What can we tell you?
Well, Cross Border Sportive was started by a couple of southerners – Oli and Alice – who found themselves living in the north where they discovered the joys of cycling through the Cumbrian countryside.
You know what its like though, you want to get out and about but life gets in the way. So they thought, why don’t we enter a Sportive to give us the fear, and get us out on our bikes so that we wouldn’t be wheeled home covered in a tinfoil blanket.
After some furious googling, they couldn’t find anything nearby. Can you believe that? No, they couldn’t either, so that is how Cross Border Sportive was born….way back in 2014. And there has been an event in September each year since, run by Oli and Alice with lots of help from friends and family.
Then Alice moved to Guernsey. Shocker!!! Luckily their mate James stepped in and Cross Border Sportive entered a new era.
So it’s basically a couple of mates (and their mates) who like cycling, running an event while juggling jobs, and young families. Its only for fun, for people like us. We’re not athletes, it’s not competitive, and you certainly don’t need to be Bradley Wiggins. Also, let’s face it, it’s about trying to get a bit fit, so we can we can enjoy a few more beers and eating a couple more slices of cake ….which is why our feed station is a bit like a kings banquet…
That’s us. We’re a small team and we’re still having fun…..5 years after running our first event!
Oli and James (and Alice when not on the rock)