Do you want to get out on your bike with a bunch of like-minded people in a beautiful area of the country? Then this is the sportive for you!

“Thanks to all the team for a great Sportive today. The food stop was without a doubt the best I’ve ever come across.”– ‎‎Marc Mounsey‎ 

Cross Border Sportive is perfect for the first timer and experienced cyclist alike. It’s not competitive but will still be challenging. There are three routes; a 30 miler called ‘The Recce’, a 50 miler called ‘The Raid’ and an epic 80 miler called ‘The Invasion’ for the more adventurous! They are all circular routes that start off at the historic Lanercost Priory; and a chance to refuel on each with locally sourced sweet and savoury treats. There is an event photographer, mobile mechanic, free parking and you might be lucky enough to grab yourself one of our spot prizes provided by our lovely supporters. 

“Of the hundreds of sportives I’ve done this was one of the most enjoyable. Lovely routes, very well organised and supported by the organisers. Fantastic feed stations. Can’t fault this event.”– ‎‎James Carey

When and where is it?

Sunday 5 September 2021
Lanercost Priory, Lanercost, Cumbria.

“A big thank you to Oli and the gang for a brilliant sportive today! Sign me up for next year!!.”– ‎‎Chris Sowiak‎

What is a Sportive?

A sportive is a non-competitive bike ride. Cross Border Sportive is not a race and all roads will be open to the public. Cyclists will start in small groups at 10-minute intervals to enable the field to spread out and as you will be “chipped” you’ll know how long it took you.

How will I know which way to go?

Navigating the course is ultimately your responsibility but the route is very well marked and we’ll provide a map with directions. Every turn/junction will have an arrow.

“What a great day. Lovely quiet roads. Well organised and excellent feed station.”- ‎‎Harry Grey‎

What about a bike and equipment?

A road bike is highly recommended but any bike will do – we’d love some tandems and choppers out there although it will take much longer and be much harder work! Bikes must be in a roadworthy condition with special attention to the working order of the brakes. There are some steep climbs during the ride so a suitable gear ratio is advised.

It should go without saying that you should bring spare tubes and tools as well as a mobile phone and some money in case of emergencies. A ‘broom wagon’ will follow the event with some spares; however, you should not rely on this service!

“Great day out. Really enjoyed the ride with my grandson tagging along with me. Well organised and the food at the feed station was the best I have had on any sportive by a country mile”- ‎Alan Holmes‎ ‎

Is there a minimum age?

Yes, you need to be 10 years old to ride the 30 miles route, 12 for the 50 miles and 16 for 80 miles. Riders aged 10 to 15 can enter for free! All young riders (10-15 yrs) must be accompanied by a paying adult. You can find more details in our T&C’s.

Is there a food stop?

Yes, we are renowned for our feed station!! There will be stacks of food and drink to get you on your way.

“Thank you for a great day. Route was lovely. Organisation was fab. Feed station “buffet” was amazeballs!” Jo Falconer‎

What do I do on event day?

Firstly, you need to read the riders briefing which we will post at least a week before the event.  Registration will open from 0730 where you will pick up your number, route card and timing chip. Cyclists will be set off from 0800 (in groups of 10 or so at 5-minute intervals.)