Since the Etape du Tour gained popularity in France and Gran Fondos became regular targets for ambitious riders in Italy, the Sportive scene in the UK has been growing fast. There are now Sportive events most weekends throughout the Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Typical distances will be between 100 and 200km, usually with a significant amount of climbing included. These events are attractive for a wide variety of entrants: road racers, club cyclists, hardriders, and even “non-cyclists” looking for a good sporting challenge.
Reading CC riders enter most of the popular Sportives: local around the Chilterns, further afield in the UK, and abroad with the Etape and other large continental events.
Visit www.sportive.com or www.britishcycling.org.uk/sportives for more information on Audax and Sportives in general.