Alternative sportives for 2011

Few British cyclists should need to be told what the Etape Caledonia is. Many more will be familiar with Hands on Events rides that include the Bealach Beag and Mor, Skye Sportive and Cairngorm 100.

An event that might be less well known, but would be worth considering for your 2011 calendar is the Ken Laidlaw, run out of Hawick. The Sportive Kinross in Perthshire, another new event, is already sold out.

The Ken Laidlaw, named after the first Scot to ride the Tour, is a 100 mile ride that takes in several stiff climbs. It has been run by Hawick Cycling Club for the past three years and will take place on the 21st August in 2011.

Sportive Kinross, now in its second year, was run as an informal unsupported event in 2010 but has stepped up to include three routes of varying difficulty, event photographs, a charity partner, timing and event sponsorship. A twitter account is a nice touch.

sportive kinross

Sportive Kinross
The Ken Laidlaw (cyclosport.org)
Etape Caledonia
Hands on Events