The new year is well and truly here – and what better way to motivate yourself to get out and ride than the promise of an amazing day in the saddle? Even better if that day in the saddle will be considerably more enjoyable if you build up enough fitness between now and then to get the most of the route.
We’ve heard it said that the ‘sportive market is saturated’ – and that statement might well bear a little truth. However, there are a few that stand head and shoulders above the rest either in terms of atmosphere, attractiveness or downright brutality (it’s ok, they’re not all brutal).
We’ve rounded up some of the super special sportives we think are well worth signing up for in advance. These are carefully selected events that we’ve either ridden or would love to ride – though we decided to leave out a couple that were over £70 for a day in the saddle.
Here are ten of the best – each promises a memorable experience that is well worth training for…
Cycle an entire island in a day:
Isle of Wight Randonnee – Sunday 30 April
Ok, so it is a small island. But it’s still pretty cool to cycle round the perimeter of the Isle of Wight alongside thousands of other cyclists. You can choose to ride 100km (62 miles) or 55 km (34 miles), with the option to include some gravel paths if you wish.
The route – which you can follow any day of the year via blue cycling signs – was established in 1985 by the Wayfarers. The event is completely free to enter and around 3,000 riders are expected – find out more here.