Alan and Alison Brenton

Alan founded Sportive Lakes, with his partner Alison late in 2013 having been inspired by the L’Eroica vintage cycling festival in Italy:
‘L’Eroica is a truly magical event which is really significant in the life of the host town Gaiole. We immediately saw the potential for a Lake District version, which could showcase our wonderful town and area in a similar way.’

Á L’ancienne (in the old way) was launched as a test event in 2014, it was small but very well received. ‘We knew from the start that it would take a while to grow the event; we don’t have a big sponsor or a huge marketing budget. We also wanted to grow it into more of a festival, so, when we talked to Dave Wood at Ulverston Live Music and Rachel Martin from Vintage Village Hall, we were delighted to discover that they were as excited as we were. Then along came Sophie Bennet with her web and design skills and we were on a roll!

Sportive Lakes also run Lo Scorpione, a tough ride in May and Ladies of the Lake women only cycling in September, all under the banner ‘Great rides, great places, great people, great days’! ‘We specialise in fun, friendly, non-competitive rides…with lots of cake’!

Alan and Alison have three children and live in Ulverston, where Alan is a Management Consultant and Alison an Occupational Therapist.

Contact Alan and Alison at for details of the cycling events.