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A long-distance cycling event, usually run over a scenic route in a mass-participation format.

Example usage: 'I'm going to take part in a cyclosportive this weekend.'

Most used in: Europe, particularly France, Spain, and Italy.

Most used by: Road cyclists looking for a challenge.

Popularity: 8

Comedy Value: 3

Also see: Gran Fondo, Sportive, Randonnée, Audax,

What is a Cyclosportive?

A Cyclosportive is a mass-participation cycling event similar to a road cycling race, but without the competitive element. Cyclosportives are typically held on a designated course and involve riders completing the route within a certain time limit. Cyclosportives are also known as Gran Fondos or Sportives.

These events are often organized in scenic areas and riders may be required to complete certain climbs or ride a certain distance in order to complete the course. Participants are usually given a timing chip and the results are published online. Cyclosportives are a great way to challenge yourself and test your endurance in a non-competitive environment.

Cyclosportives have become increasingly popular in recent years, with the number of participants increasing every year. In the UK alone, there are now over 500 events annually, with around 20,000 people taking part in the events. Cyclosportives are also popular in other parts of the world, such as Europe and North America.

Cyclosportives are an excellent way to get out and be active while enjoying the scenery of the countryside. They are also a great way to challenge yourself and test your endurance, as well as meeting other like-minded cyclists.


The Rise of the Cyclosportive: A Brief History

The term “cyclosportive” has been used to describe long-distance cycling events since the late 1980s. The term originated in France and was used to refer to an organized, mass-participation cycling event, typically on a course of at least 100km. These cycling events were designed to be a challenge for even experienced riders, with a focus on endurance and physical fitness.

The first cyclosportive events were held in the late 1980s in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The idea quickly spread throughout Europe and beyond, with cyclosportive events now held around the world. In the United States, the term cyclosportive is typically used to refer to events similar to the European events, although the term “gran fondo” is often used instead.

Today, cyclosportives are popular events, attracting riders from all over the world. While the events are often competitive, the focus is on the challenge of completing the course and the camaraderie of the riders. Cyclosportive events are a great way to push yourself as a cyclist and enjoy the beauty of the countryside.

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