What is it like riding your first sportive?
For me personally, I had a load of unanswered questions. I didn’t know whether I should be training, what should I take with me, what to expect, would it be my kind of thing. I ended up turning up unprepared, forgetting my required bicycle helmet and therefore not been able to “officially take part” but still having a great time.
The guide costs a mere £5, all of which goes directly to support the author and the site.
After a first glance had me chuckling at the humorous writing style of the author, Andrew Montgomery, I went in this weekend to take a closer look.
The Sportiveur eBook is targeted at those who are either considering their first sportive, or have just signed up to one. It’ll take you through all the stages from training, to the actual event.
Inside you’ll find:
- Background section to sportives answering all the most common questions including how to find one that will suit you, what the typical cost is, what the best way to get to the starting point is, etc.
- Choosing a bike, including everything about how many gears, what kind of pedals will work best for you
- Getting the right fit
- A cycling accessories guide
- Cycling clothing guide
- Bike computers
- Training guide
- How to create an effective training plan
- Sample training plan
- Eating and drinking on and off the bike
- Safe cycling during sportive
- The day of the event
- What’s next after your first sportive?
In all it is 116 pages long, with plentiful interesting and funny interludes, such as the author’s story of reaching the starting line, with only moments to spare.
By the end of the read, you’ll be better prepared for it. Clearing up all those nagging questions in your mind and giving you new tips you wouldn’t of even considered.
The Sportiveur eBook hits that perfect medium point between being comprehensive, but not so long that you end up never getting around to reading it. Clearly the author has put a lot of time in to considering what to include, and what to exclude.
It’s refreshing to read an eBook by someone who can clearly grasp what beginners are looking for and can really deliver some fantastic advice.
This is a great little guide, that I thoroughly recommend for anyone wanting to try their first sportive. Even more experienced riders will pickup a few new tips along the way.
Visit Sportive Cyclist to get a copy of Sportiveur.
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