Riders attack a 'tougher than expected' course with severe climbs, quiet roads and stunning scenery.

The Manchester 100 charity event proved a sportive need not be a suffer-fest for a sense of achievement.

The Southern Sportive has managed to pull off great weather every year and with a clear blue sky and a lovely autumn sun, it looked like they had done it…

Could this be the ultimate end-of-season challenge ride?

2007 Etape du Tour lived up to its reputation as one of the ultimate challenges

Multi-day sportive offering tough terrain and beautiful West Country vistas

One of the most scenic challenge rides of the year, through the country lanes of the Garden of England

Could cycling coach and former pro Dave Lloyd rein in his competitive streak on the mountain roads of Mid-Wales?

CW goes back into the valleys for the 2006 version of the premier Welsh sportive — the Dragon Ride — with 1,000 riders, 100 miles and 3,370 metres of climbing.

James Shrubsall attempts the hardest cyclo-sportive in the world. Warning: contains scenes some may find disturbing, and mild swearing