Category: Sportives

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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

There is a 2019 version of this list here. 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...

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...

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Velo Birmingham 2017 Review

I hadn’t planned on riding the 2017 Velo Birmingham. I was registered as tickets went on sale but I baulked at the £85 entry fee. About a month before the ride, a friend of a friend was selling an entry they would be unable to use for £35 – much more reasonable! I would however end up riding as Andy Smith rather than under my...

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La Ronde Picarde 2017 Review

La Ronde Picarde was planned as the last big ride of 2017 and the last little trip away with the bikes. The plan was to do the long 180km route and see if we could tick off Hannah’s first century ride. Taking place in Northern France and centring around Abbeville, La Ronde Picarde would take in a large part of the coast and the Bay...

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Mad Summer Hare 2017 Sportive

The final warm-up before tackling La Ronde Picarde a week later, the Mad Summer Hare was to provide a good challenge. It’s the first time that this sportive has taken place but it’s a sister sportive to the Mad March Hare which I tackled in 2016 and very wetly in 2017. The Mad Summer Hare was 100 miles and worked its way up Snowshill, Saintbury,...