Smokin Joe said:You have to find your own way round, with a route sheet sent by the organiser. There are no direction signs. I've done a couple organised by my own club, but they are not really my cup of tea. They tend to be a bit cliquey, if you turn up on a race bike you sometimes have to put up with a few abrasive comments from the bearded brigade on their 1950's Ephgraves.
Having to stop seventeen times in five miles to check your route sheet (and still going off course) either appeals or it doesn't. For me, it didn't. I'm not knocking them in general, there are many who are happy to base all there cycling round these events.
RedBike said:Having done a few sportives this year I quite fancy trying an Audax. However, I'm less than keen on getting lost. (With my inability to follow a map/directions it's quite inevitable that at some point I will deviate from the route!)
Is it possible to use some sort of GPS when doing them?
RedBike said:Is it possible to use some sort of GPS when doing them?
That will be the least of their worries. I've no mud-guards or panniers and my bike (including the wheels) is made from carbon. I do have a beard though.You would be beaten to death by men with beards and lumberjack shirts. Even a digital watch is frowned upon.