Introduction to Sportives

Sportives are long distance organised events, the cycling equivalent of running the marathon, which involve completing a set route within a particular time limit. Sportive events typically range from anywhere between 50 and 150 miles and, although at their most popular in summer, there are events run all year round.

Sportive routes usually take in the most challenging roads in their area, with long, steep climbs and descents, testing all round bike riding skills rather than flat out speed.
The most famous sportive event is L\'Etape du Tour, which takes thousands of riders over the hardest mountain stage of the Tour de France. Other famous sportive events include the La Marmotte in the French Alps and the Raid Pyrenee. In Italy sportives are referred to as Gran Fondos, a term which as also been used on some UK based sportives.

A typical Sportive might include transponder timing, generous feedstations, breakdown recovery and a fully signed route, perhaps with GPS downloads of the route also available. Many events have multiple route options, ‘Small, Medium and Large\' routes, meaning that the whole event is attractive to a wide range of riders. The Sportive phenomenon is now well established with events ranging from 3000+ rider sell-outs right down to events with only a couple of hundred participants. This gives the options to riders of doing the event for the camaraderie and thrill of being part of a huge group of riders (sometimes on fully closed roads) or of simply finding a part of the countryside that they might not otherwise think of riding in.

One and All Club Sportive 9th April 2017

On Sunday the 9th of April there will be this years first longer sportive training ride, departing from Wheal Jane at about 9:15am.
Depending on numbers/riders, there will probably be at least two groups, with two ride leaders, with their assistants. The ride will be heading across the Trelissick Ferry, so please bring your £1 and money for the cafe/lunch stop which will be between about halfway through the ride. Tony Opie will issue the routes closer to the time when he has finalized them.
[Updated Tuesday 28 March 2017]
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One and All Club Sportive 9th April 2017

On Sunday the 9th of April there will be this years first longer sportive training ride, departing from Wheal Jane at about 9:15am.
Depending on numbers/riders, there will probably be at least two groups, with two ride leaders, with their assistants. The ride will be heading across the Trelissick Ferry, so please bring your £1 and money for the cafe/lunch stop which will be between about halfway through the ride. Tony Opie will issue the routes closer to the time when he has finalized them.
[Updated Tuesday 28 March 2017]
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Sportive Sessions

One and All Cycling wants to give you the opportunity to set yourself some targets for this year, and hopefully some of these might be to enter a few Sportives around the South West, or even further afield. To help you rise to the challenge with confidence (distance, fitness and fueling strategy) we will be arranging a series of Sportive Sessions aimed at giving you the experience of riding longer distances which are usually a feature in these Sportives. Its also an opportunity for the more experienced cyclist to develop group riding skills, with the potential to work as part of a team and maximising your potential for a good course time.

The Dartmoor Classic, The Eden Classic, Coast and Clay Sportive are all held locally, and potentially a repeat of the One and All Cycling trip to tackle La Bernard Hinault Sportive in Brittany in late June. A final local challenge for you might be the Lands End 100 (supported by One and All Cycling) leaving from Marazion in October!! There are a number of iconic sportives being held in Europe too, from classics such as Paris-Roubaix to events like the L'Etape du Tour, which mirrors stages and routes in Le Tour de France!

Hopefully, two Sportive Sessions will be held before the middle of April, and at least two more before the Dartmoor Classic/Brittany trip in June. Watch out for Sportive Session details on the One and All Cycling website and links from the Facebook page.
[Updated Monday 6 March 2017]
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Sportive Sessions 2014 (longer club rides for sportive training)

One and All Cycling Sportive Calendar 2014 (updated 18.03.2014)

Sportive Session 1 23rd March 2014

Paris-Roubaix Challenge 12th April 2014

*Sportive Session 2 13th April 2014
(start at Lanhydrock Cycle Hub for and Looe route)

Wiggle Cornwall Tor (Bodmin) 27th April 2014

Sportive Session 3 11th May 2014
Sportive Session 4 1st June 2014

Bernard Hinault (Brittany) 21st June 2014
Dartmoor Classic (entries closed) 22nd June 2014

Tour de France starts (Yorkshire) 5th July 2014

Bath 100 Sportive weekend 28/29th June 2014

Bodmin Moor 100 13th July 2014

Tour de France finishes (Paris) 29th July 2014

London 100 10th August 2014

*Sportive Session 5 24th August 2014
(Hayle start for Lands End route)
Sportive Session 6 14th September 2014

Lands End 100 (Marazion) 5th October 2014

*It intended to arrange two Sportive Sessions to start and finish from a different location from Bissoe Bike Hire and Café, to offer the potential for some fresh routes to be explored.

Peter Woodford
[Updated Tuesday 7 January 2014]
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Sportive Report: La Bernard Hinault Cyclosportive 20th June 2015

This sportive was, for the third year running, the focal point of the club's foray into Europe for Team One and All. Nine club members (and one 'guest' from Lanhydrock Wheelers) signed up for a five day trip to Brittany to take on the testing 120kms sportive leaving from St. Brieuc and taking in the coast and countryside of Northern Brittany.

The overnight Tuesday ferry crossing from Plymouth saw an early start for our two vans (thanks to Rod and Jon) and ten occupants, bikes and luggage to drive to St. Brieuc. On our first trip, we took one van, camping gear and six rode the 72 miles to St. Brieuc! This year we had booked ready made accommodation, which meant a simple drive, less gear and more comfort in St. Brieuc at Camping des Vallees. This is a great site, just on the edge of the main town and close to the start of the sportive. After a short afternoon ride out to the coast, we had another cracking meal in a very cosy and traditional restaurant in the centre of St. Brieuc completed the first day 'en France'.

Thursday brought another opportunity to ride out along the Brittany coastline, a little further this time, with appropriate refreshment stops along the way!

Next day (Friday) took us out into the French countryside for a staedy 60 mile ride. The aim was to meet up and have lunch with Rod James's good friends who live nearby. We arrived at a small rural bar/restaurant, and had a superb five course lunch (including wine) for 12 euros!!! Off to the sport centre for sign on followed in the afternoon, where we all got a goody bag and a free commemorative cycling jersey, and a post ride meal ticket, all included in the entry fee of 22 euro. Evening meal was a nearby Italian restaurant as some needed to do a bit of carb-loading!!

The 198km option started at 8.00am, and we rolled up for a mass start at 9.00am, although the 'off' was delayed until about 9.20am. Closed roads and barriered junctions for the first three k's was impressive, as well as a few spectators waving us on our way! We rode as two groups (fast and medium) all the way. The route was varied and quite testing in places, but without any seriously hard climbs. Good riding weather conditions apart from what seemed to be a constant headwind despite the circular route. Great organisation on the route, with all the junctions marshalled and marshals actually able to STOP THE TRAFFIC!!! And the ride was finished of with a buffet meal at the sport centre, followed by presentations to the fastest and oldest riders in each category. Prizes were presented by Tour de France legend Bernard Hinault himself. Epic!

Sunday saw us pack up, say our farewells to Christian, and the return journey back to Roscoff. Arrival in this pretty port old town around 12.00 gave us time for a short stroll before finding yet another restaurant for some lunch. And finally, the short trip to the ferry port for the 3.30pm ferry back to Plymouth!

Thanks to Rod, Jon, Tony, Rachel, Richard, Liz, Mark, Paul, and Jamie (Lanhydrock Wheelers). Chapeau and here's to next year!

Peter Woodford
[Updated Monday 8 July 2013]
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