Now the sportive season is over for 2017, my lovely in-laws bought me this beautiful medal shelf for my recent birthday.
I’ve just put it up in my office (not often, if ever, you’ll see me putting up shelves at home!), within easy sight of my desk and I am hoping it will add even more motivation to push on in the 2018 sportive season!
Not all sportives I have done had medals and I know some of the rider number tags are missing but most of them are there.
Over the year I’ve done more of the UK Cycling Events sportives than any other – 18 events in fact! They are always very well attended, the organisation is absolutely spot on and the routes are always perfect too. Absolutely adore their events and plan on doing many more next year.
Here are my medals from their events alone:
Other highlights for me were:
The London Revolution in May, 187 miles and 10000ft of climbing over 2 days all the way around London, pretty much all outside the M25 and in beautiful countryside and with some challenging riding at times. You stay overnight in a tented village at Windsor Racecourse with a wonderful event village with live bands, bars and general fun times. The organisation was absolutely sublime – they thought of things you needed before you even realised you needed them! Loved it and am doing it all again next year, but this time all on their ‘Ultra’ 1 day event! Gulp!
The Tour de Manc. This is a 103 mile ride through Manchester and then into the hills to the east of the city and continuing round the hills into Lancashire and as far as Wigan to the west of Manchester. It’s a tough ride with 8500ft of climbing, pretty much relentless after the first 20 miles. Really well organised and they even had event beer, specially brewed for the occasion, for you to quench your post-ride thirst! A must-do for me next year too.
I know I’ve already mentioned UK Cycling Events, but can’t not mention the Le Tricolore sportive specifically. It starts at Dover at 4:30am, then takes you on the ferry to Calais for 80 miles riding around beautiful north France, before returning to Dover on the ferry later in the day. What an amazing experience!
I can’t begin to put into words the memories I’ve got for all the amazing events I’ve done over the year. I can’t wait to get started on the 2018 season now!