15 sportive essentials – the gear you need to ride a sportive

The must-have kit you'll need to get through your first sportive


You’ve just signed up for your first sportive – maybe you’ve been inspired by the recent Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 (entries for 2016’s event are now open, by the way) and have committed to ride a full century.

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You’ll need to do a lot of (perhaps fear-induced) training, but your fitness can quickly be scuppered by mechanical issues. So how can you ensure the ‘best of mechanical luck’ on the big day? By checking out our sportive essentials of course!

Bike

The trek emonda alr6 is a great bike with an aluminium frame and good spec: the trek emonda alr6 is a great bike with an aluminium frame and good spec

Yes, it’s obvious, you’ll need a bike to tackle your sportive, no matter the distance. You might already have a trusty steed or perhaps you’re borrowing one. In either case, get the bike serviced by a local bike shop to sort any niggles before they become real problems. Replacing frayed cables, a worn chain and thinned-out tyres is a must.

If you’re thinking of buying a new bike, there’s never been a better time to do so as technology that was the reserve of professionals only a decad