Sportives are growing fast … these events vary in distance and difficulty. You can do 15 miles or 150 miles or anything in between.
Sportives are ‘non competitive’ and great fun. They are organized very well, with signposting and feed stations – the time it takes you to complete is up to your ‘goals’ and fitness. Most organizers try to give alternative distances so that every participant can aim at something suitable. The courses are usually on open roads, but are well marshaled and the more established ones are often policed. Scenery and variety are always on offer and that is half the attraction of a sportive … as well as the challenge you set yourself and the fitness you gain.
There are plenty of sportives within reach around the New Forest. Entry fees are always expected, but you can often ‘turn up and pay’ so there’s plenty of flexibility. As you would expect, the tougher sportives are located in the mountains in Wales and the mountainous national park areas in the north (and there are increasingly soem great rides in the footsteps of the professionals available on the continent), but don’t be fooled … there’s some tough courses to challenge you not too far from home as well.
Take a look at the link attached for more information or ask a member of the club for more details.
By Bob Jolliffe NEW Forest Cycling Club’s Stuart Peckham followed up a sparkling 1-01-29 time in the Bournemouth and District Women’s Cycling Association 25 with a new personal best 50-mile in the Wessex Road Club event the following weekend. Peckham, from New Milton clocked 2-05-11 for 13th place overall in Sunday’s 50 west of Poole. [...]
By Bob Jolliffe NEW Forest Cycling Club convincingly won the first of two rounds in its inter-club competition against Sotonia CC south of Lyndhurst. Promoting the first of the two-event series, New Forest CC took the top three places with Gary Lock clocking a resounding 22-55 to win the 10-mile trial on a none-too-easy evening with [...]