THE HYDRA RIDE is a sportive-style road cycle ride, the third edition happened on Sunday 26 June 2022. 

Starting from Wood Street, in the heart of Swindon Old Town, a choice of three routes all go south-east along rolling roads winding through stunning countryside.

The Hydra 5, 7, and 9 offer challenge for riders of all abilities with rewarding climbs and swift descents. ENJOY THE RIDE >

"my buddies and I really enjoyed the ride, defo up for next year"

"a great sportive, a challenging route that really tested resolve"

"up there with the well-established sportives"

"an excellent event, really enjoyed the ride"


Click below to see pictures from The Hydra Ride 2021


HYDRA 5, 7 OR 9?

 55k, 72k or 91k. Three routes, all abilities. Click below to find out which is right for you.



All profits from The Hydra Ride go to Friends of Lethbridge Primary School (FOL), registered charity 291895. After running costs the 2022 event raised £1,400 profit all of which went to FOL. 

FOL raises funds to enhance the education of the 500 children who attend Lethbridge Primary School. In recent years FOL funds have provided a suite of 40 iPads with a mobile charging station to enable interactive teaching, a new library has been kitted out and filled with books to give children access to a wide range of reading, the playground markings have been repainted to better facilitate physical education and stimulate break time activities and a school-wide all-day STEM workshop was paid for to create interest in science and technology.

The organisers of The Hydra give their time for free, claim no expenses nor take any profit from the event. 




The Hydra Ride is sponsored by Swindon Financial Services. Their generous support offsets nearly all of the costs of running the event meaning more money goes to our charity.

Swindon Financial Services is a well established local business helping private and corporate customers with financial planning and wealth management. The business already supports local schools and are keen to put something back into the community. Business owner, Alex Wilkie is also a keen cyclist who rode the Hydra in 2019. We're really pleased to have them on board and grateful for their help in running the event.

Thanks also to Swindon Cycles and RUN for their continued support behind the scenes.


HYDRA 5, 7 OR 9?

Three routes, all abilities. Click below to find out which is right for you.