entries are available but you must contact us first to go onto the entry on the day list, due to social distancing we have to strictly cap numbers. People who show up on the day without contacting us first will be unlikely to get a place. 

People wishing to register on the day must fill a registration form and pay for their entry in cash. A form can be downloaded Here.

Other Information

There is a mechanic and drink stops on route where you can refill your bottles and tuck into some food to keep you going. You should however bring spare food and drink as the route is rural and may not be near shops.

We do our best to try and make sure your ride on the road runs as smoothly as possible by marking the roads clearly. If you find you have not seen a marker for a while, stop and consult your map, ask someone, or find a landmark and give us a call using the number provided on the day.

Once you complete the ride, make sure you report back to one of our team at the finish line and hand back the timing chip. We’ll make sure your time is recorded. If you do not report back, you may be presumed lost and emergency services may be called.

Wearing a helmet is compulsory. Failing to do so will result in refused entry.

Enjoy the ride! Tour de Essex