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Sportive & Audax Events



A sportive is a non-competitive, non mass-start event which falls between a traditional road race and a non-competitive randonnée or Audax event.

Cyclosportive events attract a wide range of riders, from dedicated racing cyclists to leisure cyclists wanting a challenging ride, and allows them to test themselves over a race-proven route.

Riders normally carry a number and the time they take to complete the course is recorded. There is usually an upper time limit within which the course must be completed (unlike many randonnée events, there is no lower limit preventing riders from completing the course quickly). The already lengthy course will traditionally include climbs and difficult riding conditions, adding to the merit of the event

The routes will usually be well sign-posted and/or marshalled and 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 may also be provided. Some attract thousands of participants - since 2000 l'Etape du Tour has offered places to 8,500 riders each year.



Audax or Randonnee events offer you the opportunity to push your cycling boundaries through personal achievement. It is a style of bicycle riding that requires covering long-distances over an unmarked course of challenging terrain within a generously allotted time period of almost continuous riding. Riders do not compete against their fellow cyclists, but only against their own personal best, all the while experiencing the camaraderie of riding with like-minded cyclists and achieving the personal satisfaction offered by long distance riding.

The fabled Paris-Brest-Paris, held every four years, is the world's most famous 1200 km randonee. Run by the Audax Club Parisien from Paris to the coastal town of Brest in Bretagne and back again, PBP is the pinnacle long distance cycling event for many of the worlds randonneurs

Some Local Sportive & Audax events 2013

17 March     North Cotswolds CC - Reliability Trial.   Moreton in Marsh

01 April     Santini Cotswold Spring Classic

21 April     White Horse Challenge

21 April     Freewheeling Spring Ride -Audax

21 April      OxBucks Stowe Cycle Sportive

28 April     The Harlequin Hack - Audax     Northmoor

28 April     Evans Cycles RideIt, Watlington Sportive

5 May       The Classic Oxford Bike Ride Harwell   

12 May     Cheltenham Spa Sportive

12 May     Sue Ryder Charity Ride                  

16 June     Circuit of the Cotswolds     

16 June     The Great Western Sportive - Swindon

30 June     Barbury Bash Audax - Milton, Abingdon

7 July       St Mungo's London to Oxford Bike Ride

14 July     Wiggle Magnificat Sportive, Newbury

21 July     Tour of the Cotswolds - Shipton on Stour

25 Aug     Zappi's Gran Fondo - Oxford    

01 Sept     Ashfold OxBucks Cycle Sportive

13 Oct     Cotswold Edge Sportive - Hawksbury Upton

Ray Gould Tour of the Cotswold

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