Sportive Guides

Riding Mallorca 312

Having completed many Sportive’s over the years I was interested in trying a closed road variant, as I was told how good they were.  In 2017 I was fortunate enough to participate in Ride London and ...

Riding the Paris Roubaix Sportive

Having worked two seasons as a bike guide in Greece, I classed myself as a fairly confident cyclist despite my non-existent cobble riding experience. So, when the opportunity of riding Paris-Roubaix ...

Which Spring Classic Sportive To Ride

The cycling world descends on Belgium & Northern France for four weeks between late March and late April. It's not just the pros that get to have fun, with each one day classic there is an ...

2018 UCI World Championships Route Analysis

The 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships take place on the shores of Lake Varese in the Italian Lakes. This is both a beautiful spot and an easy one to get to for UK riders before the next two ...

Best of the Cobbled Classics

The two weeks from Gent Wevelgem to Paris Roubaix are packed with some of the best pro races and sportives of the year. Flanders buzzes with excitement and the sport is rarely off the front pages. ...

10 Things Every Rider needs to know for the 2018 Etape

The biggest sportive of the year is the Etape du Tour. This classic event is celebrating it's 25th year in 2018 with a stunning and unique route. Choosing to ride the Etape is a big commitment ...

Ride Report: Mallorca 312

Mallorca 312 has quickly become one of the biggest sportives in Europe. Sportive Breaks joined over 6,500 riders on the road to take it all in…

Roubaix & Flanders - Everything you need to know about the two best cycling weekends of the year

If you’re a cycling fan, then the first half of April can mean only one thing: cobbles. There are all sorts of races taking place virtually daily across northern France, Flemish Belgium and the ...

Ride Report: Granfondo Stelvio Santini

The Stelvio Santini Gran Fondo is a bucket list ride and one I’d recommend to any cyclist. There are three routes to choose from: 60km, 137.9km or 151.3km which all sounds fair enough until you look ...

Ride Report: Etape du Tour 2016

When the route was initially announced in October, it looked like a slightly easier Etape than previous years with one exception – the last climb. In the week leading up to the race, it was announced ...

Ride Report: Gent Wevelgem Sportive

The cycling world returned to Belgium last week for the start of the Flanders Classics. Given the bombings and tragic loss of life in Brussels earlier in the week, it felt fitting to be riding hard ...

Which Sportives to Ride in 2018

The 2017 cycling season is officially in the books. Froome won 2 Grand Tours, Sarah finished Mallorca 312 in under 12 hours, Van Avermaet cleaned up at the Spring Classics & Tom completed his first ...

Riding the 2018 Etape du Tour Route

The 2018 Etape takes in a fascinating route with some big changes to the norm. Gone are the bucket list climbs and summit finishes. In are super steep, shorter cols & a first ever Etape du Tour ...

Top 7 European Sportives of 2018

There are so many mountains to climb and races to ride. How do you pick which ones to tackle in 2018? We take thousands of riders each year to the top sportives in Europe and spend time meeting with ...

Top Five Sportive Doubles

Chris Froome has just announced his intention to ride both the Giro d'Italia & Tour de France double in 2018 attempting to be the first rider since 1998 to win both Grand Tours in the same year. Time ...