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Paul Flynn’s Sportive Review 2018

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.