Category: Sportives

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Wiggle Yorkshire Tour Sportive 2017 Review

I was supposed to be going on holiday cycling from Berlin to Copenhagen for a week but because of Ryanair refusing to take the bikes onboard, I was suddenly free. Hannah had signed up for a cheeky weekend in Yorkshire with a 100km Wiggle sportive out from Thirsk. I got an invitation to tag along. The Wiggle Yorkshire Tour started at Thirsk racecourse before going...

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Rapha Rising Challenge Roundel 2017

Rapha Rising is a challenge on the Strava website to climb a certain amount of metres across a set number of days. Riders from across the world can take part, complete the climbing and then send off to receive a woven roundel to mark the completion of their efforts. The Rapha Rising is similar to the Rapha Festive 500 (which I’ve completed twice, in 2014...

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Ride Staffs Sportive 2017 Review

The Ride Staffs sportive took place on 2nd July 2017. Starting from Chillington Hall, a large country house between Wolverhampton and Telford, riders were sent on their way for 70 miles around Staffordshire. This was my first sportive since the recent Dragon Ride and the main goal was to ensure that Hannah made it round her first 100km ride. Riding the Ride Staffs Sportive We...

Dragon Ride L'Etape Wales 2017

Dragon Ride 2017 – L’Etape Du Tour Wales

The Dragon Ride had been identified as a keystone of my cycling in 2017. Several club members had come up with the idea of doing it earlier in the year, it seemed like a good next goal after heading to Belgium in the Spring. The route would leave Port Talbot and take us up into the Brecon Beacons for some proper climbing before returning to...

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Fabian Cancellara Classic 2017 (E3 Harelbeke) Cyclo Sportive Review

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 of days before (and a bit of preparation for whenever it is I’ll get round to riding the Tour of Flanders)....

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Gent – Wevelgem Cyclo 2017 Review

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 shorter versions (90km) of this sportive. Traditionally known as a bit of a ‘sprinters classic’ because it often finishes in a...