Evans Cycles Ride it Bristol – February 7, 2016

Ride It BristolOrganised by Evans Cycles, Ride It Bristol is back again after the success of last year’s inaugural event. The sportive promises the perfect winter outing to suit all levels; starting just south of Bristol, the event offers four options, from the ‘Fun’ 15-miler to a full 70mile route.


The first part of the Ride it Bristol route takes participants towards the coast, before heading south towards the Mendip Hills. Cheddar Gorge is one of the many challenges before a final stretch through the stunning Chew Valley. There is no getting away from the fact that this is ‘hill country’, but the beautiful English countryside and the relatively quiet roads still make for great riding.


As with the other Ride it events there’s plentiful support staff, feed stations, route marking and GPS rider aids. Prices range from £7.50 to £25.00 and there will be an additional admin charge of £3.00 for those who turn up on the day (assuming it’s not a sell out.) Children go free if accompanied by an adult.


Ride it Bristol registration will open at 08:00 on the day at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre. The Fun, Short and Medium Rides will start from Hengrove Promenade and the Long event will start from Hengrove Park – all at 08:30. Distances are 15miles (24km) for the Fun ride, 30miles (48km) for the Short, 50miles (80km) for the Medium and 70miles (112km) for the Long run.


Further detail and entry for Ride it Bristol at or get the latest news on Facebook.


The Puncheur – March 8, 2016

The Puncheur CycloSportiveWhen the winter months are (almost) over the Puncheur Sportive provides an early-season tester of 65 tough miles with a summit finish thrown in for good measure. It’s a great way to get a good indication of your early-season form. That summit is the top of Ditchling Beacon, just north of Brighton, which provides the finale of the 8th running, sell-out, event. As always the route is carefully planned and fully signed along picturesque unclassified roads and quiet B roads.


The charm and challenge of the Puncheur has always been setting and maintaining a good tempo along rolling roads, and to sustain that rhythm on the short climbs.


Distance is 65miles (105km) with total climbing of 5,577ft (1,700m) and a half way feed station, featuring the famous Infinity Foods, comes with the price. Medical support and broom wagon are also provided. Registration opens at 07.45 at the Ditchling Recreation Ground.


The £26 Puncheur entry fee includes electronic timing from SportIdent. The ‘just for fun’ targets to aim for are 5hours, 4.5 and sub-4hours (Bronze, Silver and Gold respectively) for the boys and an additional 20minutes on each target for the ladies.


The Puncheur is always a sell-out, as it’s limited to 500 riders, so to avoid disappointment book your place now at and visit the event website at


As the organisers say: ‘You’ve done your winter miles, now it’s time to push up your heart rate.’ – So, will you?


The Good Friday Sportive – March 25, 2016

The Good Friday SportiveIf you’re looking for a Long Good Friday to balance all that chocolate then head to Folkstone on the March 25 for a day out across the lanes of Kent and East Sussex.


For its second year The Good Friday Sportive organisers, iCycle Events, have revamped the original route to offer a wider variety of rides for cyclists of all abilities. The choice of routes comes in three flavours, the 38mile (61km) Mini, the Midi at 75miles (121km) and the 100mile (161km) Maxi. Climbing adds up to 455m, 770m and 1,014m respectively.


All routes start from Folkestone Rugby Club on the edge of the Kent Downs, and follow fully signed routes out into the countryside. The terrain is described as ‘undulating’ but they have thrown in some testing climbs and technical descents. The 20mile run into the finish at Hythe offers some ‘head down TT style riding!’ according to the organisers, but bear in mind it’s along the Kent marshland coast – it’s very flat and very windy.


Costs are modest by most standards at £25 for the Mini and £29 for the Midi and Maxi. For that you get an extensive package of support and goodies on the day including support from a team of mechanics, medical cover, medics, motorcycle marshals and even a broom wagon. Out on the road you can expect ‘well stocked’ feed stations located in village halls (read ‘coffee and cake.) At the finish you’ll get a medal, a complimentary massage and a hot meal – Bargain.


You can get more detail on The Good Friday Sportive, check out the routes and download GPX files at and book online at