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Gorges, Levels and Legends Bike
Take yourself on a bike journey like no other. This ride promises to take you from modern day living back to a time when legends walked the earth.
Riding across the mystical landscape of the Somerset levels you will be taken through gorges, over moorland while visiting ancient settlements and historic landmarks where legends once stood.
Meet at Bristol, Temple Meads Rail Station
After the event brief our first day begins with a short pedal out of Bristol City centre and on to the country trail heading towards the Mendip Hills. After winding our way down through Cheddar Gorge we now enter the mystical landscape of the Somerset levels and into a world of the super natural and tales of legends. Our overnight stay for Day 1 is in the pretty town of Somerton in the heart of the levels where we shall enjoy a taste of the local wares and a sip of the local tipple.
The best part of day 2 is spent visiting the pretty villages of the lowland moorlands of Somerset and cycling a course through this once submerged country back to Cheddar and onto the Mendips before riding back to Bristol and our start location.
We'll be staying in comfortable bunkhouse/B&B style accommodation, with bedding provided. We’ll provide breakfast, but you need to bring towel and wash kit. We are governed mainly by what we have available. You should note that this trip is about the riding - and whilst we will try to offer comfortable accommodation - it depends on what we can find in the locations at the end of each day's ride.
What is a Level 3.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
These rides are typically multi day rides, with medium distances and undulating terrain. Level 3 rides suit riders who ride regularly, and are looking for something challenging but manageable. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 8 hours of cycling with breaks. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect a slightly lower daily duration - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You should be a competent rider, with regular training outings - both at the weekend and ideally with another session during the week. A 10 week training programme is available for our 3 star rides.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long bike rides in the countryside of 5 hours + and distances of between 45 - 55 miles . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training (at least twice per week in the run up to the event). Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be around 21-23 km/hr on flat and gently undulating terrain, and you should be able to cycle at higher speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km (on a road bike). You may also blend in other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Experienced cycle leader & outdoor first aider.
Comfortable Bunkhouse/B&B style accommodation with breakfast.
Vehicle with support driver and mechanical backup.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches, dinners and snacks.
Transport to and from the event.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure..
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity including mobile radios -safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
As you know, the weather in England is unpredictable, so it’s best to prepare for hot or cold conditions. Bear in mind changeable UK weather, there is a chance you will get wet, so please bring suitable clothing for this. Equally during the summer, you could find hot and sunny conditions, so please be prepared with plenty of fluids and sun protection.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.
Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions
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