If you’re looking for a road challenge this year, then take a look at these women’s-only sportive rides to get you going.
Sportives are enjoyed by thousands of hobby cyclists every year. Their purpose is to get you in the saddle, socialising with other riders and to challenge your skills.
These events are non-competitive in nature, although there will always be those few keen riders after the victory of crossing the finish line in the first wave. Just like a regular race, you’re given a number board and your times are recorded, however it’s more about pushing yourself and your cycling abilities.
Some sportives follow famous race routes all over the world, allowing you to cycle in the tyre-paths of legendary riders whilst exploring new landscapes and unfamiliar terrains.
Sportive events can be road, or off-road. Though most are on road, it’s worth checking to be sure you’re so when choosing the right ride for your bike! Usually there are a number of distances you can choose to ride, so choose a realistic route which is challenging, but fun.
These events are perfect for entry level riders of all ages and ability. They’re a great introduction to timed riding in a non-competitive environment. Though many women enjoy riding mixed sex sportives, some prefer to pedal it out amongst others of the same gender – let’s face it, we do make the best riding buddies and our post-ride coffee and cake chat is way more entertaining!
We’ve rounded up some of the UK’s women’s-only sportives for 2016 – take a look and start booking up!
When: Sunday May 8th 2016
Where: Torbay Velopark
Price: £30 pp entry
Distance: 42km Devonian Route
The GeoPark Sportive is a British Cycling registered event, and it’s back for the 3rd year running.
The 42km women’s only circular route is ideal for novices and experts alike. With a total ascent of 800m, the route takes you from the Velopark through Marldon, Ipplepen, Berry Pomeroy and Galmpton before returning to the start.