Road Racing

Sportives

Riding as part of a group is more sociable and can save you energy during a long event.

The performance advantage to riding in a group is that several people can share the responsibility of setting a manageable pace as well as sheltering their riding mates from the wind - a technique known as 'drafting.'

The most efficient formation for a large group is to ride side-by-side in pairs, with riders gradually rotating and sharing their turn on the front. How long your turn is depends a lot on weather conditions and how strong you feel, but 5 minutes is a good starting point.

Riding in close proximity to other riders does carry hazards though, so be sure to give enough space to manoeuvre, don't overlap the wheel in front and be sure to keep good communication with your riding companions.

Has this inspired you to get some practice in and enter an event? Check out our local sportive events listed below.

MORE SPORTIVES WILL BE ADDED WHEN DATES BECOME AVAILABLE.

SOSBAN SPORTIVE

Merlin Cycle Ride

There are lots of excellent cycling challenges and Sportives all over Wales that cater for the established and experienced Cyclists but the Sosban Ride has been specifically designed as a Starter cycling experience for every member of the family to enjoy together. This adventure is more a typical Fun Day out rather than a marathon.

Headquarters Bynea Cycling Club, off Yspitty Road, Bynea, Llanelli. (Opposite the factory gate, lane adjacent to Harry Philips Peugeot garage.)

Starting at Bynea Cycling Clubs’ HQ (just off the B4297) in the suburbs of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at 10:00 on Sunday the 11th May 2014 there will be a choice of two routes that follow the picturesque Millennium Coastal path with the shorter 20k (12 mile) route heading to the Discovery Centre at North Dock Llanelli and the longer 45k (27 mile)  route continuing along the costal path through the historic harbour town of Burry Port into Pembrey Country Park and back along the Coast path finishing at the starting point at Bynea -this is a linear there and back cycle ride so you needn’t worry about following any complicated instructions or maps.

Please click HERE for further information

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