A thigh-warming climb of 1,140ft over 100 miles of Cambridgeshire countryside makes this a perfect, if tough, way to get you back in the saddle for 2016. Just make sure you can lie down the next day.
As the popularity of rugby sevens continues to grow, one of its biggest competitions, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, lands in England for the 10th and final tournament of the 2015-16 season.
Since the debut of the series in 1999, New Zealand have claimed the trophy 12 times. Can they beat the other 16 teams to make it lucky 13?
Belvoir Castle, Grantham
Take in the beautiful grounds of this stately home by rubbing your face in their dirt while tackling Tough Mudder’s 18km of rope, walls, and dumpsters of ice water. For a lighter challenge, there’s an 8km event on May 14.
Get your geek on
Despite the name, comics are only a small part of the geek-fest that is the MCM London Comic Con. Have pics taken with your favourite characters, get your Hulk hands autographed by comic, TV and movie stars, or lose yourself in a sea of Deadpools at the cosplay parade.
St Patrick’s Hill, Cork
Powered by nothing more than gravity, bravery and sheer audacity, the hand-built Red Bull Soapbox Racers will be hurling themselves down this ultra-steep Irish road. The thrill of their downhill dexterity is rivalled only by the wackiness of their designs. Previous years have seen rodeo clowns, corn cobs and Minions battling corners and the clock.