This is the 3rd installment for events in 2020 that you could sign up to. This week’s post is all about cycling events whatever your distance. If you missed the previous posts you can take a look at the swim or run using the links.
Sportives are a fantastic way to get on your bike and ride on the open roads. Sportives are advertised as non-competitive rides so usually no aero bars are allowed. Despite usually being on open rather than closed roads they will be sign-posted, with multiple stops and depending on the type of event, refreshments may be included and even mechanical support. I genuinely think a sportive is the best, hassle free way to get out on your bike.
Evans Ride IT
I have taken part in many Evans RIDE IT events and I think they are great value for money. There are usually 3-4 distances to choose from including a family fun ride and they are time chipped so you can find out how well you rode. There are events all around the country and they run throughout the year so you can always build up to the longer rides. Although the roads aren’t closed they are always really well sign-posted and have mechanical support. Refreshments are included in the price with bananas, cakes, sweets, and electrolyte drinks, what more could you want?! If you sign up in advance you also get a free high5 bottle with some goodies inside that are very useful for long rides. If road rides aren’t your thing they also have a selection of off-road rides and I have recently seen there are 3 challenge rides with a 100mile or even 114miles of riding. This year I am already signed up to Cambridge and Hatfield so come and join!
Didn’t get a place for Ride London? Well, there’s only two more days to pre-register for this new challenge in September with VeloEssex. There’s a 100mile, 50mile, and family rides to choose from with closed roads throughout. General entry costs £79 and includes refreshment stops, puncture/mechanical support, a goody bag, free photos, and a medal. If Velo Essex is too far away then there’s always Velo Birmingham & Midlands in June.
Rapha Women’s 100
Last year I finally got myself out there and joined the Rapha Women’s 100 ride. The ride this year takes place on the 6th September. There are official Rapha rides, you can organise your own group ride or even just go out for a 100km ride yourself. Last year we met at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park and went from there out into Essex for a 100km. It was a fantastic sunny day and wonderful to see so many women out on their bikes. The events take place across the world not just in London. There were different pace groups and no-one was left behind so keep an eye out for when they announce further details.
Looking for a website that includes loads of rides? Head to sportive.com it’s my go to website to find a cycling event any time of year. It has a fantastic selection and you can usually find a last minute ride near you.
Take care when out on the road, helmets I believe are always mandatory on these events, stay safe and enjoy the ride!