I’ve had a bit of a splurge online this morning and now have confirmed bookings for the following sportives ….
1. Borders Ciclista – May 11th 2013- starts in Hawick – 50 miles .
Weblink – http://www.bordersciclista.com/
Description: – The Borders Ciclista is very different to any other Sportive event in the UK. Based on a Spanish sportive format, it combines the fun and relaxation of a mass ride, the challenge of covering a large distance and the semi-competive elements provided by timed sections. Admire the fantastic scenery on offer in the Borders, while also testing yourself over one or two days on some great roads.
- Day 1 – Sat 11th May – ‘King of the Mountains‘ – Approx 50 mile route with five or more passes. Riders are timed on each climb.
- Day 2 – Sun 12th May – Traditional Distance – Approx 75 miles with three timed sections, each one with a different character.
I’ve opted to do Day 1 only.
2. The Bethany Edinburgh Sportive – June 1st 2013- Starts in Eskbank – Lasswade High School – 72 miles
Weblink – http://edinburghsportive.btck.co.uk/
Description :- This is a charity event organised by Bethany Christian Trust and all the funds raised from the registration of this event will go to help homeless and vulnerable people throughout Scotland. Now in its 5th year this exciting event for serious amateurs involves a super challenge route 102 miles. There is a shorter route of 72 miles is also on offer for those who would not be able to complete the longer stretch within 8 hours or less. Riders leave from Lasswade High School, Bonnyrigg and head south over the Moorfoot Hills to Innerleithen where the long and shorter routes split. The long route now takes a spectacularly scenic route around the borders and both routes meet again just west of Selkirk. For the shorter route, riders return to Lasswade from Innerleithen via the River Tweed and Gala Water valleys. Both routes then return to the High School over the Moorfoot Hills once more. Each participant will be individually timed and the finishing times will be published on the Bethany website after the event.
Many thanks to Hannah Biddulph (events manager – Bethany) for encouraging twitters on registering for the event.
3. The King of the Mountains Robert Millar Sportive – June 22nd 2013 – 46 mile
To test out my theory that I enjoy cycling up hills……
Description :- King of The Mountains -The Robert Millar Sportive. The event celebrates much of what Robert Millar was famous for, the challenge of climbing and negotiates a number of well known climbs including the feared Tak ma Doon road, the Top of The World and the Crow Road. With two routes, a 95 mile and a 46 mile option this event will challenge all riders and looks set to become a sportive classic,a fitting tribute to Scotland’s own King of The Mountains and still the only British cyclist to win the coveted Polka Dot jersey. Participating in the Robert Millar Sportive will not only challenge you but will help fund a development programme for a new generation of promising young cyclists via Glasgow Wheelers CC & The Braveheart Fund.
4. The BUPA Great Edinburgh Run – 14th July 2013 – 10K
Okay – it’s a run not a cycling sportive….I know. The only running event I do regularly – I want to beat my last years PB…
Weblink – http://www.greatrun.org/Events/Event.aspx?id=3
Description:- Known as the UK’s most scenic urban course, the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run has been a permanent fixture in Scotland’s capital city since 2005. Thousands of runners take to the streets, raising millions of pounds for charity every year. The 2012 Bupa Great Edinburgh Run saw some 8,500 runners enjoy spectacular views in the autumn sunshine, on a day that included the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 5K and the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Runs. I’m looking forward to it but hope that it’s not too hot……
4. The Tour De Forth – 4th August 2013 – Ocean Terminal Edinburgh – 66 miles
Weblink – http://tourdeforth.com/
Route map –
This timed sportive ride will take a circular route, starting at Ocean Terminal in Leith and proceeding northwards across the Forth Bridge to Fife. The route then leads over to Kincardine, stopping at Culross, before heading over the Clackmannanhshire Bridge. Then back towards Edinburgh, stopping at Bo’ness and on through the stunning Hopetoun Estate, before the final leg back to Ocean Terminal.
5. The Pedal for Scotland – 8th September 2013
Scotland’s biggest and best cycle ride – this is my 1st time taking on the longer Sportive ride!!
Weblink :- http://www.pedalforscotland.org/home.aspx
Description:- The freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Sportive is a new ride of 110 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The route takes riders through the Southern Uplands and down into Edinburgh passing through 7 local authorities and incorporating the best sections of numerous Scottish cycle racing circuits, including the A77 10 Mile Time Trial, sections of the Moscow APR and the Strathaven Anderside Classic, incorporating steeps climbs around Muirkirk and undulating stretches across wild moorland . The Sportive is a much more challenging ride for regular cyclists
For anyone attending or taking part in these events – give me a shout!