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The Joker

06/04/2014 - Salisbury - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 92.0% based on 6 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 93.333%

StuartHargreaves wrote:

I thought this was a terrific sportive. The route was quiet and went through some lovely countryside and villages. The Joker loops are a very good idea and added something interesting and distinctive. The optional off-road sections really made you think about your quickest route and the whole event was friendly and well run. I would definitely like to do it again.

Rated Event: 87.778%


Good event, tough route. HQ excellent and friendly staff. Some signage was confusing and some was too little too late. Turnout was low, which was a shame and made for some very lonely sections but that's not their fault. Will/would go again next year.

Rated Event: 91.111%


+ve Good event,great route liked the off road
-ve on route catering bit limited compared to National Trust sportive from Kingston Lacey last year.

Would recommend.

Rated Event: 98.889%

Steve wrote:

I have done many Sportives and this rates amongst the best I have ever done due to the Fool's Choices (cyclo-cross style short cuts). Due to the dry conditions these shortcuts were as good as tarmac and it was fun dodging the ruts made by the 4x4's with bunny hopping taking on a new meaning on my roadie. Glorious weather and amazing scenery made it even more memorable and Martin and his team did yet another outstanding job of keeping us informed, fed/watered and smiling!!!

Rated Event: 91.111%

JenniferT wrote:

Really lovely scenic event. Due to a snapped gear cable I ended up with only three gears and had to miss three of the Jokers but as the rest of the event was so good I'll have to go back and beat them next year! :) I really liked the novelty value of the extra challenges too - as I've done a lot of sportives and it makes a nice change to have something a bit different.

Rated Event: 90.000%


This is a really good,fun but tough event. To have optional challenges with fun cards to collect to prove you did them was well thought out for April Fool's Day. However have to say the challenges were not as tough as some of the other energy sapping climbs.
Route really scenic and lovely once the cold chill subsided.
I have some gripes.I did not receive the information email one week before the event as promised and chased twice but no reply. The start times changed from those published as they were delayed by 1/2 an hour without warning. Also payment online subject to transaction fee, I hate that!
Overall really friendly people, though timing was old hat rather than new methods being adopted by most other sportives. Dangly chip fixed to your front wheel. Hats off to the rider riding around as a Joker!!!!
Really really enjoyed the day despite the above.Many many thanks to all involved, proud to have done the first Joker on April 1st.

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