Please read below for details of arrangements on the day of the Ride
Mechanical, medical, and recovery services will all be available during the Ride, should riders need them. All services will be provided as quickly as possible if/when needed, but riders are asked to understand that there may be a wait involved while vehicles are despatched to their location.
There will also be an official refreshment stop and clearly-visible directional signage along the route.
Riders are welcome to arrive at Warren Farm from 7.15am onwards to get ready for the Ride. It is advisable to arrive 20-30 minutes before your preferred departure time, and the first riders will set off at 8am.
Toilet facilities will be available at the start area along with a unit selling teas & coffees, and mechanical support will also be on hand for any last-minute checks or adjustments prior to departure (although all riders are required to ensure that their bike is roadworthy in advance of the Ride).
On arrival at the start area riders will simply need to turn up at the Registration desk to check in; collect their rider number and energy bar; attach the rider number to the front of their bike; and then make their way to the start. No need to bring any paperwork!
Part of the idea is to enable riders to complete the challenge with plenty of time left in the day to enjoy the main festival, therefore to facilitate this the latest time for departure is 8.30am - so riders should aim to arrive on site in good time and in any case no later than 8am.
The route will be clearly marked with visible directional arrows. YELLOW signs with a large black arrow will indicate the route, and the signs will carry the Great Weston Ride logo.
Riders are advised that there may be some quite long stretches on the route and they should not be alarmed if they don't see a sign for a while. The golden rule is to stay on the road you're on until/unless you see a sign indicating otherwise.
And the printed logo on the sign should help to identify if any sign has been tampered with - the logo at all times should be normally legible, ie. reading horizontally from left to right (not vertical or upside down).
There will be a fully-equipped mobile mechanical support service operating on the route to assist riders with minor repairs and adjustments etc and, where appropriate, to supply and fit replacement parts. The mechanic will attend riders on any part of the route, as required. Riders simply need to ring the event control number provided on the day and assistance will be despatched.
There will be a fully-equipped mobile medical support service in operation throughout the route, and this service will be capable of assisting with First Aid requirements and more serious medical situations. Riders simply need to ring the event control number provided on the day and assistance will be despatched.
A 'broom wagon' service will be in operation, and this service will be able to assist any rider(s) that is/are unable to complete the Ride due to any unforeseen or unavoidable reasons. Riders simply need to ring the event control number provided on the day and assistance will be despatched as quickly as possible. However, wherever possible (and in particular if riders simply choose to abandon the Ride) riders are politely requested to seek recovery from friends or family to enable the broom wagon to remain on the route and available for unavoidable situations as much as possible.
There will be an official designated refreshment stop at Bishop Sutton Village Hall, after approximately 22 miles. Please note that this is not a traditional 'feed station' but water and toilet facilities will be available. Riders will also be able to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee if they want one, and energy bars will also be freely available. Free energy bars will be given out at the Ride start but riders are encouraged to stop at the refreshment stop to top up water bottles and to re-fuel if required.
Obviously, there are a number of other places (shops and pubs etc) en route where riders may also choose to stop to rest and/or to replenish supplies, and there will also be food & drink facilities available at the festival once riders have completed the challenge.
Any problems whatsoever, please contact the Organisers via the Event Control number provided. And remember it's not a race - so please feel free to go at your own pace and enjoy the route and the sights it has to offer.
After completing the Ride, all riders will be presented with a 2019 Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride medal AND a token for free hot food from within the main festival site. Riders will also receive a FREE bottle of beer courtesy of Butcombe Brewery to toast their achievement in completing the challenge.
Family/friends/supporters etc who are accompanying or meeting riders are also more than welcome to access the festival site as Ride Spectators to purchase food and drink, or they can upgrade to a Day Ticket (fee payable on the gate) which will give them full access to all the festival activities for the day.
Riders are advised to drive to the main festival site (about three-quarters of a mile) after completing the Ride, and they will then be able to use the festival site showers if they wish. Showing the rider medal at the main site gate will secure a free day pass for riders, and the food token can be exchanged for free food from the Cowshed BBQ.
Rider Support Number - if you need to contact us FOR ANY REASON please phone 07956 858851 and, where necessary, appropriate assistance will be despatched. This number will be displayed on the front of the rider numbers that are distributed at registration on the day, but riders should also enter this number into their phones in advance.
And please note that a minor change has been made to the actual route so anyone who wishes to download the route (or who has already done so prior to Wednesday 12th June 2019) should download the latest (final) version that is now available on our Route Details page.
Finally, riders are also advised to read the Conditions of Entry below ahead of the Ride: