Sportive Reviews

Reviews and photography from the biggest and best cyclo sportive events in the UK and abroad. From the Dragon Ride to the Etape du Tour via Flat Out in the Fens, the Fred Whitton and many more. If there’s a good sportive event, we’ve been and ridden it.


Peak District Pioneer (Video)

Check out the video highlights of this classic summer adventure cross ride exploring the bridleways and cycle trails of the undulating White Peak area of Derbyshire and be sure to…

Yorkshire Cathedral

NSPCC Tour of Yorkshire 2014

Only weeks after the Tour de France peloton rolled through the county, Yorkshire hosted the first Tour of Yorkshire two-day sportive. Cycling Weekly braved the rain at the inaugural event.


The Smuggler Sportive 2014

Web: Distance: 25, 50, 80 miles Major climbs: Three Terrain: Up, up and away Participants: 500 Number of finishers: 480 Best: Smuggler Ale Worst: A tyre-wrecking puncture. Thanks to…


Dartmoor Demon 2014

Web: Distance: 55 or 95 miles Major climbs: Loads. Notably Dartmeet and Widecombe Terrain: Extremely hilly and undulating Participants: 500 Best bit: Well-stocked feed stations and easy course signage…


Fred Whitton Challenge 2014

Web: Distance: 112miles Major climbs: 10 Terrain:  Vicious Number of finishers: 1,750 Average time: 8hr 45 min Best: The climb of Newlands Pass. Worst: The climb of Hardknott Pass.…


Etape Caledonia 2014 81 
miles or 72 if you ended up behind the broom wagon before mile 55 5,200 Number of 
participants 4,233 Number of 
finishers One Major climb It’s hard to…

Eroica Britannia 2014

Riding L’Eroica Britannia

Ian Parr takes to his vintage steel steed and rides in the inaugural L'Eroica Britannia in the Peak District


Marrakech Atlas Etape

With climbs rougher and tougher than Alpe d’Huez, the Marrakech Atlas 
Etape lies at the more challenging end of the sportive spectrum. For the second time, the Atlas Etape in…



Website: Distance: 165km Major climbs: None Terrain: Flat with 
secteurs Participants: 33 Best: Riding on closed roads with Geraint Thomas and Magnus Backstedt Worst: Being totally unprepared for…