2012 Event List

In my new role as commuter I was in London yesterday, meeting up with the Cyclosport crew for the first time.  We spent a couple of hours in the Porterhouse sorting out who’s doing what next year.  It’s one of my favourite pubs, so sitting there on medication and unable to drink was a tad galling…  But hey, they did a very nice curried vegetable soup, so that was compensatory.  It was really nice to meet everyone – put faces to twitter accounts etc – and it’s always nice to hang out with cyclists who are as obsessed as I am.  Safety in numbers, birds of a feather flocking together, etc ;).

Here’s what 2012 currently, and provisionally (entries have to be sorted for some of them), holds for me – and I’ll be editing it as the year goes on:

  • Winter Mini Sportive – Sunday 12th February
  • Mad March Hare – Sunday 4th March
  • Endura Lionheart – Sunday 18th March
  • The Joker Sportive – Sunday 1st April
  • Wiggle New Forest – Saturday 14th April
  • Mario Cippolini Gran Fondo – Sunday 22nd April
  • Forest of Dean Classic Somerset Hills Gran Fondo – Sunday 6th May
  • Tour of Pembrokeshire – Saturday 12th May
  • Black Rat Bristol Sportive – Sunday 20th May – NEW
  • Wheel Heroes – Sunday 27th May
  • Wiggle Magnificat – Sunday 3rd June
  • Wiggle Dragon Ride (medio corto) – Sunday 10th June – NEW
  • Great Western Sportive – Sunday 17th June
  • Dartmoor Classic – Sunday 24th June
  • Maratona dles Dolomites – Sunday 1st July
  • Great Weston Ride – Sunday 15th July
  • Tour of the Cotswolds – Sunday 22nd July
  • Sodbury Sportive – Sunday 19th August
  • Etape Cymru – Sunday 9th September
  • Cheddar Cyclosportive – Sunday 16th September
  • Bristol Belter – Sunday 23rd September
  • Wiggle New Forest – Saturday 6th October
  • Exmoor Beast – Sunday 28th October
  • Wiggle Devils Punchbowl – Sunday 4th November
That’s now 19 24 22 events I reckon – which is a little bit mad but quite exciting :).  My events tend to be weighted towards the beginning of the year because the school summer holidays have an annoying habit of getting in the way of training and planning, plus I tend to use sportives as training events for the big ride of the year which this year is the Maratona.  I may end up doing more in the Autumn, but that’ll be a bit more ad hoc and arranged nearer the time.  I’m really looking forward to my season, to improving, to riding and writing for Cyclosport, and to lots of happy hours on the bike.  In the meantime if it’s Sunday and you want me…don’t  – because chances are I’m busy riding my bike somewhere :).

Now all I have to do is get myself well again and start training.  Easy right? 😉  *grin*.