Ride reports for sportives
Riding Les Bosses du 13 Season ending sportives have so many advantages; the pain is a fraction of that of the big mountain monsters of the summer and the bruising cobbles of spring, the weather is normally great and most people are in great shape with months of miles in the legs. Les Bosses may just be the perfect season ender.
Less than 24 hours after the 2016 Etape du Tour route was announced, we got ourselves to Megeve. At 9am in chilly 2 degree weather, we embarked upon the 146km route to Morzine. These are our notes from a stunning day’s riding:
The first sportive of the year is in the books. Here’s what went down in Ghent for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The Pro Race A sunny but chilly Saturday in Ghent played host to the first big pro race of the season. For a full race report, check out the usual suspects (here is the Cycling Weekly write up). The finish this year was by the Citadel park to the south of the city. The pubs close by were busy early Continue Reading »
The spring classics ended last weekend with Liege Bastogne Liege and this sportive feels very much like an end of season celebration – no nerves on the start line or local cycling clubs racing each other, just thousands of cyclists from around the world riding some of the best climbs in northern Europe with a chance to ride with the man himself. Philippe Gilbert is from Aywaille, the host town to his sportive, and having these climbs on his doorstep Continue Reading »
Early May is the changing of the seasons for cycling sportives. Gone is the early spring of cobbles, headwinds and waffles. Now is the late spring of warm Italian Granfondos with long climbs, loud kits and amazing food. The Granfondo Colnago is part of the Colnago Cycling Festival which includes a bike expo, round the lake ride on the Saturday and the main ride on the Sunday. Ernesto Colnago himself attends and happily chats with riders and poses for photos Continue Reading »