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Sportives Information & Advice

Nutrition, training, packing lists, advice for travel

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:

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 »

You’ve booked your flight, you’ve found your hotel, you have your entry, you may have even done a little training. The high point of your cycling year is fast approaching, and making the most of your sportive experience is paramount in your mind. Whether or not you’ve attained the pinnacle of physical fitness you imagined yourself reaching when you were planning this trip, there are a whole host of things you can do that will make a huge difference to Continue Reading »

There aren’t many, probably under 10 in the world, but there are a few towns where the road bike is king and the town is centred around our wonderful sport. All of these towns share a few things in common – great facilities for cyclists, amazing routes from right out of town and great sportives to ride. Here are some of our favourite bike towns in Europe: Bagneres de Luchon Nestled in the heart of the Pyrennes, Bagneres de Luchon Continue Reading »

  Even heading off on a short ride from your home can include massive amounts of kits and dithering, so when you are flying to a major European Sportive it may help to have a Sportives Travel Packing Essentials list: Traveling by your bike 1. Bike Box – can be a soft shell or hard shell, you can buy them or rent just for your trip. Useful for adding some extra kit if you only have hand luggage to go Continue Reading »

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