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Sportives 2018 - What have you entered ...

Hi All.

New here. been out of action last few years with young family etc. Back on the trainer now, have entered a number of sportives / events for 2018, wondering what anyone else might have entered and what i've missed, or can be persuaded to enter ....


March 4th Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive 94.4km/ 1297m
http://www.epicevents.co.uk/cycle-sport ... -epic.html

April 21st Tour De Lauder 143km / 1872m
http://www.tourdelauder.co.uk/

May 12th Bealach Beag 72km / 952m (Last entered in 2010!)
http://www.handsonevents.co.uk/bealach-beag/

July 29th Ride London (Charity place) 164.4km / 1864m
https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/
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  • mcstumpymcstumpy Posts: 296
    Did the Tour de Lauder this year, albeit shorter route. Loved it, will sign up again this year. I think it sells out in a couple of weeks once booking opens in jan
  • So far starting in April 14th with Evans ride it Windsor not sure if doing 54 or 75
    https://www.evanscycles.com/evans-cycle ... 8-EV319947
    Then ride it reading 29 April again 60 or 90 miles
    https://www.evanscycles.com/evans-cycle ... 8-EV319950
    22nd July Nottingham wheeler 75 miles
    https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/event ... -sportive/
    11 August steeple chase 96 miles
    https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/event ... -sportive/
    Plus entered lottery for ride London 100 plus will prob do another 2-3 over the year .
  • Isle of Wight Randonne, Ride London, and Velo Birmingham for me, all the other Sportives in my locale tend to use roads / routes I ride anyway, so I wouldn’t want to pay anything to do a ride I was already doing.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 2,852
    Hi All.

    New here. been out of action last few years with young family etc. Back on the trainer now, have entered a number of sportives / events for 2018, wondering what anyone else might have entered and what i've missed, or can be persuaded to enter ....


    March 4th Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive 94.4km/ 1297m
    http://www.epicevents.co.uk/cycle-sport ... -epic.html

    April 21st Tour De Lauder 143km / 1872m
    http://www.tourdelauder.co.uk/

    May 12th Bealach Beag 72km / 952m (Last entered in 2010!)
    http://www.handsonevents.co.uk/bealach-beag/

    July 29th Ride London (Charity place) 164.4km / 1864m
    https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/

    The Eden Valley ride is a nice early season event. Excellent food stop in Appleby. Some really pleasant roads although the ones in the last 20 miles or so can be a bit rough and muddy.

    Have a look at the Forest of Bowland sportive in April. Really lovely route.
    https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/event ... -sportive/
  • Will definitely do Gridiron100 Randonee in New Forest again next year, was a really good event

    Will probably do Castle ride 100 mile in Kent in the spring again also

    I like the look of the Isle of Wight Randonee also, trying to convince a couple of mates to join up
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  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,639
    I've deferred the 3 pistes from last year, when my dodgy hip was properly giving me grief - fixed in August (I Am Titanium!), back to full commuting schedule now, but well aware that I'll need to be a lot fitter by May to get up the Lecht - I still find it hard to believe it's "only" 20% :oops:
    I've done it 3 times before, best time about 7½ hours, I know I can do it faster than that....
  • Thanks for sharing - interesting to see what others are entering, and some events I didn't know about.

    3 pistes sounds and looks interesting, an nearby for me, however website is down so will keep an eye on it..

    Cheers
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,639
    Thanks for sharing - interesting to see what others are entering, and some events I didn't know about.

    3 pistes sounds and looks interesting, an nearby for me, however website is down so will keep an eye on it..

    Cheers
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  • sh3psh3p Posts: 98
    only signed up for 3 next year so far,
    Cheshire Cat , Peaks Challenge and Yorkshire Beast.
    Am sure i will be doing Wales Velothon possibly the Wiggle new Forrest in April,
    And as many others that fit around my shifts :)
  • Haven't signed up for them but I'm going for:

    New Forest Spring - April - 83 Mi
    Sussex Gran Fondo - June - 122 Mi
    Mega Meon - July - 100Mi
    New Forest Sportive - Sept - 100Mi
  • Only the one.. etape du tour.. should be interesting!
  • kingstoniankingstonian Posts: 2,372
    Tour of Flanders - doing the 130km option

    Will probably do Tour of Cambridgeshire and see how close I can get to the qualifying times for the World Gran Fondo thingy

    Have put my name down in the ballot for a place in Ride London, won’t be too fussed if I miss out

    Might find something else in the summer months if Ride London doesn’t happen
  • Struggle Dales
    Dragon ride
    ToC
    Maratona
    L'Etape
  • Entered the RL 2018 ballot, that’s it so far. Time to get the skiing over with first then concentrate on the bike.
    Advocate of disc brakes.
  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 18,920
    Hell of the north, Shropshire highland challenge and autumn epic are definates.
  • I’ve only got the Tour du Mont Blanc booked so far. I’ll probably try fit a few local ones in for training.
    Road - Volagi Liscio
    MTB - Santa Cruz TallBoy
  • Hopefully some more gravel bike events, including "This is not a Tour" and the Yorkshire True Grit. The main box ticker this coming year is to do the Caledonian Way from Campbeltown to Inverness
  • mamba80mamba80 Posts: 5,032
    manxshred wrote:
    I’ve only got the Tour du Mont Blanc booked so far. I’ll probably try fit a few local ones in for training.

    if your on a solo, that is not a "i m only doing...." :D

    For me its L'Ariégeoise and La Velotoise, i did win a place in next years Maratona but it clashes, so might have to give it away or roll it over till 2019.
  • Only this one, as it's almost in my backyard: https://www.alpineclassic.com.au/routes/250km-ace/

    I can't recall meeting any UK riders on this over the years, but I've met Japanese, French, and German cyclists doing it.
  • Only one at the minute and thats the White Rose Classic, 114 miles and 10,000 ft of climbing.. I am now wondering why I did!

    I live in Norfolk, England where if you can climb 4,000 feet in 100 miles you've found every hill possible.
    I did however do the Durham Dynamo, Dragon Ride and Bike Bath last year all of which had at least 7,000 ft of climbs, so this one will kill me and put me off hills for ever!

    One slight problem is that I'm 6ft6 and 100kg so gravity and physics punish me on hills and I'm rubbish at climbing, so I stick it on the granny ring and watch all the women, then children, then grannies on their shoppers come past me as plod away on my multi thousand pound ornament!!
  • phil485phil485 Posts: 334
    Rawlinson Bracket is the only one I've signed up for. Local but good charity so I like to support it.

    Looking for a longer 2 or 3 day event to do but struggling for inspiration.
    Done tour of Wessex and Dragon Tour in the last couple of years.
  • phil485 wrote:
    Rawlinson Bracket is the only one I've signed up for. Local but good charity so I like to support it.

    Looking for a longer 2 or 3 day event to do but struggling for inspiration.
    Done tour of Wessex and Dragon Tour in the last couple of years.

    Have you thought about dulex trade London 2 days ?
  • Just the one so far, The Giant Kendal Castle Sportive
    Excellent route. Don't underestimate the difficulty of the climb away from Ullswater. Just because its not one of the famous lakes climbs, its as hard as any of the more famous ones. The last bit involves a loop east of Shap that is incessaent up & down. Nothing individually nasty, but it just sucks absolutely everything out of your legs.
  • mrb123 wrote:
    Have a look at the Forest of Bowland sportive in April. Really lovely route.
    https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/event ... -sportive/
    Did that a couple of years back. Great route, well organised. The feed stops are tail-end loaded, which makes a lot of sense. The route will be better now that two bridges washed away by storm desmond have been repaired, meaning the A65 is avoided.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,481
    I've jut signed up for the Dragon Ride Gran Fondo in June (230km, the profile looks like a particularly nasty saw

    http://www.letapeuk.co.uk/wales/letape-wales/event-info/

    I've talked about it in the past, but I didn't feel the need to do an organised event over the last couple of years, but I I didn't do much cycling last year, and want some motivation to push myself this year. The three year gap since I did RLS100 means my friends and relations are due a shakedown in the name of charity.

    Also, as mentioned over on censored 's review thread, the Castelli top is magnifficient, and you can only get at registration on event day.

    cyclc4.jpg

    cycle2.jpg

    They've included the profiles of all the major hills on the route into the shirt design.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,506
    Forest of Bowland are my local hills. Best riding in the country imo - the Trough of Bowland and Nick O Pendle climbs are wonderful.

    Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Cambridge for me. Entered the RideLondon ballot top, but not really fussed if I don't get in - I'll do the Dynamo instead
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Norvern Munkey/Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • milemuncher1milemuncher1 Posts: 1,472
    Not a sportive, but a cycling challenge nonetheless.

    http://saintsfoundation.co.uk/big-bike-challenge-2/

    I’ve been asked to work as a ride leader for B.C. on this.
    We’re riding from the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, to St.Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, over 2 days ( my group is at least) 170 odd miles on day 1, and 65 on day 2. We did the ride from the Bet 365 Stadium in Stoke last year, this is a bit further. At least it’s not Carlisle
  • figbatfigbat Posts: 680
    I have a piece of paper with my plan for the year on it, but only have a couple booked so far (Evans Ride-it in Newbury and Reading, both the MTB courses). For the road I’m looking at things like the Magnificat in June, Evans Cycles Ride-it Newbury in September, Bike Oxford n August and one in Childrey in March.
    Cube Reaction GTC Pro 29 for the lumpy stuff
    Cannondale Synapse alloy with 'guards for the winter roads
    Fuji Altamira 2.7 for the summer roads
    Trek 830 Mountain Track frame turned into a gravel bike - for anywhere & everywhere
  • BrakelessBrakeless Posts: 865
    Not a sportive, but a cycling challenge nonetheless.

    http://saintsfoundation.co.uk/big-bike-challenge-2/

    I’ve been asked to work as a ride leader for B.C. on this.
    We’re riding from the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, to St.Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, over 2 days ( my group is at least) 170 odd miles on day 1, and 65 on day 2. We did the ride from the Bet 365 Stadium in Stoke last year, this is a bit further. At least it’s not Carlisle

    Do you have a Strava link to last years ride ? I’d like to see what route you used. Thanks
  • yorkshirerawyorkshireraw Posts: 1,240
    Weekend double header -

    Saturday 26th May:

    http://www.richmondcc.co.uk/cyclosportives
    Great club organised event, 118 miler is somewhat tough - done it 3 times previously in all kinds of weather.

    Nice warm up for this the next day....
    https://ridethestruggle.com/collections ... ggle-dales

    Broken foot the last month really hasn't helped....
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