Penny Comins takes on a three-day sportive in the wild South-West of England, which serves up a feast of mouth-watering climbing

Philip Deignan in Country Antrim, 2011

The first Irish pro to win a Grand Tour stage since Stephen Roche explores the route of a new sportive in Northern Ireland

Yanto Barker, mid-Wales ride

Top pro from Wales Yanto Barker rides a route based on the Prostate Cancer Charity Welsh Tour Ride

Dartmoor Classic 2011

The Dartmoor Classic squeezes every inch of scenery and climbing out of this wonderful National Park to create a stand-out event on the calendar

Chris Lillywhite, Surrey ride 2011

Milk Race winner and former national pro circuit race champion Chris Lillywhite rides some of the roads used by the Ibbo Cake Quest cyclo-sportive

Wiltshire with Jonny Clay, 2011

British Cycling’s cycle sport director, and former pro racer, Jonny Clay shows Chris Sidwells a section of the route for the Twinings Pro-Am Tour

Sussex ride with Progressive Cycle Coaching Development Squad

A team of under-23s invites Chris Sidwells along to one of their group training days in Sussex


The sportive season arrived good and proper with the fourth edition of the Cheshire Cat. James Shrubsall hit the road for his first taste of Northern riding

Kieran Frend, Staffordshire ride

The rising pendragon-Le Col-Colnago rider on a challenging training ride through Staffordshire’s rolling hills

Nove Colli 2010

It’s been 39 years since a group of 17 cyclists departed at five am from Cesenatico on Italy’s northern coast, setting in motion a chain of events which would lead…

Daniel Shand, Yorks and Lancs ride 2010

A Team Raleigh rider, back home after several years of racing in Belgium, shows Chris Sidwells his favourite UK ride