Whether you've done a whole bucket list of sportives or you're looking at lining up for your first one this year, it's always good to get some good advice. Chain Reaction Cycles have got some great tips on their new hub page – How to prepare for a sportive – including this video they've shot with Vitus-riding legend Sean Kelly...
To celebrate the launch of this section the guys from Chain reaction have partnered with us to give away a Vitus bike to one of you lucky readers.
We went out to Spain earlier in the year to sling a leg over the Vitus Venon Disc and Mat was impressed: "If you’re after a comfortable, endurance-driven road bike with a ton of value for money, this is one for your short list", he said. It's based on a new High-Modulus T700 carbon frame and a full carbon fork, and features thru-axles at the front and rear. The build is predominantly Shimano 105, with TRP Spyre disc brakes, and you get a high-quality Fulcrum Racing Sport Disc wheelset.
Sounds good, right? And you could get this bike for free. Just stick your details in the form below and you'll be entered into the prize draw.
You can also submit a sportive tip when you enter, and you'll be in with a chance of winning a unique Sean Kelly signed jersey too in our bonus competition.
As well as the chance to win a bike, everyone that submits a tip will get a discount code for £5 off their next spend of £50 or more at Chain Reaction Cycles. You're welcome! So get tipping and we'll tell you who's won the bike, and show you the best five tips, in a couple of weeks. Go!
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.