Spoiled by sportive choice

Sportives continue to go from strength to strength with some 43 major events listed for May. In this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine (April 22) we have printed full up-to-the-minute listings for the month ahead, including all the latest additions and alterations to the calendar.

Two of the highlights, the Fred Whitton Challenge on May 9 and the Etape Caledonia the following week, are both sold out, but there are still spaces for the Pearson 150 on May 23.

This new event celebrates one and a half centuries of the famous Surrey bike shop with a choice of 150- or 75-kilometre rides around the Surrey and Sussex lanes to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Expect a demanding day in the saddle with many climbs including Ditchling Beacon, which has featured in many major bike races and the annual London to Brighton bike ride.

Still looking for inspiration? Then try the Verenti Cornwall Tor on May 15 with the 100-mile version the only one-day coast-to-coast sportive in the country. There are also 72- and 44-mile versions of this UCI-sanctioned event, which is described as ‘a seriously tough cycling challenge’.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly

Related links

Cycling Weekly’s online cyclo-sportive calendar