Recently completed our local Evans Cycling Sportive, 35 miles out on the road with hundreds of other cycling enthusiasts, or at least people on bikes. A lot of us were using Strava or other similar devices to measure and track our performance.
A bit different to those who enter virtual races where the registration takes place online and you do the performance in your own time. The good news is that these things encourage certain runners and cyclists, as well as rewarding them with badges and T shirts – although its not really “been there and done it” is it!! – and many are for charity.
On the down side they’re just plain stupid, you’re not really doing the same distance in the same place, in the same conditions, at the same time, so really its just meaningless.
Almost the opposite was one of our cyclists who decided they couldn’t be bothered to register – fair enough there was a queue- and just went on the ride and finished the ride without getting an official time. Well it takes all sorts! At least they get to enjoy the main features of a sportive, cycling with loads of similar people and eating cake!. Wherever you are, whatever you do, happy pedalling.