A big thanks to the 7,000 riders who made this year’s Cycling Weekly sportive series our most successful yet and congratulations to the select ‘four or more’ group who completed the most events.

Our star performer is Paul Owens, who managed to complete all seven sportives. Callum Cheshire and Neil Flippance were runners-up with five finishes each, with a further 13 managing four rides, including Cycling Weekly’s Jocelyn Mack.

Unfortunately, the editor’s name is missing from the list this time, but I’m hoping for an injury-free 2014 and a ‘four or more’ prize next year.

I enjoyed the Surrey Hills Cyclone in April, but was then struggling with back pain until our final event, the Box Hill Original in October.

Despite the torrential rain, that ride went well and now, working with a top cycling-specific chiropractor, I’m confident of completing at least four events next year.

With an extended programme of 10 sportives, plus an off-road event, there’s going to be even more opportunities to compete in 2014. This year’s ‘super seven’ have been retained, with extra events added in Cumbria, Nottingham and Ludlow.

We kick off with a double bill on the weekend of March 15-16 with our new off-road event and the Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive. More details for Cycling Weekly’s 2014 Sportive Series >>

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly