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.
New Forest CC held round seven of the 10 series after a few weeks of longer club championship rides. Round seven was held on the P164, Boltons Bench course on a stiflingly hot evening with little breeze to cool the riders down. Paul Lockyer did not display any of the fatigue he was describing before […]
A high quality field came out on a scorching early summer evening to participate in the New Forest Club Championship 25 mile TT. The course was two laps from Ringwood down the Winkton, Bransgore and Crow. Paul Lockyer managed his effort perfectly to record an incredible time of 56:04. At the half way point […]