cannock chase sportive

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cannock chase sportive

Postby simo105 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 18:57 pm

im debating on wether or not to do this event! ill only do the short version and this will be the first one ive been too! im a little worried that i may go un equipt and also ill be on my own so i just wondering is it wise to go with someone or not? mite seem silly but its a new sport to me i aint got a clue what to do lol I've never really cycled over 30 mile to hence ill go for short one first. Is it wise to join a club first to get a better idea before it starts these sportive?
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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby CiB » Wed Oct 03, 2012 22:33 pm

30 miles is only a couple of hours riding at a steady pace. Have a big breakfast, take a big drinks bottle (950 ml) full of decent strength squash and away you go. It'll be over before you know what's happened.

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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby GBR1 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 06:58 am

Give it a go, nothing to lose!

I did my first a month or so ago and loved it. Lots of friendly people and once out riding you will pretty quickly find you are cycling at the same pace as someone and then you can encourage each other on..

As CIB said have a good breakfast, eat a banana 20 min before setting off and take a small flapjack (if there is no feed station which I suspect there will be) for half way teat and energy boost..

You will be fine and love it!

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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby oxoman » Thu Oct 04, 2012 09:46 am

I was going to do this one as only 30 minutes away from me but her who will be obeyed has dumped me with dads taxi duty all morning so that's knackered it. To be fair i only gave her a weeks notice, just have to wait for next localish one and give her loads of notice. Go for it and enjoy it, fuel up before and take something for en-route just in case. Let us know how you get on. Take a couple of mints for a sugar energy fix / rush if you start to struggle. Good luck Simo
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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby CiB » Thu Oct 04, 2012 09:50 am

Just to expand a bit, a sportiv is [officially at least] not a race, it's an opportunity for like-minded folk to do a communal ride. You'll get the full range of abilities doing it and it's a cert that you'll find people of your own ability to ride with if you want to, or just ride at your own pace and see who passes you and who you pass.

A big breakfast doesn't mean three bowls of Sugar Puffs. Have something decent like Weetabix or porridge ideally, and start off well hydrated and keep drinking, if nothing else so that you don't carry a kilo of fluid all the way round - that's wasteful.

If you can, start off early with the first riders away. They'll probably drop you fairly quickly but there should be a steady stream of riders at slower paces who will catch you and you might latch onto a group going at your pace. Better than setting off last and never seeing anyone - that's not a sportiv, it's a bike ride.

Enjoy it. It's not a race. Really. :)

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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby simo105 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 19:08 pm

Cheers for the advice I didn't realize deadline was last night! I think I can pay on the day though!

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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby The Cyclist of Catan » Thu Oct 04, 2012 21:10 pm

Yup, you can. Just as well, really, as I'm going to wait until Saturday to see what the weather is like, and see how I feel, before plumping for either the 60 or longer distances (assuming I can get out on Sunday at all).
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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby oxoman » Fri Oct 05, 2012 21:35 pm

Simo, Might see you there, got last minute reprieve from missus so all being will entering on the day for the 30 mile short ride. If you see a bloke on a red and white Dawes Giro 300 wearing glasses then its probably me.
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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby The Cyclist of Catan » Sat Oct 06, 2012 09:16 am

I think I might go for an on-the-line entry for the 90-miler. 60 miles seems a bit unambitious to me right now, given that's the usual sort of distance I do on aSunday. My first Sportive though (by temperament and style I'm more of an audax rider, but don't imagine that there's a huge amount of difference betwixt the two).
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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby oxoman » Sun Oct 07, 2012 20:29 pm

Completed the short 32 miler today as my first and have to say i loved it, overheard one of the Evans guy's say that over 400 people took part. Would go for longer distance next time as would negotiate longer time off with good behaviour from missus. Just over 2 hours so happy enough with that time as followed a couple of groups at a slower pace until confident enough to follow markings etc.
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Re: cannock chase sportive

Postby The Cyclist of Catan » Mon Oct 08, 2012 09:41 am

I did the 90-miler (actually only 86), stopping only very briefly at the feed stations. That was probably the biggest change from an audax - the stops were a lot shorter, and better supplied with flapjacks, energy bars and drink refills (so much so that my saddlebag full of provisions was still full of provisions when I got back home). I'll take less luggage next time. I did like the way that the route was clearly signed, too.
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