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    Sportives

    Has anyone signed up to any sportives or challenge rides this year? I am doing the wiggle `no excuses`one in a couple of weeks (just the 40 mile route), then the wiggle french revolution one in June (73 miles, eek) and also the Isle of Wight one in July (65 miles I think). I might aim for a 100 miler before the summer is over depending on how they go. I have not done any sportives before! hopefully they will go ok though
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    I'd love to do some Sportives this year. I had my eye on the New Forest Spring Sportive, but its sold out now. But I noticed they do one in early October - New Forest 100. The annoying thing is, I don't own a car to get to half of these places (I live in London) and it would be a total pain trying to do it by train. I may have to enlist some friends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catcake View Post
    I'd love to do some Sportives this year. I had my eye on the New Forest Spring Sportive, but its sold out now. But I noticed they do one in early October - New Forest 100. The annoying thing is, I don't own a car to get to half of these places (I live in London) and it would be a total pain trying to do it by train. I may have to enlist some friends!
    'Catcake' have you looked at all of the sportives in Surrey, there are a fair few and if you can get to Clapham Junction, there's usually a train that will get you to the start line! Are you joining us for the social 60-miler this weekend on Sunday?

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    Thanks Kirsty, I'll check out some other sportives in the Surrey area!

    Would love to join you for the ride this Sunday, but I have been enlisted on Mother's Day duties! I am really hoping it goes well and you guys organise another one, because I'd love to join you all for a ride.

    Safe cycling!
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    Ditto what Laura has said I hope it goes well and hope another one is organised soon, would love to come on the next one.
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    I'm organising a sportive and also a new women's ride on 5th May and 23 June respectively, both in east Kent. They are charity rides of 45 or 75 for the Cycle Challenge www.pilgrimscyclechallenge.org and 25 or 50 for Divas on Wheels www.divasonwheels.org. The latter came out of not enough women doing the Challenge and I know that there's lots of us out there who sometimes need a bit of extra confidence and a push!

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    So I've taken the plunge and signed up for my first Sportive, the Wiggle Essex Explorer 2013. I am only doing the 40 mile route, but it should be a nice little warm up for my Charity ride I've been training for, The Nightrider, in June. That one is a cheeky 62 mile spin around London overnight! Yay!
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    Fab! Well done Laura. It looks like a good sportive and is a good warm up for your night ride. I have been meaning to make a small donation to the Battersea dogs home since watching the Paul O Grady programmes on it, so I have just done a donation on your page.

    I am doing a sportive next Saturday in Cambridge which is also 40 miles, and only around 600ft of hill climbs by the looks of it, which will make a nice change!
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    Thanks so much Sally - that is SO generous of you and I really appreciate it. All this generosity is spurring me on up the hills for sure

    Good luck for next Saturday - sounds like a nice gentle one to get the season started.
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    The Wiggle sportives are really well organised for those who are riding them and I would really recommend. They were the first ones I did when I started a couple of years ago and I didn't even have a watch with me so I had no idea what was going on!! I did the Hell of the Ashdown in Kent a couple of weeks ago which was freezing but beautiful!!! There were hardly any ladies about on that one which was a shame. I am also doing the Wiggle No Excuses next weekend, New Forest Springx2 (why!!) and the Ups and Downs. I'velso signed up for the full Dragon Ride which is going to be tough, and I also got a place on the RideLondon100 if that is a sportive!!!!

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