Take your cycling up a gear
Whether you’re new to two wheels or a keen cyclist looking for a different challenge, here’s all you need to know to tackle a summer sportive
Give yourself a new challenge and join a sportive.
AAh, summer cycling – one of the most exhilarating ways to get active in the great outdoors. Whether you’re cycling your commute, going on a social ride with friends or heading out for a longer weekend trip, there’s nothing like that feeling of freedom and fun. And now that inclement weather is out of the way (hopefully), it’s the perfect time to take hobby cycling up a notch and enter an event. ‘Every summer, organised rides called sportives take place all round the UK and are enjoyed by riders in their thousands,’ says Susannah Osborne, Ride Captain for HotChillee, which organises cycling events in the UK and abroad (hotchillee.com). ‘And as women’s cycling goes from strength to strength, there is a wealth of new events to choose from, many women-only if that’s what you fancy.’ Entering a sportive will give your training a focus and can be a way to meet new friends (especially if you join a club while you’re training). It’s a great excuse to visit new parts of the UK, take in beautiful scenery and challenge yourself with different landscapes and profiles. Here’s how to get involved.