Sportives are mass participation, organised rides, that give cyclists the chance to enjoy spinning along with like minded riders.
Way-marking, mechanical assistance, feed stations and electronic timing are usually provided – so effectively all you need to do is turn up with your bike (and a puncture repair kit) – ready to roll.
Riding a sportive takes away the planning of a normal ride, and you might just find that having a number on the front of your bike makes you ride a little faster.
There are a lot of sportives out there with macho names that promise to ‘rip your legs off’ and ‘test your limits’. But if that’s not your cup of tea, don’t let it put you off the events altogether.
Sportives can vary from less than 10 miles to well over 100 – we’ve rounded up some of the beginner friendly events for those thinking of dipping a toe in…