What's your favourite UK sportive?

by cactuscat   November 25, 2008  

just looking on MCC and there's much talk of exotic foreign sportives, but what's your fave UK ride? doesn't have to be a 'proper' sportive, well mine isn't anyway: www.exmouthexodus.co.uk

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Haven't done that many, but I did like the Dragon that was … hard. And I've heard tell of some pretty good smaller Welsh ones too – The Tour of Pembroke?
Oh, and I'd also like to do the Etape Caledonia, a few mates did that and while they said it wasn't especially hard they reckoned it was a great ride and doing it on closed roads made it all the more special.

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posted by thebikeboy [138 posts]
25th November 2008 - 14:39

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The hardest I have done is the Tour of Pembrokeshire this year. Three 25% climbs in the first 35 miles had me wondering if I could actually finish it.

And the sun shone all day, too, which kinda made it for me.

I'd recommend it to anyone.

Tom

posted by ourmaninthenorth [93 posts]
27th November 2008 - 13:10

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A couple of mates of mine did the Pembrokshire and the Dragon and reckoned the former was really hard not that the Dragon wasn't - one of them had some pics of people pushing up the first of the reallly steep hills - 25 per cent and it didn't look short either. There were also some vid on Cyclosport I think - some poor fella who was well over-geared toppling off as he lost momentum on one of the steeper climbs.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4131 posts]
27th November 2008 - 13:24

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That first 25% climb is approached not with a run up, but around a hairpin bend, meaning that it's a slow grind up to the first turn, and then on towards the top.

The others were in and out of Fishguard. Sooo steep.

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27th November 2008 - 18:19

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