A cyclosportive (often referred to as a sportive, a challenge ride or cycle leisure ride) is a mass-participation bicycle event that combines elements of road bicycle racing and long distance bicycle touring. Importantly, the events are not races and they make use of road networks. Aber Cycle Fest has created the Welsh Wild West Sportive with three routes of different distances for riders to choose from. Riders carry a number and the time they take to complete the course is recorded.
The routes will be well sign-posted and marshalled at key points. Riders will be able to use feeding stations positioned at intervals along the route to replenish their food and drink supplies, and mechanical and medical support will also be provided.
The spirit of Welsh Wild West Sportive is to enjoy the freedom of the cycling challenge in Wales in a safe and supported environment. We have taken great care when planning our routes to make maximum use of the quite lanes which cross the countryside. We have also tried to take you through well-known and lesser known beauty-spots. Recognising that not everyone always wants huge mountains on their cycling routes, we have balanced this with a range of 4 distances to choose from.
Some sportive events attract thousands of participants – since 2000, l’Etape du Tour has offered places to 8,500 riders each year. Leisure riding is by far the largest growth area in UK cycling right now – partly due to the racing successes of riders like Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
The Aberystwyth Cycle Fest’s Welsh Wild West Sportive will target to attract a wide range of riders, from dedicated racing cyclists to leisure cyclists wanting a challenging ride. It’s a great way to pick up or share tips with other riders.
The online entry process is very quick and simple.
We’ll keep you informed of all news running up to the big day by email; but you should always check our Website / Twitter / Facebook for news in the meantime. On the day of the event we will provide you with your instructions, rider number and timing chip. A week before the event, we will also contact participants with final details about the event to help you on the day.
A good starting point is British Cycling, the UK’s governing body for all aspects of cycle racing. It’s becoming very much more involved with the UK sportive scene. Although other events are published on various web-sites, they do not have control over the content. We always advise our riders to make sure that they have obtained the most up-to-date information, and we work closely with Welsh Cycling to ensure the safety of all our riders. For more information, visit their websites.