Sportive bike vs road bike vs race bike

Following on from our look at what a sportive is, we look at the bikes you might ride in a sportive. It doesn’t really matter what kind of bike you use to ride a sportive but certain types of bike may make it easier than others. Different bikes have differing characteristics and are optimised for different purposes.

Sportive Bike

A sportive bike is just road bikes with a focus on comfort over all out speed. That’s not to say that sportive bikes are slow but any compromises made lean towards comfort. Sometimes they are called endurance bikes.

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What is a sportive?

In the first of a series of articles about sportives, we’ll explain what exactly a sportive is, for those of you who are unsure.

A sportive is a mass participation, non-competitive event

Riders participating in a sportive

Riders participating in a sportive

Sportives are non-competitive cycling events with hundreds or thousands of riders. They are not races, although the riders are often timed over the course.

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Tour of Britain Stages 8a & 8b

The Tour of Britain came to a climax in our capital city of London, with a split stage day. A time trial in the morning of 8.8KM, which was likely to be the final deciding part of the race. Followed by a criterium in the afternoon around the same course of 88.8KM.

As it was just down the road from us, we went down to catch the end of the time trial and take in the criterium.

View onto the course

View onto the course

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This Week on Two Wheels (5th Sept)

Clip in as we have our first weekly(ish) round-up of upcoming cycling events around the UK.

Tour of Britain

Date: 7th – 11th Sept
Location: Various

The big news, at least in terms of domestic road racing for spectators (and some elite cyclists) is the start of the Tour of Britain. This will be a chance to catch Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and a whole host of other professionals battling it out throughout the UK.

Find out more about the Tour of Britain at the official website.

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Bike light review round-up for commuting this winter

Now that Autumn is approaching and the nights are starting to get darker, it’s time to start packing your lights. Depending on the weather, you may feel the need for lights during your commute already. If you commute later in the evening or partake in midweek training rides you probably need lights, at least for the latter parts. I’ve tried different lights over the years and here are some thoughts on a few options.

Commuting Bike Lights

Commuting Bike Lights

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t’Grand Depart: When Yorkshire caught yellow fever

A Yorkshire valley view from Buttertubs Pass

View from Buttertubs Pass

As I write this in the aftermath of ex-Hurricane Bertha (as if the ex made any difference to the drenchings I’ve received), I can’t help but think back to the glorious weather and brilliant show put on by Britain, and particular Yorkshire, during the Grand Depart.

Yorkshire was not only dressed in yellow but, unusually, bathed yellow too. This was to be in stark contrast to the following days in France, which served to decimate the field.

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