Event Reviews

Chris – 2019 Lake District 108

The most beautiful scenery you’ll ever experience on a sportive in England and friendly and well organised too. I’ve booked them all for 2019

Lindsay – 2019 Lake District 108

Just finished the Lakeland 100 and I must say it’s a great event. Thanks to Top Dog for excellent signage, wonderful friendly staff and helpers, fantastic route, great weather and a very well resourced base. I can fully recommend this event and the folks at “top dog”. I’ll be back next year and I hope the event grows as it deserves it.

Mark – 2019 Yorkshire Dales Sportive

Thank you to all the team @ top dog the Yorkshire dales sportive today was awesome with amazing views 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️

Chris – 2019 Yorkshire Dales Sportive

Fantastic day on the bike at the Yorkshire Dales sportive yesterday, thanks Top Dog for putting it on. Spectacular route through some stunning scenery with some tough climbs and speedy descents 👍 Well organised, easy to follow well marked route, even the public toilets on route were sign posted😁 Feed stations on route to to up drinks bottles and get some fuel back into the muscles, thanks for the maltesers and mars bars🤣🤣 Really looking forward to your next one in a couple of months and I highly recommend it to any cyclist in the North West 

Steph – 2019 Yorkshire Dales Sportive

Hi there. Just wanted to say thank you for a fun and outstandingly well organised event. The route was lovely….Well apart from that hill near the second food stop and….the route guidance was the best I think I’ve experienced in an event of this type. Really easy to follow and the effort that had gone into getting out that many could be seen and appreciated. The stops were great with just the right stuff. Using 315 was great too….as easy parking and facilities. I’m a member but sitting in the hydrotherapy pool and a nice shower was lovely.

I shall certainly but looking at taking part again in your events and spreading the word.

Feedback from paper forms – 2019 Yorkshire Dales Sportive

“very good, loved every minute” – Graham

“great route, great day, really friendly team” – M Hughes

“well organised and brilliant route” – Kevin

“lovely ride – picturesque + well signposted”  – Paul

“All good – impressed with signage – pretty much faultless” – Alan

“very well organised, route well signed, great cycling route – would definitely recommend” – Joanne

“brilliant event with really friendly organisers. Just maybe lay off the hills in the last 10 miles !” – James

“excellent event, great route” – annon

Matthew – Yorkshire Dales Sportive – 28 April 2019

As ever, I find myself having to get in touch after one of your events to congratulate you on yet another stunning day out..  The routes that you choose for your rides are unbelievable.  They are testing routes but the pain is secondary to the views.  Just lovely.

I ride 20+ sportives a year and the organisation and friendliness of all your staff at the feed stops and HQ stand out as being the best I have experienced at any event I have done.  One thing at your events that is not only slightly better, but WAY better than the rest is the signage.  Not once did I even have to think about whether I was on the correct route or not due to the large number of directional arrows and more importantly, the confirmation arrows on a regular basis.

You hand out feedback forms at the end of the ride asking how the rides could be improved.  I thought long and hard, but had to leave that section blank.  I couldn’t think of one thing to improve them.

Hope to see you all again soon.


Philip – Yorkshire Dales Sportive – 28 April 2019

Hi there,

I just wanted to drop a quick email to say a big thanks for the organisation of making yesterday’s event a success. I’m struggling a wee bit to walk today but thought I’d just drop a couple of things that I found:

  • The signposting was absolutely superb – it was really clear and especially looking for the second marker after any turns really helped
  • The route wasn’t particularly forgiving to start with!!! The first 25 miles were among the toughest road cycling I think I’ve ever done & it just seemed a relentless slog up those blinking hills!
  • The second 20 miles (essentially after turning left off the moors) up until Sedbergh was a phenomenal ride & I thoroughly enjoyed and needed the chance to catch my breath!!! (though not so much the last hill before the second station…)
  • The chance to have a break at 3-1-5 was really appreciated as well & the staff were very friendly 🙂
More than happy to give any more feedback if you’d like & would definitely be interested in taking part in future events
Thanks again for all the hard work that goes into making this a success
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by Susie on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Top Dog Yorkshire Dales 100 Sportive

Another fantastic Sportive organised by Top Dog!
Riding through breathtakingly beautiful scenery on a well planned and sign-posted route.

Great feed stations. Fab start/finish venue. Massage was wonderful and the swim and sauna just topped it off. A grand day out!

by Graham Barlow on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Yorkshire Dales 60 April 2019

Fantastic route largely traffic free. Feeds stops good enough for a 60+ miler plus to be honest stopped you getting too comfy and eating too much; a quick 5 minute refuel, stretch and off. 3-1-5 health club was a great start point with ample parking and great shower facilities. Will be booking on the other two 60 milers for sure.

by Kevin Mather on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Yorkshire Dales 60 ish miler

What a day. Well organised event the route was absolutely brilliant. Well thought out and signed. Many many thanks to organisers and volunteers. Brilliant brilliant event and will be back soon.

by Pete on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Yorkshire Dales 68

This was a Fantastic scenic route..parts of it were so quiet it was almost like riding a closed road sportive ! The organisation was very smooth, great to have a proper car park, toilets, and be able to get a shower in the Leisure centre - and for there to be a pub across the way for a well deserved pint after. The only reason it's not 5 stars - and please take this as constructive criticism - is that food stops were a bit frugal and basic in comparison to other Sportives I've ridden. A couple of tubs Energy powder and maybe a sarnie or sausage roll or something else savoury being available would make it perfect. Well done, will look to do more of your events in the future and I will be recommending Top Dog events to my friends.

by Robin Bartlett on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Yorkshire Dales Sportive

Great day out.Route was great.Marshals where great and course signage was great.
Will be recommending to my friends.
Will join another one of your events.
Thanks for a great day out.😊

by Phil on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Leighton Hall

Posted on Top Dog Events Facebook on 30 Sept 18 - copied onto review page by Chris 28 Dec 18.
"Great first try a trail event, fab course, friendly organisation and great location.
Todays course was scenic and interesting whilst challenging.
All abilities catered for - we will be returning for next years series"

by Iain & Andy on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Yorkshire Dales 100 miler

Thanks for the event at the weekend!!!
Superb course, nice food and great idea to have access to a shower etc at the end!
Good luck with the rest of the ventures!

by Jack Baxter on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Yorkshire 100 miler

Amazing day! The route was great, I live quite locally, some of the roads were a first for me. 🙂 Epic route. All the marshalls were great and the food was good! Chris the organiser could not do anymore to help you and make sure you had a good ride. The package of the ride then the gym is genius! Thanks for a great day!

by Alister Dunlop on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Yorkshire Dales 100

Great ride, challenging but achievable through some cracking countryside. Thanks to the organisers and the very friendly support staff. One of the best.

by Richard on Cycling and running adventures in North West England
Event Name : Yorkshire Dales 100

Outstanding !!

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