Although, for some, it may seem like as soon as a number is zip-tied to your bike or a timing chip strapped to your ankle then the race is on, don’t forget that a sportive is a personal challenge that should be enjoyed by everyone on the day.
It’s unlikely that you will make many friends if you continually try to up the pace in the group or start making subtle flicks of the elbow to signal that it’s time to come through and do your turn on the front.
Likewise it’s easy to get caught up in the action only to find that a fulfilling 100 miler turns into a smash-fest like the closing moments of a grand tour stage.
Remind yourself that this is your ride and that you’re in control of it at all times. Unless you are very lucky it’s likely that the road will not be closed.
Which means you’ll have to share it with other users. Red lights mean stop and you should always be on the correct side of the road, just as the highway code intended.
Pay attention to your surroundings and never forget why you’re there in the first place – to enjoy the day, get the most from yourself, make some new friends and above all get some happy miles in.
I hope these tips help you make the most of your next sportive. If anyone needs some more help, feel free to contact me @cottydale on Twitter.