See below for information on the 2019 route:
From the entrance to the Top of the Gorge Festival site on top of the Mendips, the route starts with some lovely views and a thrilling descent before it soon brings riders to one of the highlights of the day - cycling up through the wonderful, world-famous Cheddar Gorge.
After 3 miles of climbing up through the Gorge, riders then travel across the top of the Mendips before the second fabulous descent of the day brings them to the eastern edge of the AONB area.
From here riders head towards the two wonderful lakes in the northern part of the area and, after a relatively flat and scenic route around Chew Valley Lake, a more challenging section takes riders around & across the western edge of Blagdon Lake before culminating with a short, sharp climb up through Blagdon village.
Then to round off a great day's cycling in style it's on to the second major climb of the day - the testing 3-mile ascent of Burrington Combe - after which riders head across the top to Yoxter before returning to the finish at the Festival site.
43 glorious miles, around 800m of climbing, and some fabulous sights along the way make this a cycling experience not to be missed!
We reserve the right at all times to amend the route if we anticipate particularly inclement weather or any other unfavourable conditions that might adversely impact safety and enjoyment on the day.