Sportive review – The Fool’s Errand VI – “the joy of six” 2017

What a route. That sums the Fool's Errand VI up rather well I think. I'll admit I'm a local to this Hadlow based sportive (living just down the road) so possibly biased, but actually thinking about it, I think that should mean it would take more for me to be impressed, as I've already seen … Continue reading Sportive review – The Fool’s Errand VI – “the joy of six” 2017


The Fool’s Errand, in more ways than one… 

This weekend I'm signed up for a local sportive in Hadlow, Kent: "The Fool's Errand: the joy of six" It's organised by a charity, Wide Horizons, who work to help provide adventure learning activities for children as part of their usual education.  Doing the long route (120km), it's hopefully going to be a good challenge … Continue reading The Fool’s Errand, in more ways than one… 

Sportive review – Haywards Heath Howler 2017, Wiggle Super Series

Second sportive of the year and it was off to West Sussex for the Wiggle Super Series Haywards Heath Howler, organised by UK Cycling Events. I'd signed up for the Epic route, taking in 80 miles, although not as much climbing as the Kentish Killer last month. A traffic-free 45 minutes cross country drive over … Continue reading Sportive review – Haywards Heath Howler 2017, Wiggle Super Series


Preparation for the Howler

So I'm looking forward to the Wiggle Haywards Heath Howler sportive in Sussex this Sunday, especially if the weather keeps warming and brightening up! In preparation for this sportive, as well as a little turbo trainer on weekday mornings, I ventured outside last weekend and did one of my usual local routes, about 46 miles. This is … Continue reading Preparation for the Howler


Clean bike time

So I probably should've done this straight away after the Kentish Killer, but I just didn't have it in me. But today I bit the bullet and decided to clean the bike (2017 Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1), and it needed it! There are so many guides out there on how to clean your bike, … Continue reading Clean bike time


Sportive review – Kentish Killer 2017

The Kentish Killer - first sportive of the year done, and it was really quite tiring! That said, it was hugely satisfying and an excellent way to kick off the year. Generally very well organised, a friendly atmosphere and well stocked with flapjacks and pasta, the difficulty of the route and the fact that it's so early … Continue reading Sportive review – Kentish Killer 2017


An introduction

The idea behind this blog is to review a series of 2017 sportives, from the point of view of a fairly experienced but very much amateur cyclist. But first, I thought it'd be a good idea to introduce myself and give a little context to future posts. I've been riding bikes on and off since … Continue reading An introduction