This Tour is different. The Tour de Boland is not stage race. It is a multi-day cyclosportive.
A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event, typically held annually. The Italian term Gran Fondo is commonly used to describe this event.
Growing in popularity
Sportives have become a firm fixture on the worldwide cycling calendar in recent years, offering both seasoned racers and newcomers to the sport a challenge that can be as gruelling or straighforward as they wish.
What about the numbers?
The Tour de Boland puts a cap on the numbers. We don’t do mass-participation. Our total group will consist of no more than 100 individuals. This may be anywhere between 50 riders with their partners/spouses, or 100 riders without any partners. The ceiling we use is for your benefit and enjoyment. Smaller groups mean more personal attention.
All shapes and sizes?
Sportives appeal to riders of any experience or fitness level. Some riders will be looking for an element of competition, perhaps by signing up with a bunch of mates for a burn up, or trying to be in the first or fastest group to finish. Others, who might find road racing a little strenuous or elitist, can ride at a steadier pace and still enjoy the benefits of a ride with marked directions, feed stops and mechanical support.