Heather Giovanni, Tracy Paterson, Krista Black, Jo Forbes and Fi Mackenzie took part in the inaugural Kinross Sportives. Heather and Tracy riding the 73 mile Red Route while Krista, Jo and Fi rode the 45 mile Blue Route. While the rest of the UK sweltered in the hottest Easter weekend for decades, the weather in Eastern Scotland was wet, windy and cold. Nevertheless the event was well organised and all enjoyed the day. Despite the very wet and cold conditions 562 hardy souls completed the events; there were 100 finishers for the Blue route, 241 finishers for the Red route and 221 finishers on the Black route. Details about the events, routes etc. at www.sportive-kinross.co.uk.
What is a Sportive?
A sportive is a non-competitive, non mass-start event which falls between a traditional road race and a non-competitive randonnée or Audax event. Cyclosportive events attract a wide range of riders, from dedicated racing cyclists to leisure cyclists wanting a challenging ride, and allows them to test themselves over a race proven route.
Riders normally carry a number and the time they take to complete the course is recorded. There is usually an upper time limit within which the course must be completed (unlike many randonnée events, there is no lower limit preventing riders from completing the course quickly).
The already lengthy course will traditionally include climbs and difficult riding conditions, adding to the merit of the event. The routes will usually be well sign-posted and/or marshalled and riders will be able to use feeding stations positioned at intervals along the route to replenish their food
Jo said: “Lovely first sportive for me, 43 miles was definitely enough! Set off slightly later than planned due to road accident, but first part of route was dry & foggy. First hill was a bit of a killer but after that was fine until the rain set in. Got pretty wet for most of the route which was a shame as the scenery would have been gorgeous on a sunny day! Stopped around 28miles for some well earned home baking/toilet break & general stretching out!! Enjoyed the second half which had a constant incline but knew we were on the home stretch! Well organised cycling event for charity. Great food & memento, hope to be back next year when it’s sunny!!
Have a great run tomorrow, I plan to stay in bed & stuff my face full of chocolate!!
Fi said: “Hi all, here is a flavour of how wet it was in Perth & Kinross on Easter Saturday. Me, Krista & Jo went off to Kinross to attack a 44 mile route, while Heather & Tracy went further & probably a wee bit faster [hence no pictures!]. The hills were hilly & the cakes were good, hot soup at the end was well received, pretty good for the first ‘running’ of an event.”