Cyclosportifs

Cyclosportif rides are very popular in Europe and participation in Britain is now booming. This includes the Kingston Wheelers too and many members are taking part in rides at home and abroad. It's common for the club to have many riders together in the same event.

Marmotte            grafitti            Ventoux

You can read a selection of accounts from club members on their experience in a variety of different cyclosportifs. They are all in the Features section.

Cyclosportif rides are organised mass participation rides where riders are timed and given a finishing position. In Italy, a cyclosportive is known as a gran fondo, meaning long distance. Such rides have been popular for many years amongst European riders, especially in France. Now more and more British riders are trying them at home and abroad.

A cyclosportive or gran fondo is not a race. For sure, some at the start will be trying to come first, but for most the event is a personal challenge, with some just trying to complete the course, others aiming for a particular time and possibly a "gold standard" time. For all, riding a cyclosportive is a pleasure and often the highlight of any season.

Many club members have done cyclosportives at home and abroad, from local rides in the South-East to further afield, like the Dragon Ride in Wales, the Tour of Flanders in Belgium or the Etape du Tour and Marmotte in France and many more events too.