Sportive banditry

Discussion in 'Sportives' started by bonker, 14 May 2010.

  1. bonker

    bonker Über Member

    What's to stop you just tagging along on a sportive held on open roads?

    So long as you don't use the feed stations etc you're just out for a ride really?
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    nothing.. if it's on the pubic roads.
  3. aberal

    aberal Senior Member

    ...but what would be the point?
  4. Flying Dodo

    Flying Dodo It'll soon be summer

    Only do it if you're riding a rusty, worn out bike and can out pace the other riders!
  5. Nothing really, you just won't get a time, medal etc.
  6. Flying Dodo

    Flying Dodo It'll soon be summer

    Could be a bit hairy though. ;)
  7. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru


    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.
  8. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    South Wales
    I did a sportive route without paying ,had a great day riding around the route.Wouldnt consider doing it without paying on the same day as the event though :-)
  9. Renard

    Renard Guest

    What I don't really understand is if you want the buzz of cycling in a race get road racing. Sportives are a bit pseudo.
  10. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    South Wales
    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:
  11. PK99

    PK99 Guru


    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
  12. lukesdad

    lukesdad Guest

    Don t think some people have quite got the gist of what a sportive is all about.:smile:
  13. OP

    bonker Über Member

    Sportive bandit

    I promised someone I would do this event and have found that it's sold out.
    I'm not an arse, honest.
  14. amaferanga

    amaferanga Veteran

    Cat3/Cat4 races are usually less than 40 miles, not particularly hilly and on circuits. Not really the same thing as a 100 mile hilly sportive is it?
  15. amaferanga

    amaferanga Veteran

    Turn up on the day then. There'll be plenty of no shows so you might be able to enter.
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