I roped in a couple of friends, Marc and Dan this year, for some early season 'go hard or go home' larks - the incentive being to push as hard as possible to check early season form.
The first of HotChillee’s multi-stage cycling events in its Global Event Series, the Cape Rouleur, has reached its conclusion for 2013. The Cape Rouleur did not disappoint, following HotChillee’s renowned event formula making it a truly professional event for amateurs.
The Santini Cotswold Spring Classic, a traditional sportive season opener for many, is now less than four weeks away - sticking to its annual Easter Monday date, meaning this year it falls on 1st April. The 2012 event saw Italian clothing giant Santini come on-board as the main sponsor for the event, and this is continuing in 2013 for both the Spring and Autumn Classic events.
Entries are now open for the second Marlow Red Kite Ride Sportive on Sunday September 1st with the number of places available being 500, a rise from 360 at the inaugural event in 2012.
After the snow, freezing rain and sub zero temperatures put paid to the proposed opening race weekend two weeks ago at Brussel-Opwijk, the past week has seen myself, and the amateur Belgian peloton at large finally get the race season proper under way. Now, it feels like it’s never been away.
Zappi’s Gran Fondo, now in its second year, continues to ride the wave of success that engulfed the first and take Oxfordshire’s newest sportive to even greater heights!
Stage Three of HotChillee's 2013 Cape Rouleur kicked-off in Franschhoek at 05:15 with riders in high spirits as they geared-up for the final 208km stage of the event. Team Bulls' Urs Huber took first place at the end of Stage Three, earning him enough points to claim the Pro Yellow Jersey of overall winner.
Stage Two of HotChillee's Cape Rouleur greeted cyclists with cooler conditions and breathtaking scenery as riders climbed 1500m over the 146km ride. Stage Two was the day for the climbers in the peloton.
The Early Riser festival, in partnership with Chain Reaction Cycles, will take place from 3-4 August 2013 at Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest. With a cracking sportive offering riders a choice of three routes around the stunning New Forest National Park.
Wheels in Wheels Events Ltd, long time organisers of sportives in the UK and Mallorca, start their 2013 sportive season this weekend with the Richardson's Rumble sportive in Cambridgeshire.
A few weeks ago I was informed that I would be covering the Deloitte Ride Across Britain for Cyclosport, so it was with both excitement and trepidation that I completed the registration forms and the reality sunk in - this June I would be riding 900+ miles over 9 days with hundreds of other likeminded individuals!
A new company on the scene, Rideventures, is offering you the chance to take part in some of the classic Italian Gran Fondo's. The tours offer the chance to experience the Italian style and flair of a proper Gran Fondo.
Wiggle Cheshire Cat (24th March) is now closed for entries. 3,600 'Ticket to Ride' packs are landing through letterboxes over the coming days, proving again that Wiggle Cheshire Cat remains one of the biggest spring-time sportives in the UK.
The organisers of the Orbital Cycling Festival (26th-28th July) are pleased to announce that general entry passes and race entries are now live and available from the Orbital website.
Reigning French Champion and 2007 World Cup Winner, Thomas Dietsch of Team Bulls claimed victory in Stage One of this year’s Cape Rouleur, the first of HotChillee’s multi-stage rides in the Global Event Series 2013. Dietsch will wear the Pro Yellow Leader’s Jersey at the beginning of Stage Two.