As part of my trip to Belgium this year, before signing up to the Gent – Wevelgem sportive, this was the main event for me. A chance to ride up some of the same cobbled climbs that I’d seen the pros ride a couple ofRead more
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.
This was a late addition to the plan for my trip to Flanders. Having worked out the dates all fitted nicely and that the actual Gent – Wevelgem race clashed with the Fabian Cancellara Classic anyway, I may as well do one of the shorterRead more
I did this ride last year but managed to forget to actually sign-up for it, as such I didn’t do a write-up for it. I was so convinced that I’d signed up, that I went to the main desk and scanned down the list ofRead more
The Mad March Hare, My first proper sportive of 2017 and it was an awful, flooded, soggy day weather-wise. Once I’d accepted that I was to get wet, dealt with the wind and finally had the sun come out, it turned out to be quiteRead more
I completed the Rapha Festive 500 again between Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2016. The challenge is to cycle 500km over 8 days during the darkest, bleakest and most social time of the year. Part of the reward for completing the challenge, other than theRead more
Completing the 2016 Rapha Festive 500 This Christmas, I set myself the challenge to complete the Rapha Festive 500 again. The challenge that Rapha set is to cycle 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, which given the Winter weather and social restrictionsRead more
The Great Shakespeare Ride was the first sportive I ever did in my fledgling pre-lycra, pre-clippy shoes days. I remember it being very hard work with plenty of stops to recuperate and the last ten miles were a huge struggle. In the end I finishedRead more