Sportives have played a huge part in my cycling over the years, from the insanely busy L’Ètape du Tours to the local events like the Polkadot Challenge (‘Spud’ Riley Memorial) or my own White Rose Classic. Firstly I competed in them (competing to gain the fastest time around the course) and later as both a photographer and an organiser. I think up until I did the Transcontinental Race, they were without doubt my favourite aspect of cycling and rightfully have become immensely popular with many riders, old and new.