Sportives continue to go from strength to strength with some 43 major events listed for May. In this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine (April 22) we have printed full up-to-the-minute listings for the month ahead, including all the latest additions and alterations to the calendar.

Two of the highlights, the Fred Whitton Challenge on May 9 and the Etape Caledonia the following week, are both sold out, but there are still spaces for the Pearson 150 on May 23.

This new event celebrates one and a half centuries of the famous Surrey bike shop with a choice of 150- or 75-kilometre rides around the Surrey and Sussex lanes to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Expect a demanding day in the saddle with many climbs including Ditchling Beacon, which has featured in many major bike races and the annual London to Brighton bike ride.

Still looking for inspiration? Then try the Verenti Cornwall Tor on May 15 with the 100-mile version the only one-day coast-to-coast sportive in the country. There are also 72- and 44-mile versions of this UCI-sanctioned event, which is described as ‘a seriously tough cycling challenge’.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly

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  • Ken Wood

    The same supply and demand issues arose with Triathlon’s a few years ago and likewise the pricing of events. The best thing that can happen is for more events to appear and drive prices down to a level which is considered reasonable. Commercially minded organisers are just taking advantage of the opportunity that arises when demand exceeds supply. Don’t forget that a lot of riders are new to cycling and have no pricing framework to compare to as us older hands do, e.g. Audax entry fees, whichare not really comparable to a sportive but show what can be achieved if you accept that getting lost is part of the fun!

  • Les Charnley

    Sportives Over-priced: The initial excitement of having challenge rides organised for several years now has now diminished over those years by the cost of entry. To support these sportives is now a very expensive day out as travel to such events ( most competitors would travel by car) together with the entry fee can be far too much for many house hold budgets. My cycling club puts on the Cheshire Womens road race, which took a maximum of 60 riders at £15.00 each. For that we had a top prize of £70.00 going down to eight place and category prize’s, then a levy to British Cycling of nearly £4.00 a rider, HQ costs lead cars, following cars, first aid costs and we broke even. With sportives attracting riders in the hundreds and charging about £30.00 each. I rode the 3 shires sportive with an entry fee of £15.00 which attracted about 300 riders and a charity benefited by some thousand odd pounds after I assume the organisers covered their costs. I know many sportives give all the surplus to a charity which I do not have an issue with, but there is such a thing as Charity Fatigue and an explaination of the entry fee would be nice to make a choice wether to support the event or not.