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LATEST NEWS
 

June 2024

Route Confirmation & Other Info
 

Following a full route check today (June 3rd) we're pleased to say that everything is in good order and therefore we're going to run with the same route as 2023, as well as once again offering the ENTIRELY OPTIONAL section that we introduced a couple of years ago.

 

So BOTH route options are now confirmed & available to download from our Route Details page, and please note that the standard route will be clearly marked on the day with our YELLOW & BLACK direction signs bearing the Great Weston Ride logo.


The optional section will be easily identifiable as it will be marked by its own BLUE & BLACK direction signs (also bearing the Great Weston Ride logo) from its start point and until it re-joins the main route, 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).

 

NB the optional section would add approximately 5 miles in distance and it 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 1.5-mile climb.


So this option is most certainly not suitable for everybody, and we would strongly recommend that only very experienced riders should consider tackling it.


Please also be aware that parts of the road surface in the section of the route around Blagdon lake (miles 29-33 of the main route, just a few miles after the refreshment stop) could certainly be better, so please take particular care in this section - especially on the downhills.  We'd strongly advise everyone to take the descents very steadily, and to give other riders time & space to pass through safely.


And if you've previously downloaded the route we'd recommend that you do it again now just to ensure that you have the most up-to-date version.


Finally, our refreshment stop this year is once again back at the lovely Bowls Club in Chew Stoke, after about 26 miles (and just before a fair chunk of climbing - so make the most of it!).  There will be toilets, water and free tea & coffee available for everyone, and you'll also be able to buy some delicious homemade cake there if you wish (inc. gluten-free & vegan options).


We look forward to seeing everyone at the start!

 

 

April 2024

Camping & Other Activities
 

We just want to make sure that everyone knows that once again there's 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 Adventure Weekend.

Camping at the Top of the Gorge

 

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 of course includes the Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride), and it's open to people staying in tents or in campervans - click HERE for further details and to book your place.


We can also confirm that all of the well-established running and cycling challenges will be back again this year (there's mountain-biking as well as road cycling, plus trail running options from 1km to full marathon distance), and there will be food & drink available onsite across the weekend for anyone who chooses to camp.


Plus there will be a range of other free activities on offer over the weekend, eg guided nature-themed walks, archery, axe-throwing, Land Rover safaris, and more (final details TBC shortly).

 

So there's certainly going to be plenty going on for active, outdoorsy people who like a challenge (or two!), and 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 or activities 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 Lakes & Lumps challenge on the Sunday morning!


And, of course, families and partners etc are very welcome to camp too (they don't need to be entered for an event if they're accompanying a participant), so feel free to bring along some company if you wish and make a real weekend of it :)


So get your entries in if you haven't done it yet & get ready for a great start to Summer 2024!

January 2024

2024 Rider Medals
 

We're pleased to say that we've settled on our rider medal design for 2024 and, once again, a fab-looking bespoke medal will be waiting at the finish for everyone who completes the 2024 Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride :)

 

The Lakes & Lumps route is spectacular with some fabulous scenery along the way and, while it's not without its challenges, it isn't overly long and so it's a really nice way to start the Summer.


However, it's just worth noting that a good chunk of the climbing comes in the latter stages of the route - 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.


And 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.


Sign up NOW and make sure that one of these medals has got YOUR name on it!

September 2023

NEW! Lakes & Lumps Withdrawal Policy
 

We want to do everything we can to make it easy for people to enter our events at the earliest opportunity, because it can make a big difference to us AND to our riders:


FOR US


Having a good idea of likely numbers helps us massively with our planning and preparations, especially when so many elements have to be booked/ordered/paid for well in advance in order to be able to deliver the standards, services & facilities that we want to offer.
 

FOR RIDERS


Entering early gives people plenty of time to prepare & practise for their challenge; it can provide the motivation that's sometimes needed to get out & ride; it's definitely something positive to look forward to over the winter months; and, for those who make good use of the available preparation time, it should hopefully lead to those people generally feeling fitter, happier and healthier as a result.


So, to encourage & facilitate early sign-up, we've come up with a very clear and transparent 'withdrawals policy' for our riders for 2024 that we believe is both fair to riders and to us.


Obviously, hopefully everyone appreciates that there comes a point at which we have to fully commit on all our services & expenditure etc (exactly the same as any other event) so the options available to us inevitably reduce as the event date approaches, however if anyone who's entered for any of our events in 2024 needs to withdraw for ANY reason then the following options will be available:


ANY TIME UP TO 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT DATE

 

Entry fee refund (minus £5 admin fee);
or

Entry transferred to one of our other events in the same year, if still available (FREE);
or

Entry carried forward to the same event for the following year (FREE);
or

Entry transferred to another person (FREE).
 

UP TO 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT DATE

 

Entry transferred to one of our other events in the same year, if still available (FREE);
or

Entry carried forward to the same event for the following year (FREE);
or

Entry transferred to another person (FREE).
 

UP TO 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EVENT

 

Entry transferred to another person (FREE).


So, as you can see, if something unexpected happens or crops up after you've entered with us there are options available right up until just THREE DAYS before the event - our view is that this is a fair & reasonable approach to take; we believe it's more flexible & accommodating than most other equivalent events offer; and hopefully it will give you the confidence & the peace of mind to get your entry in NOW via our Online Entry page.

So come on, it really does make a difference - enter early and help us to help you! 

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