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PUNCHEUR Sportive 2014

02/03/2014 - Ditchling, East Sussex - Sportive

Rating: 94.9% based on 7 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 92.6% based on 38 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 94.444%

Morgan wrote:

Hi. Morgan, the organiser here. Thanks for reviewing. I am sorry about the gps file not being accurate for one of the reviewers. I've not had anyone else say the same thing, but it does mean that it's possible that the file you can download from ridewithgps is not reliable. Please conteact me directly if you want a file that accurately covers the route. Apologies also for fewer toilets than normal due to building work. We did have others available, but those were harder to find because they were at the far end of Registration. This will all be resolved by next year! Thanks for riding Puncheur, and thank you very much for taking time to feedback. Have a great season!

Rated Event: 95.556%


My favorite early season ride which is tougher than you ever remember with an almost family feel about the care and attention the team lavish on you thank you and we'll done again:-)

Rated Event: 88.889%

jamiebeale wrote:

my first Sportive and was well run with a good course and good feedstation. will definately do next year.

Rated Event: 100.000%

PaulNorman1 wrote:

I was riding Puncheur for the second time and once again it was brilliant. The attention to detail and personal oversight by the organiser is clear to see in all aspects of this event. The food stop is the best I've seen at any sportive. The route is perfect for the time of year, its enough of a challenge to see how your winter training has gone without being a pointless slog. I'll definately be riding this again in 2015.

Rated Event: 100.000%

AndyBoyce wrote:

Very tough ride, but really well organised and will definitely be back next year.

Only criticism was that the GPS ride was not correct.

Otherwise, a great event, well done and many thanks

Rated Event: 92.222%

GuyWalker wrote:

Only gave 8/10 for timing as my midway didn't register but no biggie. Gave 7/10 for facilities as the urinals were missing so everyone had to share only 2 cubicles at hq which was a bit of a drag. Only gave 8/10 for outriders/sag wagon as didn't see/use them so couldn't really say.
All others 10/10. Really enjoyed the day. Great organisation and small enough to be personal. Good route...tough at this point in the year but I'd highly recommend it.

Rated Event: 93.333%


Great event. Really good route (pretty testing, but a good length given the amount of climbing - especially with the finishing line being on top of Ditchling Beacon) - brilliant signage, friendly people (organisers and riders) and despite the howling wind, really enjoyable. Food at the stop was first rate. Only minor grumble was the lack of loos at the start, otherwise well done, I really enjoyed it.

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 100.000%

DanTweed wrote:

superbly well organised. The chocolate brownies at the feed station were to die for. The signage was faultless. Marshalls were polite and extremely helpful. All round a top notch effort. My time was disgracefully slow but I enjoyed the event immensely and will ride again next year. Most importantly, I can't recommend it highly enough.

Rated Event: 95.556%

ScottTheobold wrote:

This was a superb event and one I'll attend every year from now on. It has a great atmosphere and you feel very well looked after from the moment you turn up to a brilliant post ride recovery hot chocolate, pasta and brownies. The route has something for everyone, some amazing downhills, punchy hills, then a long climb up the Beacon at the end. There was a real buzz around the course, lots of chatty people, very friendly. I couldn't recommend the event enough to people.

Rated Event: 96.667%

PaulNorman1 wrote:

A really good early season test on a well thought out route. Would recommend it.

Rated Event: 98.889%

MattG wrote:

Great event, well signed, friendly staff. Really good food too.

Rated Event: 94.444%

StuartTrevithick wrote:

Overall great event +++

Rated Event: 92.222%

mgbrsl wrote:

This event continues to evolve with improved rider facilities every year and coupled with variable early season weather makes for a great but testing ride.

Rated Event: 76.667%

JonathanHobby wrote:

Very friendly and a great route. A good day out in spite of the weather. A good early season test. I hope to be back next year.

Rated Event: 85.556%


Great event would do again, hopefully in better weather.

Rated Event: 73.333%

RobertTDF wrote:

Well organised. Quality food available from the whole food co-op sponsor Infinity Foods. On a different planet to the white bread, margarine and a slice of processed ham sandwich type of food you sometimes get on other sportives.
Excellent, varied route.

Rated Event: 90.000%

greerp wrote:

Well organised and great route. Reasonable price.

Rated Event: 86.667%

MartinKostolny wrote:

Weather was draining a lot of energy from many riders.

Rated Event: 91.111%

PaulGissing wrote:

First sportive and what a way to start (weather was so cold and wet).
Great day and so well organised from start to finish.
Will be back next year Thank you to all.

Rated Event: 81.111%

tobybull wrote:

OK, it rained hard and the wind blew for the duration of the ride, but that's what you get when you enter a Sportive in the first week of March.

But overall the Puncheur is a great route, rolling and fast with the Ditchling Beacon climb at the end. It was also run by a super friendly and enthusiastic team with a great bowl of pasta at the end.

Only grumble were that the facilities were a little rudimentary though. But that was probably exaggerated by the weather.

Overall, I can't wait to ride it again on a sunny, dry day!

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