Tours

Tailor made European Sportive trips to the world’s best events!

We arrange every detail of your trip for you including your event entry, expert advice and guided rides, so all you have to do is enjoy riding your bike in top events at superb locations. What could be better?

• The team includes one of the UK’s most experienced continental sportive riders;
• Your hosts have massive long distance and endurance event experience, which we use to ensure you get the best advice prior to your event and receive the most detailed pre race details to get you ready and on track for your Tour;
• We have unique relationships with our event promoters which allows us unprecedented route details which we use to prepare your bespoke rider pack – we even complete the event entry process for you to save your time;
• You can relax and focus on your sportive – we take care of everything;
• Guidance on what you need to take for the trip and on race day. We can also help arrange your bike insurance for the Tour;
• Advice on how to ride a particular sportive – we’ll ensure you know the full details, are fully prepared and ready to go on race day;
• We provide expert coaching & tuition on the road before your sportive;
• We select the very best European events in the most spectacular terrain,run by the most professional promoters (avoiding the crowded roads and crashes of l’Etape and La Marmotte);
• We’re always available to help and offer advice in the run up to the event;
• Team and Club kit;
• We cater for both the seasoned, experienced and novice European sportive cyclists and carry tools to deal with most repairs (assuming your bike is in good order before the trip) in the team cars plus consumables such as tubes, cables, gas cyclinders, tyres and even a spare set of wheels.

A Typical Tour

• We use our own team car(s) on a car-share basis;
• Guided rides by experienced Ride Captains catering for different abilities;
• We will include at least one additional guided ride in a stunning location, perhaps an iconic climb or route if possible, on the journey to the event;
• Guided ride on arrival at the location – bit of a ‘shake-down’;
• Briefing and introduction to the sportive route, start, finish and key points by an experienced host;
• Race day;
• Recovery ride after race day;
• The journey from the event will include at least one additional guided ride in a stunning location, perhaps an iconic climb or route if possible;

Your host:

Andrew Thompson, founder of Hammer Sport, is one of the UK’s most experienced Continental Sportive cyclists. He started racing in 1983 at the age of 13 and has competed all over the UK and Europe, both on and off-road, winning numerous races. He set a world record in 1986 when he became the youngest person in the world to complete a 1,000 km event at the age of 16. He has also represented Great Britain, competing in the UCI Masters World Championships for both the road race and time trial. His main focus is now ‘ultra’ distance racing in the European mountains.  His detailed knowledge of routes and events, continental sportives, coaching, bike setup, etc. is unrivalled in the UK.

Included in your tour

• A detailed rider pack including everything you need to know about the sportive;
• An assured entry managed by Hammer Sport;
• Hammer Sport Club Membership (First or second claim) to the UK’s Premier Continental  Sportive Team and Club with the option to upgrade to Gold or Platinum with personalised training plans to help you hit your goals;
• Fantastic team ethos and atmosphere;
• A bike fit;
• Help and guidance with preparation and access to dedicated generic training and a specific coach for the event (bespoke, individual training plans can also be written for you and managed by Hammer Sports via enhanced Gold or Platinum club membership, subject to the enhanced membership fee);

Contact andrew.thompson@hammersport / 07801930443 for full details and to book your place