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.
A very good field for an evening 25, with the Jubilee slightly outnumbering the Forest, but also a trio of Fareham Wheelers riders. However, with one DNF each for the two clubs due to punctures, and one DNF for the Jubilee due to going off course, the finishing numbers for the Inter-club were the same. […]
Bob Jolliffe has been in touch with some of his recent results. On Weds, July 3, he rode the a3crg Middlemarkers’ 25 on P884b/25 finishing with 1-06-47 which he says is his best in England since 1983, giving him a plus of 5-18 on standard for a 66-year-old. The following Weds he clocked his best […]