Need advice on how to train and plan for your sportive experience - we've got everything you'll need!

British Cycling's experts have published their top tips to help you get the most from your sportive.

Using the same coaching principals that helped nurture Olympic Champions, our Insight Zone has hundreds of articles and British Cycling Members get access to Sportive Training Plans for every level of rider targeting improvements.


Sportive etiquette - There’s no need to feel intimidated as all Sportives should primarily be fun and relaxed days out on your bike with like minded people. However, and this applies to plenty of experienced riders too, there are a few points to remember that will make the day safer and more enjoyable for all involved.
What to expect on the day - While the modern sportive provides most creature comforts, it’s worth remembering that the HQ is typically a temporary event village and a last minute toilet visit isn’t the smartest move. However, there are some great secrets to be discovered, including feed stations with homemade soup and cake.
Know the route - Although the majority of sportives are excellently marked out, there’s still plenty of opportunity for a lapse in concentration – whether that’s a result of chatting to a friend, enjoying the scenery or simply not paying attention!
Be prepared on the day - Despite the promises of fully signed routes, with on-site parking, instantaneous sign on and professional mechanics servicing any broken bikes, your sportive experience will be far more relaxed if you’re organised and self sufficient.
Pacing your ride - Pacing your ride is an essential element to any sportive and could be the difference between a ride in the broom wagon and a personal best. When it comes to pacing, knowledge is power and at its most basic, a little research on the route will mean you’re prepared whatever’s in store.

Equipment - From choosing the right clothing in all conditions, to building your new bike, British Cycling's team of mechanics offer you trade secrets and step-by-step guides.

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