Category: Sportives

The Dartmoor Classic was first run by Mid Devon Cycle Club in 2007, back when there were only a few sportives in the calendar.  It’s excellent organisation, route and ethos has seen it grow to over 3000 riders taking part in three route options: Grande 107 miles 10,000 ft climbing Medio 67 miles 6,300 ft climbing Debutante 34 miles 2,600 ft climbing Stating from Newton Abbot Racecourse, riders are set off in waves of around 40 riders behind a neutralising…

Prepare your kit

The day before a sportive, get you kit and bike sorted. The reason to prepare in advance is so that on the day of the sportive, all you need to do is worry about getting to the venue, registering and make a start. I like to get my clothes ready, get a box of kit ready and sort out my bike. If you have time, I like to do a 10 mile ride to loosen my legs and check the…

In the pen

Cyclosportive The Smuggler Sportive is a new event for 2014, raising money for Force Cancer Charity and North Devon Hospice, and starts from Barnstaple, heads east over Exmoor, then north to the coast, over some lumps and back to Barnstaple. It was a really nice small event with 450 entrants. We had free breakfast, porridge and tea followed by kedgree and tea. We were in the first wave so were actual set of by the actual mayor of actual Barnstaple…

Preparation for a sportive is a founding cornerstone of my pre-ride planning and preparation. However, for The Smuggler I twisted my ankle 2 weeks before the event meaning I could not do any ride honing. But I did also get my usual bike service by John Benny at Alltrax to ensure it was still box fresh and mint. It passed with flying colours, only needing 2 new tyres, a bottom bracket, both chain rings, chain and cassette, and wheel rims…

Post ride beer

So, I did the Exmoor Beast with my Brother-in-law Matt on Sunday (figure 1). We were both down for the 100m, but Matt had just completed an ultra-marathon the week before – 50k along north Devon coast, and I didn’t want to get too wet so we were always going to decide the route length at the split, around 40 miles in. Start line We arrived early to meet up and register in time to start as near to 7am…

The New Forest Sportive to a Devon rider is viewed as pancake flat. An opportunity to crank up the average mph. Also a rare opportunity to do long miles on the fixie Having easily completed the 60 mile route on a fixie in 2012, we decided to go for the 100 miles on a fixie for 2013. We actually did some training as we knew we would need extra flexibility, extra ability to over come lactic acid and extra hard arses.  We…