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Number 5 in our series of sportives you have to ride in your lifetime is a gem on the Adriatic. Not widely known in the UK with only a few hundred Brits in attendance each year, this is one of the biggest events in the Italian amateur cycling calendar. Entries for the 2016 event sold out in record time – just 4 minutes! And this is not a small, local sportive. 13,000 riders take to the streets of Cesenatico every Continue Reading »

At number 4 in our series of unmissable sportives, the ones you have to ride at some point of your life, is probably the most iconic ride in cycling – Paris Roubaix. Its not very long (the long route is 163km), its very flat with almost no serious inclines and the weather is often perfect for cycling in mid April. Despite all this, the Paris Roubaix sportive is one of the most punishing events in the calendar with horrific cobbled Continue Reading »

Excluding December, there are just four bank holiday weekends in 2016. That’s four opportunities for oversees cycling breaks with zero days off work. Here, we go through all the Sportive options for the four bank holiday weekends: Easter Weekend: March 25th – March 28th 2016 The Sportive – Gent Wevelgem One of the early season classics in the European cycling calendar. The route heads out from Wevelgem to western Flanders past WW1 battlefields and the beautiful town of Ypres. There Continue Reading »

You can’t just turn up and play football at Wembley the day before the cup final. You can’t go and bat at Lords the morning of a Test match and you can’t run the 100m at the Olympic Stadium while Usain Bolt is warming up on the track. Unique to cycling is the brilliant reality that in most of the best one day races anyone can ride a sportive over the exact route as the pros. From cobbled climbs in Continue Reading »

The sportive season is finally here. The first two months are firmly focused on northern Europe and the famed pave of northern France and cobbled bergs of Flanders. March & April are packed with some great sportives. Cycling weekends do not come better with great beer, nightlife and massive pro races on the Sunday. Best of all these sportives are a stones throw from Calais so you can leave after work on Friday and be back in time for supper Continue Reading »

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