As a cyclist for racing and pleasure over a number of years may I question the wisdom of the construction of some Sportifs in GB? Yes, you do need to make them a challenge to experienced riders, but it does nothing for the relative newcomer who is just finding his/her feet in the pastime. I am aware that there are shorter distances for newbies, but it covers part of the same course with some big hills also, which many find daunting. For someone with a couple of seasons under their belt the beginner's route is not stretching them and a longer journey is beyond their ability. Realising that it must be a nightmare for organisers to set a course to suit everyone, is there anybody on the Forum who has a solution to this difficult situation? Your suggestion for suitable events or advice generally would be much appreciated.