More than 700 cyclists will ride through Somerset on 11th September, day two of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, the UK’s largest Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride.
Starting from Okehampton, they will cross the Quantock Hills arriving at the magnificent climb of Cheddar Gorge. After the challenge of the first day, there won’t be much let up; they will cycle 110 miles, climb 6,000 foot and the challenge rating is 4/5. In the afternoon they will arrive in Bath with a final ascent up to the base camp at Bath University, the training ground for many of Team GB.
Now in its seventh year, the Deloitte Ride Across Britain takes cyclists of all levels of fitness and ability through some of the country’s most breath-taking landscapes.
Cyclists from the UK and Ireland as well as South Africa, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the USA will ride 969 miles over nine days and climb around 15,000 metres, almost twice the height of Everest. They will travel through winding back lanes, hidden green valleys, stunning coastal road and barren moorlands passing historic sites and camping overnight. The Ride is fully supported with overnight base camps, a sign posted route, delicious hot meals, pit stops, medical and mechanical support and luggage transfer.
Julian Mack, the founder of Threshold Sports, which organises the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, says: “Cycling the length of the British Isles from one end to the other captures the imagination of people. To be able to see every inch of the landscape under your own steam is a deeply rewarding experience, but, like everything in life that’s worthwhile, it’s not easy and it requires grit and determination.
“There is some of the most well-known landscape through Somerset, especially the famous Cheddar Gorge, but it’s very tough. We advise everyone to look for riders of similar speeds half way through the day when the route flattens out and to ride in groups. This is one of the hardest parts of the Ride, but once they’re through, riders know that they have what it takes to reach John O’Groats.
“We have taken care of every last logistical detail so that riders can focus firmly on turning the pedals and drinking in the sights and smells of the British Isles; it’s just them, their leg power, their will and the beauty of the cycling machine, the basic design of which hasn’t changed much in a century.”
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