One Day Classics

You’ve ridden some local sportives in the UK. You’ve spent your work days in July glued to ITV Player watching the Tour. You’ve read all about the cobbles of Roubaix and the bergs of Flanders. Its time to pack your bike and ride the greatest roads in the world at one of Europe’s best sportives. Here is our guide to everything you need to know to ride your first sportive:

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 »

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 »

Its the biggest cycling weekend of the year with the most famous one day race in world cycling and a massive sportive to boot. If you have ever thought about going, here is everything you need to know. Paris Roubaix Sportive The day before the pro race is your chance to ride the famous pave. The sportive is an homage to the hell of the north. The cobbled sections are rarely opened to cyclists so this is a unique opportunity Continue Reading »