Done a couple of sportives not paid a huge amount to do them. A good time was had by all who attended from the guys on shopping bikes to the all the gear guys and a few mtb riders on borrowed road bikes. Good way to meet people and ride somewhere new and give yourself a challenge.
Are 'Serious Sportive' riders the most annoying type of cyclist?
There was something going on round my way on Monday. Firstly I wouldn't envy anyone with carbon dish rims that day, the wind was biblical.
Secondly I felt like playing mother, stopping all the messy groups and getting them to ride nicely together. They were riding in groups but sooo loosly, perhaps they were worried the guy in front might be a STW'er
And not a single one gave me a nod or a wink in fact they sneered at me
Dave Lloyd is the first big name I think of in the world of Sportives.
They ain't all Malcolm Elliot though are they, that's like saying Robert Heras represents all Brompton riders.
Ah, but oldgit, maybe you've hit the nail on the head there, I don't really want to enter a sportive only to have to ride it like a full on race.
I don't mind admitting raddogair and bigdugsbaws had to tow me over the line last weekend, but normally I'd rather ride at a decent pace, but side by side, enjoying the surroundings etc. I don't really care about having to concentrate on someone else's back wheel for 100 miles.
True. Side by side at tempo and chatting is a lovely way to ride a distance though
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