Losing my Sportive virginity on Sunday with the Kirklees Sportive - 80 miles and ~2,800m of climbing http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/events/eventdetails.asp?evID=6403 Anyone else on here doing it? Any tips for a sportive newbie? Preparations have been lots of 15-20 mile rides, as hilly as possible (inc as many of the actual route hills as possible) - haven't had the time to do any longer rides. Fitted a new cassette with a couple of lower gears (12-27 vs old 12-25) and riding a Giant SCR2 triple - so even Holme Moss in a headwind should be OK. Got some new brake blocks which have improved braking immensely - there's some fantastic descents! Got some energy gel packs and will take a couple of litres of fluids with me - banking on the promised feed stations being of use. Have provisionally arranged to meet wife and kids at a nice pub in Dunford Bridge about 50 miles in, but most advice I've seen suggests not stopping for long due to legs seizing up? Any other advice welcomed! Hope to see some of you there?