7 Sportives you should try in 2013

Starting line from a Sportive

If like me, January is the month that you start to set your goals for the year ahead, then you might be considering entering your first cycling event. Sportives have become very popular over the last few years. The challenge of riding a long distance, over challenging terrain appeals to a lot of cyclists. Read on to discover 7 Sportives that you should try this year.

[See also: 10 London Cycling Events You Shouldn’t Miss Out On]

1. Evans RideIt! Gatwick

Date : 10th February – Entry Link

Route Options: Fun Route 12 miles, Short Route 30 miles, Medium Route 50 miles, Long Route 70 miles.

An early season ride through the towns and villages of West Sussex including a ride through Ashdown Forest. Excellent organisation, a fully signed route, and well stocked feed stations are highlights of all of the Evans RideIt! series of events.

2. Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive

Date : 13th/14th April – Entry Link

Route Options: Standard 59 miles, Epic 87 miles

Run over 2 days, this is one of the biggest early season Sportives. This event has been voted one of the UK’s top 10 Sportives and takes place in the outstanding New Forest National Park. You benefit from quiet roads, stunning scenery and a relatively flat route. Excellent feed stations and a fully signed route await participants on this event.

3. Somerset Hills Grand Fondo

Date : 5th May – Entry link

Route Options: Picollo Fondo 86k, Medio Fondo 134k, Grand Fondo 192k

A real challenge taking in the epic Cheddar Gorge, the Mendip Hills and the Quantocks. The routes are full of testing climbs – 7500ft on the Grand Fondo – as well as many sharp descents.

[See also: 35 of the Best London Cycle Routes]

4. The MITE London Revolution

Bikes stationed at a Sportive event

Date : May 18th/19th – Entry Link

Route Options : Day One 101 miles, Day Two 84 miles, or complete both

Fancy something a little more adventurous? This event takes in a 185 mile circuit of London over 2 days starting from the Excel Centre. Day One takes riders north through Epping Forest and west in to the stunning Chilterns. After an overnight camp at Windsor racecourse, where entertainment and food will be laid on, day 2 sees riders attempt parts of the Olympic road race course including the iconic Box Hill. A crossing of Tower Bridge and return to the start point close the loop.

5. Wiggle Surrey/Sussex Scramble

Date: 2nd June – Entry Link

Route Options: Standard 75 miles, Epic 100 miles

Attempt a century (imperial or metric) on the best roads and climbs the North and South Downs have to offer. A lumpy rather than hilly circuit ensures a fast and flowing ride. The June date should give the best chance of decent weather too!

6. Cycling Weekly Box Hill Original

Date: 13th October – Entry Link

Route Options : Short 44 miles, Standard 90 miles, Epic 103 miles

A sportive taking in 3 of the UK’s top 100 climbs including the Olympic road race climb of Box Hill. The event starts from Epsom race course and takes you on a circuit through the varied landscape of the Surrey Hills and the North Downs. This is a great late season event to cap off your year. This event is is very popular, exceedingly well organised and certainly presents a substantial challenge of fitness.

7. Wiggle Wight Winter Sportive

Date: 1st December  Entry Link

Route Options : Standard 43 miles, Epic 63 miles

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should hang up your helmet. This sportive provides a great bit of motivation to keep going and allows you to explore the enchanting Isle of Wight. Ferry travel is included and the route takes in the best hills that the island has to offer – often allowing sea views in both directions from the top. Mince pies and hot drinks await you at the well stocked feed stations on the route. Traffic is typically light and the route options are shorter to reflect the limited hours of daylight at the time of year.

Read on: How to ride your first Sportive

Leave a comment below – Have you ever ridden a Sportive?

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7 Responses to 7 Sportives you should try in 2013

  1. Barry 31/01/2013 at 10:27 am #

    What about London2Paris24?
    I (Dutch) am gonna take part in this ride from London to Paris in 24 hrs starting Saturday the 5th of July at 12 in London and should finish 24 hrs later in Paris… For charity. Why not sign up as well? ;-)

    • Sam 31/01/2013 at 10:48 am #

      That’s definitely on my list for the next few years, but this year I will have only just finished the Ride Across Britain 980 mile ride from John O’Groats to Lands End so it would be a stretch too far ;)

      Best of luck with your trip though – it’s sure to be a real challenge!

  2. Celine 31/01/2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Am doing the Ride London 100 in August, first edition of a sportive which almost follows the Olympic Road race route from London 2012.

    Also hearing that Legs of Steel in September in Surrey, which includes Box Hill, is very good fun.

    • k8 31/01/2013 at 10:13 pm #

      how do you know you are doing it? the ballot isn’t announced yet….

      • Celine 31/01/2013 at 10:42 pm #

        I’m doing t for a charity.

  3. Tacheovale 31/01/2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Ride of the falling leaves…. Lowkey, friendly, surprising how hilly southeast of london can be…

  4. Monty 03/02/2013 at 10:59 pm #

    I’m keeping my fingers, toes and legs crossed that I get a place in the RideLondon ballot…

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