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Sportive Report April/May 2017

By brian_perry - Posted on 24 May 2017

Sportive Report April/May 2017

Here is a collection of the individual reports made by our members in the past two month. If I have missed your ride please email or fb message me with your update.


Duncan Patterson and Kevin Buckley 1st April Tour of Flanders
Duncan reports:
Yesterday saw me and my rather experienced RCC jersey take on the Koppenberg and more in the Flanders sportive. Managed to ride the whole thing except the top 50m of the Patterberg when a mass slow tumble sideways in front of me blocked my way. 20% cobbles in SPD-R are interesting.
A highly recommended event and a good alternative if you can't make the Torture 40.

April 22nd 2017 Ridgeway Rouleur
Ian Macro, Andrew Brady and Luca Romita
Here is Ian’s report Andrew suffered 2 punctures I understand on his way to a Silver time of 6-04-40
Luca did 5-11-44 and similarly I did 5-04-39 both for Gold status.
Report in brief. Event was 87 miles on April 22nd.
Good sunny day for a preferred Saturday ride (feet up to recover on a Sunday is a bonus in my book!). Based out of the Kassam Stadium and wending it's way out to Uffington, Wantage, the Ilsley's, back down Streatley and home via Wallingford, the route was at first flatish and then became more rolling. After an hour or so of riding mostly on my own I caught up with Luca and we whizzed along behind a fastish group to the first feed station, which looking far too busy I skipped. Bit of a schoolboy error, as I toiled up out of Wantage running out of fluid, and regretting the fact I was running a standard gruppo on my 'Sunday bike'. The hamsters twiddled past on every ascent, whilst I got them on the flat/downhill sections. Even after a quick snack and break at the feedstation in East Ilsley, the stretch from Compton up to Aldworth still seemed particularly hard by this time. I lost Luca sometime near Wallingford, as he ran out of 'energia'. Running near to empty at Chalgrove I tagged onto a small group headed by a son dragging his dad to the line, and settled in for a steady run in, missing my target of sub 5 hours ride time by less than a couple of minutes. A great event, well run. Highly recommended as an early season leg stretcher.

Tour de Yorkshire 30th April
Paul has succeeded in participating in all 3 editions of this popular sportive associated with the pro’s race.
A cold start, but soon warmed up with the first big climb (Pea Royd Lane) coming immediately after leaving the start at Fox Valley. Lots more climbs in the 60 mile course, then a fantastic sprint down the finishing straight, with the spectators banging the hoardings. Another great TdY, I've already entered next year's. My time was 4.04.09
James Scrivenor also rode and he returned in 3.39.50

May Mash Up 14th May Paul East
Sunday I took part in the Mash Up, a combination of two events held earlier in the year. Starting from Cobham Village Hall, it was a 100 mile circuit around the Surrey hills, so plenty of climbing including Barhatch and after 80 miles, Whitedown. Unusually, for a sportive, I managed to ride with a group of about 7 or 8 for a considerable amount of the course, despite two of us missing a left turn and having to chase back. I eventually finished in 5:47:02, well inside the gold standard time for my age group, about 6th or 7th overall I think.
Fred Whitton Challenge 7th May
The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.
The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.
Reading riders achieved Bronze 14mph+
Mark Burston, Kevin Buckley, James Scrivenor

Bike Oxford 7th May
Fred Hale and Brian Perry rode the long 80 mile route which headed north from the city almost directly to the Hook Norton Brewery where we enjoyed coffee and cake. Thereafter some more demanding Cotswold climbs, notably the long haul west out of Chadlington - Barter’s Hill I think. Looking at our Strava records we both did particularly well for our age - though not many in that group!
It’s a fairly relaxed and friendly sportive with well stocked feed stations. During the ride we encountered the Blandford Fly, a biting beast which left its painful mark on a number of participants.

Graham Ide 14th May Le Classique
Sunday I rode Le Classique again. 85 miles starting in Calais and heading out into French Flanders and back. A few decent climbs in it, a nasty little 10% which this year featured in the 4 Days of Dunkirk as well (we were about 30mins ahead of it) a 7% cobbled climb into Cassels and a long 4% about 15 miles from the end. Strong headwind on the way back. Work commitments meant I could not pick up my new kit so rode in the old one. Would recommend the ride to anyone who fancies something a little different. French drivers attitude to cyclists is a lot different to UK drivers!

Ranjit Bahra Tour of the Peaks 14th May
On Sunday 14th May I rode the Brewin Dolphin Peaks Tour Sportive, aka "Peak District Punisher". Been on the radar for a couple of years. Certainly the toughest sportive considering the terrain, 98.8 miles with 9688 feet climbing, head wind and exposed roads. The Peaks is a beautiful part of the UK, climbs for longer than the eye can see meandering along the rolling hills up to 15 miles long at a constant 5-7%. The first set of climbs took us through Eyan via Grindleford and Sir William Hill Road with gradients no less than 12% up to 25% for climbs longer than you wished for, moving into Hope Valley. Winnats Pass was a closed road 1.1miles long crippling climb with a starting gradient at 7% ramping up after a 100 meters to 12% with a relentless gradient no less than 11% and a maximum gradient on the bends at 25%, on the rare chance I glimpsed the Garmin all I saw was either 12% or 16%. There were more riders pushing their bikes than riding, You Tubs has the picture story. There were tough climbs yet to come via Burbage, Whaley Bridge,and Macclesfield Forest with the obligatory final sting.
The link says it all. Naturally I survived, one feed stop at 55 miles which was followed by near constant climbing till 71 miles, several back stretching stops, naturally.

Ranjit Bahra also rode Little Lumpy 21st May (100 miles (161km) with 8434ft (2570m) of climbing, eleven climbs and three feed stops.)

My legs had barely recovering from last weeks Peaks sportive and the mid week riding when the next crippling sportive was hot on my heels. Today, Sunday 21st May, I rode the Little Lump Sportive (101 miles, 8465 feet climbing) from Haslemere for the 5th consecutive year. Located at Woolmer Hill Sports Association Haslemere the route takes you from Surrey to Hampshire and West Sussex with plenty of climbing.: Harting Down, Holt Down, Butser Hill, Stoner Hill, Teglease Down, Wheely Down, Wether Down, Butser Hill (again but up the steeper side), South Harting again, more climbing in the Downs with the final sting at 99 miles, Woolmer Hill. A hard days work in fib=ne sunny dry weather, 5 feed stations to choose from (some over lapping with other routes) , I stopped at 55 and 80 miles, a huge array of home baked cakes by the people of Haslemere.
Final: Silver standard this time (The Tour of the Peaks was a Bronze)