Sportives are mass participation rides. Organisers provide way marking, feed stations and mechanical support, leaving you – the rider – to concentrate on the simple act of pedalling over beautiful terrain.
Events can vary dramatically – from century-plus rides over mountains to much shorter beginner friendly rides. As a beginner, the epic trials offered by some organisers may seem intimidating, but it’s important to remember that there are plenty of rides out there for those who don’t want to rip their legs off.
We’ve rounded up a few of the more beginner friendly rides. Entering one of these could provide fantastic motivation to get you out riding in the run up to your ride, and we promise the sense of achievement you’ll feel after finishing will be well worth the effort. It’s addictive, too – it may not be long before you’re signing up for a bigger challenge!