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FEATURE ❘ CHALLENGE RIDES


Great Weston Ride Keeps On Growing


Cycling World learns more about this spectacular ride T


he West Country’s premier challenge bike ride, the Great Weston Ride (www. greatwestonride.com), is taking place on Sunday 19th July 2015 and, after last year’s runaway success and with more and more people coming from outside the local area to take part, this spectacular ride is on course to attract a record number of entries for the sixth year in a row. For anyone who hasn’t come across it yet, the Great Weston Ride offers a scenic 56-mile city-to-coast route that starts in Bristol and then takes riders through some stunning countryside and picturesque Somerset villages


on its way through the Mendips and across the Somerset Levels to its final destination on the seafront in Weston-super-Mare. The event gets tremendous feedback and plaudits from participants each year and, as if to underline this growing success and popularity, lots of previous riders have already booked their places again for 2015. One such entrant, Bill Stacey-Norris, who will once again be travelling up from Devon to take part, sums it up for many when he describes the Great Weston Ride as “the best ride I’ve ever done”.


Over 1,000 people entered in 2014 and the GWR also attracts huge numbers of supporters


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along the route, particularly at the finish to cheer and welcome riders across the line, and one of its major features is its friendly and very relaxed ‘event’ feel - hundreds of riders leave feedback comments each year and they overwhelmingly agree that there is a fantastic atmosphere about the whole day. Naturally, the majority of participants are from the local Bristol and North Somerset area, however a significant number (one in three) actually come from further afield and entries to date for 2015 are no different. One possible explanation is that the Great Weston Ride has often been compared very favourably with (and described as a West


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