November Sportives and Winter Cycling
23 October 2014
Whether you're mad, incredibly brave or just can't control the urge to get out there on two wheels have a look at the list below which details some weekend sportives taking place in November and are still open for entry.
Weekend of Saturday 1st November:
Wiggle Devils Punch
Polocini - Winter Warmer
Evans - Biggin Hill
Weekend of Saturday 8th November:
Mitchells Tattenhall 100
Change Gear Moorlands
The 'Keep It Growing' Movember Ride
The Essex Season Ender
Wiggle Hell Fire Corner Sportive
Evans Cycles Sportive RideIt! Cheltenham
Cycle Club Bexley Reliability Ride
It's Knott Winter Sportive
Somerset Screamer Sportive
Weekend of Sunday 16th November:
Birdy Bunch MK Late Autumn Sportive
Wiggle Bitter Beast Sportive
Weekend of Saturday 22nd November:
Wiggle Royal Flyer Sportive
Evans Cycles Sportive RideIt! Northumberland
Weekend of Sunday 30th November:
Wiggle Wight Winter Sportive
Isle of Wight
Finally, before we sign off here's a quick check list of all the kit we think is worth considering for a cold weather sportive:
- Start with a good base layer - These can be snapped up quite cheaply and make the world of difference when it's cold outside. After all, your torso and upper body don’t move quite as much as everything below the waste.
- Mid layer - This could actually be a long sleeve t-shirt or even a summer cycling jersey that could be worn over the top.
- Windproof/waterproof gloves - There’s nothing worse than having cold hands all day so invest in a decent pair. They will be worth their weight in gold!
- Windproof/waterproof jacket - Depending on the weather, you could opt for a heavy weight jacket or pack a lightweight foldable jacket that can easily be stashed in your jersey pocket.
- A nice thick pair of full-length or three-quarter length bib tights - If you can find a water-resistant pair that don’t break the bank, these would be worth considering.
- A thin under-helmet hat or neck buff pulled over your head - Your head needs to be taken care of as it tends to lose more heat than any other part of the body.
- Overshoes or toe covers - If you don’t want to invest in these, a cheeky bit of tin foil folded up in the front of your cycling shoes work pretty well too.
- Waterproof phone cover - You can buy specifically designed covers but we’ve found a small zip lock sandwich bag works just as well.
- Last, but by no means least… please get yourself a decent set of lights. Even if it’s not pitch dark outside, it's good practice to have these on at all times during the winter.
For more advice on winter cycling, have a look at some of the links below…
Have fun, stay safe!
- RCE team.