We're Back & Raring To Go!
We're delighted to say that the Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride is returning on Sunday 13th June 2021 after the event was cancelled last year (along with so many others!) due to the coronavirus restrictions that were in place at the time.
So this will now be the second outing for this fabulous challenge ride - and this year we're very confident that it WILL be happening! :)
We say that having successfully delivered two very safe COVID-secure cycling events in 2020, and the knowledge gained from those experiences will stand us in good stead going forward and will inform & underpin preparations for the 2021 Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride.
Obviously the short-term outlook nationwide is still pretty bleak and currently we all find ourselves subject to significant restrictions once again, however we firmly believe that the prospects from the various vaccine options DO provide genuine grounds for hope and optimism, and the consensus among experts seems to be that we should see a material change for the better from Easter onwards.
This means that we fully expect the Ride to be able to take place in a COVID-secure fashion as scheduled in June and we're planning on that basis.
The Ride will form part of the National Trust's revised 'Top of the Gorge Activity Weekend' this year, along with the established running and mountain biking events that also take place as part of the Trust's overall 'Top of the Gorge' concept.
Notwithstanding the current situation, the National Trust team and its local partners are still very keen to promote the Mendip Hills AONB as a wonderful area to explore and to be active in, and the range of outdoor challenge events that normally would form part of the traditional festival weekend - including the Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride - are very much central to that.
Inevitably there is considerable uncertainty with regards to some other aspects of the wider festival idea as a whole, to the extent that current expectations are that it probably won't be feasible for it to proceed in its "normal" format. Therefore the plan at this stage is to focus efforts instead on offering the activity features of the programme.
So while it seems unlikely that camping and other 'socialising' elements will be possible again this year, there's a real determination to keep the Top of the Gorge spirit alive by ensuring that at least the challenge activities go ahead and provide what is likely to be some much-needed fun and enjoyment.
And that's certainly what we intend to do - we already have initial COVID-secure plans in place and, while these mean that there will be a cap on the number of entries (there are around 200 places available), we're also actively looking at options to maybe add a bit more 'spice' to the event and broaden its level of challenge to ensure that it has plenty to offer for everyone taking part.
More news will follow in due course regarding the new elements of the Ride and we will, of course, continue to monitor coronavirus developments and the relevant official guidance & instructions in the coming weeks & months and, where necessary, we will adjust our plans in response and will advise further as required.
But the bottom line is that the Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride WILL be a great day out, and our aim is to make it an excellent way to get the Summer started! :)
Please feel free to let us know if you have any queries regarding any of this, and do sign up as soon as you can to secure your place for the return of the Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride.
And in the meantime please stay safe, follow the official guidance, and remain as positive as you can while we get through this latest difficult period.
Don't forget our motto - Rise to the Challenge! :)