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Sportive HQ's Trent Valley 100 Takes Place in October

by Holly Blades

Sportive HQ have been bringing great value for money events to the North Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire area for the past 2 years. Having a no frills approach to events, no medals, no goody bags, just a great days riding, professionally sign marked, awesome feed stations and great support along the way means that riders get what they want at a price less than £20.

Matt Porter the director of Sportive HQ has been working within the Sportive scene for the past 10 years and has this to say, " Many riders have become tired of what has become a steadily increasing cost within the sportive market, often with riders not wanting t-shirts, medals and various other goody bag items, which is why Sportive HQ was born two years ago.

This isn't to say that some people don't want a t-shirt or other merchandise, we leave all of that to be optional extras. Many experienced riders just want a well marked route, real food at feed stations and good support if it's needed. It is firmly my belief that you would often struggle to enjoy a 100 mile ride, with two cafe stops for much less than what we charge for our events. In terms of food we provide a large flavoured flapjack and a bag of haribo at registration, feed stations on route have tea, coffee, electrolyte drinks, tortilla wrap sandwiches (these are super popular), homemade cake, crisps, nuts and fruit. We tend to steer clear of 'energy products' as everyone has their own preference when it comes to this.

Because of the cheaper entry price we tend to have a lot of first time sportive riders as well as the more experienced, this I believe is down to a more accessible price as well as routes that aren't attempting to be the most difficult in the country.Overall my aim is a return to a more traditional sportive where the social aspect is as important as the ride itself."

Sportive HQ's last event of the season is the Trent Valley 100 on Sunday 16th October, now in it's third year and like all of Sportive HQ's events, is jointly produced with a local cycling club, this one is with the Trent Valley Road Club in Gainsborough. At just £19.95 to enter it really isn't to be missed.

Have a look at the Cyclosport Reviews of their events and you will see what riders have to say about the highly rated series!

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