Its getting close to the time of year where excuses for not being out on the bike disappear, best start thinking about Sportives. Heres the list thats been circulated around our regular group, the bangor coastal and maracycle are shaping up to the ones most of us attend. I'm going to try to repeat last years aim of getting to at least one a fortnight, so will have to start checking out more of the events down south and perhaps over the water, I've got the bike bag now so better use it.

16th Feb - Tour of Down. 100k on the long route.
28th Apr - Kings Moss 100k ballyclare.
5th May - tour of the Glens. Belfast start, 210k
12th May - tour of Malin Head 88km
9th Jun - wicklow 200
16th Jun - bangor coastal
29/30 Jun - maracycle
3rd Aug - freewheelers tour of lough neagh (lap the lough but not shit).
11th Aug - Sperrin Challenge. 55m/75m routes
11th Aug - mourne hilly 125km
31st Aug - St Patricks 100 seems they are back in the game 160km. maybe finn macool route
7th Sept - causeway challenge 180k inc torr head.
15th Sept - tour of strangford 100k portaferry start