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Prudential RideLondon 100 Alternatives

Prudential RideLondon 100 Commiserations

Prudential RideLondon 100 Commiserations

A few weeks ago those lucky enough to have received a place on the Prudential RideLondon 100 will have had their confirmation delivered in the post and those unlucky will have had their commiseratory magazine delivered.

If you were one of the unlucky ones, you might be wondering what event to tackle in place of the RideLondon 100. Fear not, although the RideLondon is one of the flagship events in the UK sportive calendar, there are other premium events taking place that are worth your consideration.

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11 epic cycling adventures for 2015

It’s a grey, rainy day here today at Cowbell HQ, winter is definitely coming. This is typically a time of rest, followed by steady winter miles in preparation for next year. It can be hard to put the millage in without a goal in mind. Take your pick of any of the following sportives and races to have an epic ride planned for 2015 and all the motivation you need to ride through a grim winter.

Fred Whitton

Fred Whitton Challenge Hardknott Pass

Fred Whitton Challenge Hardknott Pass

The Fred Whitton is a challenging early year sportive around the Lake District, in May. It packs in over 3000M of climbing in the 100M route. With two big climbs near the end of the route. Punchy.

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8 Tips for riding a wet sportive safely in the rain

If you’re unlucky enough to wake up on the big day to dark skies and dampness in the air, there are some precautions and tips you can follow to ensure you still have a safe and fun ride.

Slow down

Slow down and you’re more likely to successfully and safely complete a wet sportive. Breaking time is increased in the wet so keep it in mind. Your tyres will have less traction and are more likely to lock out and skid than they would in the dry. Even though it’s tempting to ride a sportive as fast as possible, for your own safety, take it a bit easier.

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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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