Category: Sportives

Like most road cyclists thesedays, I’ve ridden a few sportive events. I have mixed feelings about these but still regularly support my local ones and a number further afield for different reasons such as the Norwich 100. New sportive riders can learn from my experiences and can see if they can beat my times!

Each sportive I’ve ridden since the beginning of 2013 is written about in the posts below.

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Velo Birmingham and Midlands 2019 Sportive Review

After the fun of the 2017 edition of the Velo Birmingham, the event made its belated return in 2019. A completely different route saw the riders head east into North Warwickshire instead of west into Worcestershire. This made a difference to the parcours with a flatter profile and smaller rolling hills. It also meant paying a visit to lovely Coventry city centre. Thankfully after attempts...

Gent Wevelgem Sportive Review 2019

Gent Wevelgem is becoming a bit of a favourite sportive of mine having done it before in 2017 and 2018. 2017 I ended up doing two sportives in two days, so only did the 90km route as I didn’t want to be too tired for the longer E3 Harelbeke sportive I was doing the next day. In 2018 I rode the 140km route with Hannah,...

West Midlands Reliability Rides 2019

I’ve compiled a list of local club 2019 reliability rides for the West Midlands area. Dates and routes are to the best of my knowledge and research but I accept no liability (and so on and so on) for you turning up and it’s not on! What’s a Reliability Ride? The reliability ride is pretty much the older, more traditional brother of the modern day sportive...

Paris Roubaix Sportive 2018 Didi the Devil

Paris Roubaix 2018 Sportive Review

I rode Paris Roubaix once before in 2013, it was…interesting. I ended up riding a route of my own after puncturing and needing to chop off a corner to catch up. A group of friends suggested riding it again this year and wanting to banish the demons of 5 years ago, I said yes straight away but inside I was hesitant. We all headed down...

Tour of Flanders 2018 Podium

Tour of Flanders Sportive 2018 Review

During the week we’d had two days of full-on rain. Not good when cobbles are involved. We also went out for a ride with the intention of my doing some Paris Roubaix recon, only for me to fall off, get some scrapes, bruise a rib and worst of all, smash a pedal to bits. I’d also had to be rescued the day before whilst around...

Looking to the summit of the Kemmelberg from the Ossuary

Gent Wevelgem Sportive 2018 Review

Hannah and I decided to head to Belgium this Spring to catch as many of the pro races that we could. It also gave us the chance to ride some of the same roads the pros do. We were signed up to do both the Gent Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders sportives. I’d done the short version of Gent Wevelgem in 2017 but we were...