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Cyclosport's Favourite Events of 2014

by Nick Gregory

Jennifer Trotman

Jennifer - better known to many as The Cycling Mayor - has been out and about again in 2014 taking on the biggest and best challenges the South West can throw at her... 

All three of my favourite events this year are independently run, which gives them that personal, non-corporate touch, and certainly seems to bring out the best in routes! 

White Horse Challenge 

First up would be the White Horse Challenge, a well-organised event offering up lovely scenery and well-spaced out hills! 

The Black Rat 

Secondly, the Black Rat - any excuse to go over the Severn Bridge! It's nice to ride in Wales, and this year there was a new route. With yet more changes afoot it looks set to be even bigger and better in 2015. 

Saddleback Sodbury Sportive 

Finally the Saddleback Sodbury Sportive, which is just a fantastically well-organised and friendly event. 

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Views on the Black Rat

Jon Cook

Cyclosport's overseas events aficionado, Jon Cook opts for an iconic Spanish adventure as his pick for 2014... 

La Quebrantahuesos 

For me it has to be the ChainReactionCycles.com La Quebrantahuesos. Arguably the longest and hardest cycling event in Spain, The Quebrantahuesos - whose name literally translates as "bone breaker" - takes a circular route crossing the Pyrenees into France via the Puerto-de-Somport before returning via The Col de Portalet. In between it makes an ascent of the Col du Marie Blanque adding up to over 200km and a truly epic day in the saddle. 

With a few words from the legendary Miguel Indurain before the off, 10,000+ cyclists are released in a mass start making the first few kilometers very hectic until you reach the bottom of the first climb. A worthy alternative to The Etape and other more popular European sportives, the event is probably the best organised in Spain and offers a very friendly atmosphere and excellent support. With a decent quality replica jersey on offer for all riders and a hearty post event meal, I'm sure I will be back for more next year. 

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The start of La Quebrantahuesos


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