I don't share some people's enthusiasm for driving all over the region just to do a timed and supported ride but if I had paid my £25 and was followed round by someone who plainly hadn't, I would think "What an arse".
If you can't operate a map, watch and cafe on your own, Bonker, you need to learn. OTOH if you want to pirate a sportive because you want the buzz of cycling in a race but don't want to pay the £25, you are an arse.
I see Sportives a bit like Marathon running.People do it for a wide variety of reasons from proving to themselves that they can or raising money for charity ,just for fun etc Very few are real contenders to win .
Theres a burger van on a mountain top that the Dragon Sportive goes past.Chatting to the proprietor he was amazed one year when a group of young guys doing the dragon stopped and had a BBQ in the layby.Not sure if they carried it all up in their jersey pockets or met someone up there with a car.:troll:
the more people who do that and the greater the numbers and the more riders who are not identifiable the more likely that sportives will fall foul of the authorities and have restrictions placed upon them
Many people do it on the L2B - but that is on closed/police controlled roads