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Challenge yourself to ride a Sportive

Sportives are organised road cycling events, which encourage you and other riders of all levels, to get out and ride. The events are ridden on a supported course, with feed stations and route marking.

Each event offers you a variety of course lengths and difficulty levels, allowing you to choose a challenge that suits your level of fitness and ability. View our Wiggle Sportive Calendar here. 

To ensure that you don't forget anything essential ahead of your big ride, here is our Sportive Checklist.

 

The Wiggle Sportive Checklist

  1. Road Bike (in good working order)
  2. Helmet
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Cycle Jersey and Shorts
  5. Base Layer
  6. Waterproof Packable Jacket
  7. Leg Warmers and Arm Warmers
  8. Cycling Cap
  9. Cycling Shoes
  10. Cycling Gloves
  11. Handpump
  12. Spare Inner Tube, Puncture Repair Kit and Tyre Levers
  13. Multi-Tool
  14. Water Bottles
  15. Sports Nutrition

To learn more about the products in our Wiggle Sportive Checklist, read more about the categories, below.

Good luck with your ride – see you at the finish line!

 

Road Bike -  in good working condition

A road bike will provide you with the fastest, more comfortable bike to ride on a road cycling sportive event.

It is essential to make sure your bike is in good working order.

Check out our 'How to Prepare Your Bike for a Sportive' Guide for more insights.

 

Cycling Helmet

Road cycling helmets are compulsory for sportive events, and it should be the very first item to tick off on your sportive essentials checklist.

Modern helmets are designed to draw the air across the head when you are travelling at speed; keeping you cool and comfortable.

The best helmet is the one that fits you the best, so measuring your head circumference before purchase is recommended. 

Most modern helmets have great retention cradle systems which allow you to tailor a fit to your head size, often with just a one handed adjustment of a dial.

Check out our range of Road Cycling Helmets at Wiggle

 

Cycling Sunglasses

Wearing a pair of cycle specific sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun, wind, rain, and any debris that may come up from the road.

Sunglasses should give you clarity of vision while riding; you can choose clear lenses in the rain, or coloured lenses for sunny conditions.

Another important factor is stability; your glasses will need to stay in place as you ride, so it's important that you select a pair that have a comfortable and secure fit.

View our range of Cycling Specific Sunglasses at Wiggle

 

Cycling Jersey and Shorts

Cycling jerseys use a wicking fabric to keep you dry and comfortable. They also normally feature three rear pockets to store jackets, gilets, food, tools and tubes.

When choosing a jersey, having a 3/4 or full zip will allow you to ventilate yourself; whether it's on a long climb or if you're getting hot through effort or climatic conditions.

The more you spend on a jersey the better the fabric and construction is, be it from a wicking perspective, longevity or the quality of construction which goes right down to the stitching.

Cycling shorts feature a padded seat area, which helps to relieve pressure on your seat bones, and keep you comfortable. The tight Lycra material used in cycling shorts avoids annoying flapping and chafing.

View our range of Cycle Clothing at Wiggle

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Cycling Base Layer

Base layers for cycling are an often under-rated item; but they are essential to your riding comfort.

A good base layer will keep you warm and dry in winter, and cool and dry in summer.

Read our Base Layer Buying Guide to find out more

 

Cycling Waterproof Jacket

It is always a good plan to be ready for possible wet weather, by taking a waterproof cycle jacket.

Modern cycling waterproofs are breathable, lightweight and durable; so you can be kept comfortable and dry whatever the season.

View our range of Cycling Waterproof Jackets at Wiggle

 

Leg Warmers and Arm Warmers

Leg warmers and arm warmers are a compact but often invaluable asset. You can add significant warmth to your short sleeved jersey and shorts combination, by adding in some warmers.

View our range of Arm Warmers and Leg Warmers at Wiggle

 

Cycling Cap

Keep the wind and rain off your head, and the sweat out of your eyes, with a simple cotton cycling cap. Great for stuffing in your kit bag, ready for changeable weather.

View our range of Cycling Headwear at Wiggle

 

Cycling Shoes

Don't forget your riding shoes!

Proper cycling shoes will make your ride a lot more comfortable; aiding power transfer, foot positioning and reducing the chance of injury.

Learn more about cycling shoes in our Cycle Shoes Buying Guide

View our range of Cycling Shoes at Wiggle

 

Cycling Gloves

In the winter a pair of cycling gloves will keep your hands warm. In the summer, they'll help to provide grip and cushioning for your palms.

Cycling gloves are a great accessory to have, and well worth adding to your sportive kit.

View our range of Cycling Gloves at Wiggle

 

Handpump and Multitool

A portable handpump will help you inflate your tyres when they aren't up to pressure, or to inflate a new tube after repairing a puncture.

A multi-tool will allow you to tighten loose bolts, and if you have one with a chain-tool, you can fix a broken chain.

View our range of Pumps and our range of Multi-Tools at Wiggle

 

 

Spare Inner Tube, Puncture Repair Kit and Tyre Levers

We recommend that you take 2 spare inner tubes on a sportive, just in case you puncture twice. We also recommend that you take a patch-kit, so you can repair the tube if you puncture a third time or more.

To get your tyre off the rim, you'll need a set of good quality strong tyre levers.

To learn what inner tube size you need, take a look at our Inner Tube Buying Guide.

View our range of Inner Tubes and our range of Puncture Repair Equipment

 

Water Bottles

Don't forget to take your water bottles. You should be able to fill these up at the feed stations along route, but we recommend taking two 750ml water bottles at least.

View our range of Water Bottles at Wiggle

 

Sports Nutrition

Finally, if you want to get the most out of any Sportive, then it is essential to have a basic understanding of nutrition products. (Read our Nutrition Buying Guide here)

Making sure that your body is properly fuelled before and during an event, is key to maintaining your form and performance.

Your event will most likely have feed stations along the route, but you should still take some energy drinks, energy gels and energy bars in your jersey pocket, to help fuel you between stops.

View our Sports Nutrition Range at Wiggle

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