Update: 2020 Event CANCELLED
Firstly, we hope you're well and staying safe as we all continue to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
And secondly, in light of the current situation and its ongoing effect, it's with great reluctance that we have to announce that we've now taken the decision to CANCEL this year's Mendips Lakes & Lumps Ride.
This decision only comes after carefully exploring numerous options in order to try to deliver a safe and enjoyable cycling experience, as we desperately wanted to find a way to re-arrange and provide a meaningful event if we possibly could.
However, we've come to the conclusion that the only realistic option available to us would be to run the event as an entirely standalone challenge and, while we think it's a fabulous route in its own right, we're very mindful of the fact that many people signed up at least in part because it was also linked to the bigger outdoor Top of the Gorge festival and included access to that event & its plethora of activities.
Obviously the National Trust had no option but to cancel the festival and all things associated with it and, since then, we've been trying to put something together in conjunction with the organisers of the festival's running and MTB challenges to replicate at least some of the overall feel & atmosphere of the day.
Unfortunately, various circumstances and other commitments, together with the knock-on effects of the measures designed to contain the virus, have ultimately meant that we're unable to find a suitable date that works for all.
Therefore, rather than delay any further and with everyone's safety & enjoyment foremost in our minds, we've concluded that the most pragmatic thing to do is to cancel this year's event and start to focus on 2021 instead, when the event will most definitely be back.
This reluctant decision does have fairly significant financial implications for us owing to costs that have already been incurred and are unrecoverable, however we don't want any participants to be out of pocket and so our proposal is to automatically carry all of this year's entries forward to the 2021 event (the date isn't officially confirmed as yet, but it is highly likely to be Sunday 13th June 2021).
We haven't taken this decision to cancel lightly and we're very disappointed about it to say the least but, on balance, it feels like the right thing to do rather than try to put on what would look & feel like a very different event compared with what people signed up for.
We hope that participants will understand and agree with our rationale, and we also hope that the remedial options that we have provided here are acceptable to everyone.
Further information will be provided about arrangements for the 2021 Mendips Lakes & Lumps Ride in due course, and we're now very much looking forward to the opportunity for a great challenge and a great day out in Summer 2021 instead.
In the meantime, please continue to stay safe and hopefully we'll be past this thing and getting back to normal before we know it.
Very best wishes.
We've been working on a new rider medal design for 2020 and we're now pleased to reveal that a rather fab-looking bespoke medal will be waiting at the finish for everyone who completes the 2020 Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride :)
It's designed to clearly convey the 'lakes & lumps' message and, given that the Ride offers a spectacular & challenging route, the medal will also serve as a permanent reminder of a great achievement AND a great day out.
The route itself isn't overly long (deliberately so, to allow time afterwards for everyone to enjoy a few hours at the outdoor festival too), however a good chunk of the climbing comes in the latter stages so it's definitely a good test and you WILL know that you've well & truly earned your medal when you cross the finish line.
All you need to do to get your hands on one of these is to make sure that you (& maybe a few pals?) get signed up for the Ride (enter below if you haven't done so yet), then get some training in beforehand if you can (the more you can do the easier it will feel), and thereafter it's just a case of going out and enjoying the challenge on the day!
And once you've finished the Ride your medal is also your passport to the main Festival site - simply show it at the entrance and you will be given FREE entry to the site to enjoy the afternoon's activities.
Riders will also be given a token at the finish that can be exchanged for free food within the main site, and showers will be available if required too - all part of the Ride entry, and more good reasons to make a full day of it!
So please do come and join us if you haven't entered already and bring as many friends, colleagues, family, etc with you as you can - and don't forget that there's plenty for non-cyclists to see & do at the festival while you're out earning your medal, so the whole family is welcome and very well catered-for!
So sign up NOW and make sure one of these medals has got YOUR name on it!