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.
I’ve had the following information from Bob Jolliffe, many of the long term members or older riders will remember Geoff racing as well as being involved in club organisation. Former long-term New Forest CC secretary Geoff Smith is in Southampton General Hospital with a broken leg after falling from his bike on the A337 at […]
Update from Bob Jolliffe with his weekend activities – New Forest CC’s 66-year-old Bob Jolliffe had a brilliant social weekend at the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Track Championships at the Derby Arena Velodrome, even if his attempts at racing were lacklustre. Despite only finishing in one event of two entered, the Group F (age […]