- New respect for roadies…
Just done a 100k sportive in Jersey , steepest climb was 29% ,I got off and walked admittedly I was riding my brothers old POS with Butterfly shifters and 7speed cassette, it was good fun but whoever planned the route decided to have the bulk of the climbs in the last 3rd of the course…..gits.
Still I enjoy the occasional sportive and its good to test yourself as I know there’s no chance I’m going to set the fastest time.Posted 3 years agobob_summersMember
Saw David Arroyo and others walk up the Muro de Aia in the 2010 Basque Tour. 33% in some places.
Some crazily narrow views on what is a race or sportive on here. As I said above, put a bunch of good cat 3 aerodrome racers in the first pen of Quebrantahuesos and ask them afterwards if it was a race or not. Of course you can bimble round dressed as a smurf and queue at all the feed stations and finish in ten hours. Or you can go for the win (and believe me it is a win) but you’ll need to recruit some fast guys to take the wind and keep you in food and water.
Maybe it’s different in the UK.
Edit : here is the man himselfPosted 3 years ago
France, Italy and Spain too if you say so (I haven’t done Quebrantahuesis, but want to) have sportive style events that are classed as races.
I did the QH this year (my third time, highly recommended), and it’s definitely a race for the front runners. (So much so one got kicked out for doping 🙄 ) But legally it’s pretty similar to a UK sportive (at least going by what I read here) – it’s not a race.
The big differences seem to be the local support and the closed roads.Posted 3 years ago
Do you get points for ‘winning’ a sportive now then?
Something like the Quebrantahuesos is well publicised, the results + photos are in the main cycling mags, so yes. Not points, but definitely excellent publicity for an amateur rider who wants a chance at going pro. I imagine L’Etape etc would be fairly similar.Posted 3 years agobob_summersMember
The winners of QH are generally at the other end of their careers! A guy on our Saturday chaingang still has the course record, after a fairly unspectacular career ended by a crash in the tour of Colombia. He’s certainly earned a bit of coin off the back of it, it’s a big deal here now the masters series have been axed.
The guy who was booted for doping (Vázquez) was allowed to enter despite his history, as were others with shady pasts, but on the understanding he wouldn’t go for the win. Which he did, so the moto police had to intervene after unsuccessfully negotiating for him to ease off. Didn’t say how they stopped him. Maybe a truncheon through the spokes!Posted 3 years ago
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