The Great Weston Ride (GWR) is an annual challenge ride of 56 miles, this year on Sun 17 July. Starting in Bristol, the ride winds through the lanes of Somerset to the seafront in Weston Super Mare.
The event is very well marshalled and effortless to follow, with the route direction being signed or stewarded at all appropriate points.
In the five years of its association with the GWR, over £130,000 has been raised for Prostate Cancer UK.
It would be great to see an enthusiastic turnout from BCyC regulars for this thoroughly enjoyable, well organised and satisfying ride through some truly scenic countryside. Just sign up online or by post. Details are available via the official website http://www.greatwestonride.com/enter-here
The day starts with the official sign-in at the Long Ashton car park. Riders first go through Barrow Gurney and Winford before a gradual descent to the beautiful Chew Valley Lake. After trailing the northern edge of the Mendip Hills the ride climbs Burrington Combe to the first refreshment point. Suitably replenished you then work your way up to the Mendip plateau and the charms of Priddy village. After a dramatic descent to the Somerset Levels the ride passes through picturesque villages before reaching the coastal section of the trail.
The ride finally takes you through the traditional seaside resort of Burnham before the countdown finale section on the run in to Weston seafront. The ride finish line presents you with a cheering crowd of supporters where your hard earned efforts are recognised with a medal memento of the day. Then the hungry rider is invited to the outdoor kitchen for some well-deserved food.
The organisers provide an ‘optional extra’ shuttle bus return to Bristol if you don’t wish to use the train, or use other alternative means.