Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Health and Recreation Department

ABC Sportive

Sportive’s are open to all levels of cyclist but ensure you choose an event or distance appropriate to your fitness and experience.
ABC Sportive

ABC Sportive

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35km, 60km & 100km routes available

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Includes BBQ and souvenir buff

Race Information

What is a Sportive

Cycling sportive’s are typically the cousin of a runner’s marathon – they are long distance, mass participation road cycling events and are becoming very popular all over Ireland and in Great Britain.

They are not races, they simply allow cyclists to challenge themselves against the distance and the clock. Sportive’s are open to all levels of cyclist but ensure you choose an event or distance appropriate to your fitness and experience as some are not for the faint hearted!

The event takes cyclist through the old council areas of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) and covers part of the route that the professionals cycled in the Giro D’Italia.

Choose from one of two routes, 60km or 100km and enjoy the meandering country side, pass the wild apple orchards of Armagh and note many historical building along your chosen route. is a

When is the ABC Sportive?

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Event Details

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What is the closing dates for entries?

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What is the entry fee?

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What does my entry fee include?

ABC Sportive – Entry into one of three marshalled routes, route map, food and refreshments for the 35km, 60km and 100km routes, souvenir buff and photo opportunity throughout the course and BBQ at the finish.

What if I can’t make it to the event?

Unfortunately there is no facility for a refund or the transferring of an entry.

Can I change routes after registration?

If you wish to change distance you need to contact the Centre on 02838 342669 or email golfskiwatersports@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk. You may drop down in route distance at sign-in on the day.

Must I sign-in on the day?

Yes. Sign in takes place from 7:30am to 8:30am. Every participant must sign-in prior to starting their chosen cycle-route. At the sign-in you will receive food wristband etc plus the opportunity to enter the free prize draw for superb cycling prizes

Can I register on the day of the event?

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Are there changing facilities?

Facilities are limited at the temporary Watersports Centre within the Civic Centre grounds. Please arrive changed ready to cycle.

What do I need to bring with me?

A hard shell helmet is compulsory for every participant in all events. TT bars will not be permitted in this event.

Don’t forget your bike, spare tube, pump, gear, food and drinks.

There will be refreshments’ and or food stations on the route but it is always safer to bring your own.

Where are the Feeding Stations?

100km route – Tommy Makem Arts and Community Centre, click here for location there will be a there will be sandwich, pasta, hot and cold drinks and fruit.

60km route – Tandragee Recreation Centre, click here for location there will be sandwich, pasta, hot and cold drinks and fruit.

35Km route- Tandragee Recreation Centre, click here for location there will be sandwich, pasta, hot and cold drinks and fruit.

Do I need parental consent?

Yes, if you are under 18 years of age you must have permission from a parent/guardian. All entrants under 18 must get their parent/guardian to sign the relevant parental consent signatory box on the entry form. Online entrants must declare that they have received parental consent and read the terms and conditions applicable.

Do riders under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult?

Yes, all U16 riders must be accompanied and we would recommend the 35K route for those on their first ever Sportive.

What first-aid facilities will be available?

First Aid will be provided on the day by the marshals and fleet bus. In the event of a serious accidents call 999 and report to event orgainisers. There will also be service vehicles (mechanical difficulties) and a broom wagon, so if it all gets too much, transport to the finish will be provided, where possible. If you do get into difficulty please notify event marshals immediately or phone the number on your event wristband issued at the sign in station.

Where is the official finish?

All routes finish back at Craigavon Civic Centre, where there will be a BBQ, refreshments, shower/changing and toilet facilities.

Are bikes available to hire?

Sorry no bikes available for hire.

What are the rules of cycling?

We expect all cyclist to obey the rules of the road. Please become familiar with the rules, and follow them at all times.
In general, cyclists should:
1: Obey all traffic signals and signs, such as traffic lights, one way streets and no right turn signs.
2: Never cycle on the footpath.
3: Ensure that their bicycle is road legal. This includes having appropriate lights whilst cycling during lighting up hours.

This list is in no way definitive or exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the relevant statutory laws.
For information on the Rules of Cycling – High Way Code, check out https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/rules-cyclists-59-82

Routes

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34 km route

65 km route

100 km route

 

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