Hilly sportives in the UK.
Every UK sportive I’ve done you have to stop at traffic lights and junctions.
There are a couple of closed road ones – Etape “blank” generally.
I’ve done multi day ones in Europe that were open road but controlled junctions/lights – so we didn’t ever have to stop. That was neat.Posted 3 years agoSTATOMember
advantage of not having to stop at traffic lights or junctions etc. Can anyone recommend any? Preferably with lots of hills. Wales would suit best.
They have traffic lights in wales! who knew. Having just ridden some lovely welsh back roads id suggest you just go out and ride anything B road or less, I cant imagine youd find anything else on the road forcing you to stop at junctions, other than sheep, but they dont obey closed roads signs usually, or fences either for that matter.Posted 3 years agotheragMember
I’ve only just got into road cycling so I’ve got nothing to compare it with, but I’ve just entered my lbs’s event.Posted 3 years ago
The Wiggle Mendips sportive in August has 3 good climbs, you have Burrington Combe, Cheddar Gorge and then a hill near Wookey Hole (Priddy?) which is a real slog. There are about 40 miles of flat between Cheddar and Priddy which offer some respite but its a good route.Posted 3 years agostevioSubscriber
Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge http://www.sasevents.im/event/microgaming-lighthouses-challenge-2014/ has lots of hills and it’s hard to get lost as you do a 100.3 mile circuit…Posted 3 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
Youve missed Ronde Van Calderdale, 77 miles and 3300m of climbing, most of it 20%+ gradient cobbled streets around Halifax.
GPX’s for it will be easy enough to get hold of though and as training goes its pretty bloody intense!Posted 3 years agokedmunMember
Not done it, but heard about it through friends, the Forest of Dean Classic sportive on 13th July.
The long route is 90 miles with close to 9200ft of climbing – some of the hills are pretty challenging!Posted 3 years agoDickyboyMember
+1 Chiltern 100
I found it tougher than the marmotte; relentless, brutal climbs
It’s usually full by now but maybe the £40 entry fee has kept people at bay this year, wouldn’t exactly say relentless brutal climbs – unless you are rocking up from the flatlands of eastern anglia that is 😉Posted 3 years agoceepersSubscriber
Or the smuggler sportive
Looks like this one could be a great but challenging day out!Posted 3 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
The long route option of this is proper tough:
100 miles, fraction under 10,000ft (3000m) climbing.Posted 3 years ago
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