When: 12 Jul 2020
Cost: £35.00 Adult
Ticket notes: See website for details
Opening hours: 7:30am-4:30pm
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Event Venue: Strode College Sport Centre, Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AB
Sportives don't get much more stunning than this ride through the Mendips Hills. Consistently voted as one of the best locations for cycling in the UK, the route dips into Cheddar Gorge which possesses a beauty, and a climb, that will take your breath away.
Starting just outside Glastonbury, this route takes you through spectacular Somerset, first heading north through a series of sheltered back lanes across the River Axe. The Mendips sportive starts completely flat and stays that way for much of the ride, but there are a handful of major climbs thrown in for good measure – what else would you expect in a land littered with so many beautiful gorges?
Your first test will come around 15 miles in, and the small village of Wells as a passing point to flag the climb’s start. You’ll take in just under 850ft of ascending in a short space of time – there’s no hiding the fact that this is steep. The views are worth it, though, and once you’ve reached the top you can afford to sit back and roll through the next few miles, taking in the incredible natural scenery as you go.
The next test won’t come for a while yet, as the route feeds through a series of secluded Somerset villages. Eventually, you’ll pass through Coley, which is the final flat point before the next climb, which will take you higher than the last major one but doesn’t take as much input, as you’ll have started from a hill-top position.
Soon enough, it’s time to take in Cheddar Gorge in all its glory – but will mean another major climb! Make sure you've fuelled up before you pedal your way up the winding roads to the top. As you pass through the gorge, try and take a look around as not to miss the impressive scenery towering over you. It's really rather spectacular! Once you’ve taken on Cheddar Gorge, it’s plain sailing back to ride HQ.
While the Mendips Sportive can be considered tough - the Standard route has some great climbs to tackle, including Cheddar Gorge - those with elevation phobia can always opt for our Short route. It might not take you through Cheddar but it is still equally beautiful and rewarding.
Strode College Sport Centre
Chruch Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AB
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