Although the majority of sportives are excellently marked, there’s still plenty of opportunity for a lapse in concentration – whether that’s a result of chatting to a friend or simply enjoying the scenery that sends you off course!
Carrying a collection of Ordnance Survey maps, with a meticulously traced line and elevations is almost certainly overkill; a little acknowledgement of where the route goes could save a massive detour should event signage blow away or accidentally be turned. As well as printable route maps, most event organisers also provide a downloadable file for a GPS, which can act as a good backup plan.
Knowing your route will also help when it comes to pacing your ride, not to mention aiding to locate feed stations or any emergency ways out should the worst happen.This is also good practice should you pass high or particularly exposed terrain where weather conditions are likely to change and you may need additional clothing or equipment.
Want more information on event preparation? Take a look at the British Cycling Insight Zone for advice from the same experts that work for the Great Britain Cycling Team.