Ming the Merciless
There is no mercy
- Inside my skull
When does a race because an audax, well for what I've seen it's at 24 hours, the folks at the annual 24 time trial seem to come from both sports. Longer than they are mostly audaxer and lower than that its TT folk.
I think you are missing the point (or maybe I am?). Sportives are neither a race or a competition.I do prefer the much more understated and less competitive audaxes to sportives...
The decisive factor for me - tightwad.Sportives tend to cost more
The decisive factor for me - tightwad.
Surely the main difference is the number of fat middle aged all the gear and no idea types who think there's a chance of getting headhunted for Ineos. Much more annoying than the cat at 43. (I must be clear - there are very nice people riding sportives also).
If you want to make generalisations then, in my experience, the most applicable one I've found is that in sportives it's typically "people who like riding bikes", whereas in audaxes it's ... er ... "people who like riding bikes".
I think you are missing the point (or maybe I am?). Sportives are neither a race or a competition.
I've done a few and the only targets in a 'Sportive' are your own. There may be cut offs (everyone wants to go home at some point) but the main emphasis is about completing the route at a 'reasonable' pace and enjoying the ride (which I have always done). You may want to set a personal time or AVE pace, but there are no prizes or incentives to be the fastest or finish first.
But you enjoyed riding LEL, right; or was that someone else? What items of equipment did you use or carry that a rider on a 400km soportive would have rolled their eyes at? Would sucking a few wheels have helped you out there?I prefer riding on my own than in organised events where I don't have to make awkward chit chat or field questions about how many KOMs I have or why I still use panniers.