Sportive Review 2018
For the first time since I started cycling ( can’t admit when that was), I have completed ten cycling sportive’s this summer. They are mostly events that took place within an 80km radius of Sligo with the exception of the Marmotte event held annually in The French Alps.
This is purely a personal view of the events and is not in any way connected with Innisfree Wheelers club. I have tried to be as neutral as possible in the different categories outlined. In relation to the marks for challenge, my view is that the tougher the challenge, then the better the sportive. This may not be the view of all participants in these sportive’s.
|A||B||C||D||Total (A to D)|
|No||Date||Sportive name||Location||Distance (km’s)||Ascent (metres)||Road quality||Marshalling||Food||Challenge||Map link||General comment|
|1||14/04/2018||Donegal Bay 140km||Donegal town||137.59||2279||8||8||8||8||32||Donegal Route||Great challenging event with constant climbing. Well sign posted and stunning scenery. Highly recommend.|
|2||22/04/2018||Smugglers CC 120km||Derrylin||112.99||1266||6||7||6||7||26||Smugglers Route||Good sportive with some nice climbing. Let down somewhat by road quality and food at the end of event.|
|3||06/05/2018||IWCC Spring Classic 120km||Sligo town||117.83||1011||8||8||8||6||30||Innisfree Route||Good event on excellent roads. Well marshalled but no real climbing involved.|
|4||13/05/2018||Curliu Wheelers 120km||Boyle||120.79||1089||6||7||8||7||28||Curlieu Route||Well organised event on testing roads. Hard climb at the end which was optional.|
|5||17/06/2018||Ox Mountain 4 pass 120km||Aclare||126.74||1391||6||8||7||8||29||Ox Mtn Route||Good tough sportive with four challenging climbs. Food choice could improve.|
|6||23/06/2018||Ballisodare Bay 80km||Ballisodare||80.96||778||6||8||10||6||30||Ballisodare Route||Great event only let down by start/finish on a very busy main road. Super food.|
|7||08/07/2018||La Marmotte 174km||French Alps||175.33||4870||10||10||4||10||34||Marmotte Route||The ultimate sportive and the toughest in Europe. Don’t expect good quality food or any sympathy and you will enjoy the experience.|
|8||19/08/2018||Leitrim Glens 200km||Manorhamilton||199.7||2593||8||7||8||8||31||Leitrim Route||Very challenging route, for experienced cyclists only. Nine climbs which contained some leg breakers. Come prepared to suffer.|
|9||01/09/2018||IWCC Three Counties 80km||Sligo town||85.23||595||7||8||7||6||28||3 Counties Route||Great old sportive now nearly 25 years running. Needs a new route as N15 is unsuitable for cyclists.|
|10||16/09/2018||Hills Above Derrygonley 80km||Derrygonley||78.75||1028||8||7||6||7||28||HAD Route||Good testing sportive with two tough climbs. Food on offer could be improved.|