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.

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...

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...

Stratford upon Avon Cycling Club Logo Rectangle

Stratford CC Reliability Ride Review 2018

  Stratford upon Avon Cycling Club Reliability Ride 2018 After last year’s non-finish because of the snow and poor group choice, I was back to try and conquer the Stratford CC Reliability Ride once again – this time with Hannah, doing it for the first time. With a newly-revamped venue open for the first time that day, the facilities were good. The weather was also...

Midlands Reliability Rides 2018

I’ve compiled a list of local club’s 2018 reliability rides for the Midlands area. This includes the West Midlands and the East Midlands. 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,...

Wiggle Forest Ranger Sportive Review 2017

This was to be my last sportive of the season and my second foray into the Wiggle Super Series after Mat and I tackled the Yorkshire Tour earlier this year. I’d signed up for the epic 83-mile route, but had plans to divert onto the 64-mile route given that storm Brian hadn’t quite passed over. The route started in Uttoxeter and took in parts of...