As a cyclist myself, I have always been interested in major events such as ‘The Tour of Britain’ and the ‘Milk Race’. These are quite prestigious events with the winners being honoured with a cheque and the customary champagne fizzy shower, [resulting in me having to wipe down my cameras before damage!]. Just as enthusiastic, I find youths doing their stunts, down at the skate park.
The National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont is home to assorted canoeing and kayaking competitions including those held by the British Canoe Union and the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. Some here are athletes preparing for inclusion in the British teams to the Olympic Games. Nottingham has also been holding Dragon Boats races along the River Trent.
Also contact sports which includes Shrovetide ‘Mob’ Football event in Ashbourne Derbyshire. A fine anarchistic and weird event going back perhaps for nearly a 1000 years. There is loads of violence, but not too much animosity.