Feeling a little underwhelmed by my first sportive…
Did the CX Sportive this morning and just feeling a bit disappointed. What is the point of an event if its not a race? I can’t really get my head around it – timing but no indications of how far to go so unless you knew the route (I did) you had no idea of pacing yourself. Yes it was fun chatting to other riders and chasing some down but I can do that any day. And how do they get to charge £18 when there’s no land use fees – most people even had to park on public roads. Give me a proper race any day…Posted 7 years agoBigDummySubscriber
I reckon if you race in earnest it probably isn’t aimed at you. Isn’t “sportive” the name for an event which you take very seriously because it’s expensive but aren’t shamed if you lose?
And I reckon a high proportion of people will have kept track of elapsed distance using a small on-board computer which counts wheel rotations using a magnetic pick-up to measure distance travelled. They’re quite good. 😉Posted 7 years ago
I reckon a high proportion of people will have kept track of elapsed distance using a small on-board computer which counts wheel rotations using a magnetic pick-up to measure distance travelled.
Magnets are so old-fashioned – doesn’t everybody have a GPS based computer with the route programmed in nowadays?Posted 7 years ago
It’s not a race it’s basically an excuse to go out and ride a route that you wouldn’t have done otherwise. As an event organiser you’d be very surprised quite how quickly the entry fee disappears.Posted 7 years ago
Basically if you don’t like it don’t do them. Show them what you think.
I trundled round, it was riding an area I don’t know that well and back home by 2pm.
Oh, it’s illegal to promote and carry out racing on bridleways.
As an event organiser you’d be very surprised quite how quickly the entry fee disappears.
most sportives are run for profit by professional organisers, their salaries account for a fair chunk of the entry fee
some are run for ostensibly for charity by these professionals
want to enter a traditional event go for an audax or a BC/TLI racePosted 7 years ago
Maybe its because I do know the area (almost too well). It was a good course – well thought out, good variety of track and pretty sustainable – and the organisation was fine. It was just the atmosphere was a bit down at the end – Brass Monkeys and other XC races/enduros have a much better ‘vibe’ at the finish. Maybe its ‘roadies’ being roadies…Posted 7 years ago
Billy-Jo Whennan rode it – maybe you could have shown him how to ride?Posted 7 years ago
How much do you think that the school cost to hire? How much to sign and tape 80km of route? How much to pay for the timing chips and software? Nothing obviously.if you can do better – why aren’t you organising fantastic rides.captaindangerSubscriber
kind of agree with ap here, I’ve been on a few, great if the local club has enough volunteers to do one for free but most don’t so if someone wants to make a bit of money sorting out, signing a route, paying for a centre etc fair enough, it’s as valid a job as any out there. If you want to find your own way, do so. You ride against yourself, race if you don’t want to do that!Posted 7 years ago
Just curious as to what you get extra in a sportive
aP covered it up there – a posh HQ, timing chips and a fully signed route (and a professional organisor!) Only you can decide if they’re worth it – personally I’d happily do without, but still occasionally ride sportives because I prefer the riding experience.Posted 7 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
UK sportives for me have been mixed, but I’ve used them as a chance to ride with friends somewhere we wouldn’t ordinarly go.
Audaxes are ace – get a group of you, trunlde round, chat loads, stop at a cafe and eat cake at the end.
European sportives – a fun way to see another country and enjoy riding out there. I’ve ridden in France (Etapes), Netherlands (Amstel Gold) and Belgium (Flanders). All have been the excuse for a trip abroad with friends and the bike, to eat loads, and then watch the pros do it the next day/week.
But none of them are races for all but around the top 20 finishers.Posted 7 years ago
But none of them are races for all but around the top 20 finishers.
I disagree – it’s a race if you make it one. Then again I’ve generally been amongst or close to the top 20 finishers – have never done one with a really big entry. Including once “winning” one – now that I really did treat as a race once only two of us were left!Posted 7 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I did the southern sportive a few years ago, had a great time, would I do it again, probably not as I got a free entry, but it was nice to get out for a good long ride in a different area without all the planning it would otherwise need (say 2 hours stareing at a OS map, and you might still miss the good climbs).
GPS’s might kill them off though, mapmyride.com and the like have 1000’s of 100mile club runs recorded, just pick an area and go with some mates. Which seems to be where roadies struggle, there’s not the equivalent of going away for a weekend at a trail center (signed route, no need to be 100% self sufficient) which is where sportives fill a gap.Posted 7 years agothomthumbMember
I did the CX sportive and enjoyed it. took a leisurely pace round rather than belting round.
What is the point of an event if its not a race?
there are plenty of non-competitive events – think of it like a ride; rather than an event.
for me it’s an excuse to travel somewhere new – for a simple 1/2 day ride without having to plot a route, hope you haven’t missed any good bits, plotted yourself into a major road etc etc.Posted 7 years ago
Robbo – you do know that a sportive is not a race don’t you?Posted 7 years ago
You do realise that the results aren’t given out in order because then it would not be allowed by the Police and would be uninsurable.
You do realise that it’s illegal to race on bridleways don’t you?
If it was a race then it would have cost you at least £40 if not more with further payments to the Police, additional insurance, and race marshals etc.
Yes I know its not a race and I know the legal issues of bridleways but still can’t the results at least be in order so you can easily compare times with other riders. I’ll bet half the riders are pasting it into excel and sorting it as we speak.
It just made me realise I’m not made for ‘sportives’. Maybe I’m strange…Posted 7 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
And just to make it even less of a race the results are in some random order!!! And the award categories are inconsistent!
The organiser is not allowed to publish results in order of finish, that turns it into a Race and it’s not insured to be a Race, it’s insured as a Non-Competitive Mass Participation “Event”.
As it is, most results are in Excel so it’s 30 seconds work to re-jig it if you want. But what’s the point, it’s not a race. That’s like saying “oh yes I came 16th but actually no-one else there was racing”. If you want to race, there’s plenty of them around. A Sportive is just designed to be the roadie equivalent of a trail centre. Turn up, pay £25 which buys you a fully signposted route, feed stations, goody bag, £10m public liability insurance, the chance to ride with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet in an area you might not otherwise visit.Posted 7 years agooldgitMember
It’s well known I’m not a huge fan of Sportives – sorry aP.
First of all they ain’t a race..end of. I’ve no problem with that, I also don’t have any issue what so ever with riders getting from start to finish as quickly as possible. The thing that narks me right off is the in racing. Now granted I’ve only done a couple of Uk sportives, but the ammount of blokes that almost throw their arms in the air when they pass you and the number of buddies crashing into each other is enough to put me off.
I’m fully aware that not all Sportives would be like this.
aP even on that Rapha run there was a group that blatantly missed a whole section out so they could pass us in formation – why?
Reliability trials are totally cool.
Audaxes? Audi?? will be I hope.Posted 7 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
The massive popularity of sportives is very obviously down to the popularity of cycling in general at the moment, and will I suspect gradually die off in the next few years as those carbon impulse purchases gather dust in the garage and their owners move on to whatever the next fad might be.
There is no point at all in suggesting that a sportive rider would be better off just going to an interesting part of the country and ‘having a ride’ because the real value of a sportive is directly related to how much it costs and how difficult it is to enter.
The roads in a sportive must be crowded so that the rider feels at home – after all, he does a 3 times weekly commute into central London and would panic if he found himself alone halfway up a Welsh mountain. A sheep might eat him!
And sorry Robbo, I’ve got no sympathy. You actually entered a sportive on a route that you knew. So you paid to go for a crowded ride! 😆Posted 7 years ago
Look – we rode this cosPosted 7 years ago
1. It was an excuse to ride somewhere we didn’t know
2. The adult discussion tandem is banned from Trailbreaks events (waves at Martin)
3. It was a bit different
4. We wanted to
5. We know it’s not a race
6. We met some friends
7. We got home, had something to eat, cleaned up then went to the pub for a cheeky half
8. It meant we didn’t have to ride the Surrey Rumble route on Sunday
9. We’re commissairing next Sunday
10. We quite like the riding
DrP – Member
I’m entering the New Forest sportive on my fixie, and will wear baggies and a wing-nut… Plus, the peak on my helmet will be super shiny….
How will this go down…!
to finish the full nichemonger attention whore look you need this Tshirt
but at the end of the day you will still have paid £25 to enterPosted 7 years agotrailbreak-martinMember
I’ve only just seen this thread. I’m one of the organisers of the event.
The discussion seems to have been pretty well covered, so I’m not going to add much more. Fair comment if the event wasn’t for you; we’ve had a really good response generally, but everyone is entitled to their opinion of what makes a good day out.
For the record, I just wanted to clear up your point about the results though. It’s a requirement of our event insurance that our event is not promoted as a race, and publishing times in ‘race order’ is one of the specified criteria that the insurers set out as defining a race. So if we did order the list by times, we could effectively invalidate our insurance in the event of a claim.
As to the time band awards, these are adjusted by age and gender, so for example a 40-49 yr old female gets 10% longer to achieve a target than an 18-39 male.
Enjoy your racing season this year!Posted 7 years ago
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