2022 Route Update & NEW Optional Section
We're well into our route planning work for 2022 and we're pleased to reveal that, this year, we're going to include an extra OPTIONAL section for the very first time on the Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride!
The main (standard) route will almost certainly remain the same as in previous years (subject to final confirmation nearer the time), while this new additional section - which, again, we must stress is entirely optional - would add approximately 5 miles in distance for anyone who chooses to take it on.
However, we want to make it absolutely clear that the extra section consists of a very challenging descent AND climb - specifically, an extremely steep and fast one-mile descent (the steepest in the Mendips) followed shortly after by a very challenging & steep 2-mile climb.
So, while it definitely adds to our 'Lumps' collection, it's most certainly not suitable for everybody and we would strongly recommend that only very experienced riders should consider tackling it.
And, of course, we will only include this option on the day itself if we're fully satisfied that overall conditions are favourable, given the level of challenge it presents.
So the standard route will still present more than enough challenge for most people and we expect the vast majority of riders to continue with this, but the Route Details page on our website has been updated to also include information and a separate link for the route INCLUDING the extra section.
As usual, the main (standard) route will be clearly marked on the day with our YELLOW & BLACK direction arrows bearing the Great Weston Ride logo, and riders will easily be able to follow these.
And the optional section will be easily identifiable and distinguishable as it will be marked by its own BLUE & BLACK direction arrows (also bearing the Great Weston Ride logo), and riders should ONLY follow the blue signs if they wish to take on the extra section (otherwise they should just continue with the Yellow signs).
Notwithstanding the above, obviously we reserve the right to amend the route as a whole if we anticipate or become aware of any unfavourable conditions that might adversely impact safety and enjoyment on the day, but hopefully that won't be the case and final route confirmation will follow at the start of June.
And just don't forget - nobody is OBLIGED to do the extra blue section!
2022 Rider Medal
We've finalised our rider medal design for 2022 and we're pleased to say that a rather fab-looking bespoke medal will be waiting at the finish for everyone who completes the 2022 Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride :)
Although the colours are different, the general design is actually in keeping with our Great Weston Ride and Great Exmoor Ride medals this year so anyone who's doing ALL THREE events (and there are already quite a few people who tick that box!) will have something of a matching set.
And of course, given that the Ride offers a spectacular & challenging route, the medal should also serve as a permanent reminder of a great achievement AND a great day out.
Hopefully everyone is aware that the route itself isn't overly long so it's a good way to start the Summer, however it's also worth noting that 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 get signed up for the Ride via our Online Entry page, then get some training in over the coming weeks if you can (the more you can do the easier it will feel!).
Thereafter it's just a case of going out and enjoying the challenge on the day, 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.
So sign up NOW and make sure one of these medals has got YOUR name on it!
Camping at the Top of the Gorge
We're absolutely delighted to be able to say that, for 2022, there will be a 'no-frills' camping option available to everyone who's taking part in any of the challenges that form part of this year's 'Top of the Gorge Activity Weekend'.
The onsite camping is an optional extra that's exclusively for people taking part in at least ONE of the Top of the Gorge activities (which includes the Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride), and it's open to people staying in tents or in campervans - click on the image below for further details and to book your pitch.
With all the various running and cycling challenges definitely coming back again this year there's plenty going on over the weekend for active, outdoorsy people who like a challenge (or two!), and so it's great to be able to offer a cheap & cheerful camping option that will enable people to make even more of the weekend if they wish.
This means that it should be a lot easier to take part in events on BOTH days if you want to or, if it suits you better, you could just go off and do your own thing in the area on the Saturday before jumping on your bike to join us for the Mendips Lakes & Lumps challenge on the Sunday morning!
And, of course, families and other halves etc are very welcome to camp too (they don't need to be entered for an event if they're accompanying a participant) and there'll be food & drink provision onsite on both days, so feel free to bring along some company if you wish and make a real weekend of it :)
Raising a Glass to Butcombe - AGAIN!
With the third Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride fast approaching, we're absolutely delighted to announce that Butcombe Brewery has confirmed that it will be supporting us again this year.
Most people are aware that Butcombe is very much a major national brand these days, but the brewery still has a very strong affinity with the West Country and its Bristol heartlands and it's keen to promote the area as a great place for leisure activities.
This is because, as well as their excellent beers, they also have a growing number of lovely Butcombe pubs & inns dotted around the South West, and of course the wonderful Mendip Hills AONB area that hosts the Ride is right on the brewery's doorstep.
It's also worth noting that, as a cycling-friendly organisation, their pubs & inns are always pleased to welcome people on bikes for a bit of refreshment and refuelling when they're out & about, so it's a perfect fit for us.
And the really great news for our riders is that this partnership means that Butcombe will be providing every rider in the event with a FREE BOTTLE OF BEER at the finish - making a great day out exploring the wonderful Mendip Hills by bike in June even more worthwhile!
We'll also be looking at other ways to get the most out of this great West Country partnership, and the bottom line is that we're going to have some of the best beer in the country available for our riders - and that's definitely something to celebrate!