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Grand Tour Somerset
Join GTC on our annual Sportive Event - here on our home patch, riding on our favourite roads, over our best loved hills, and ahem, right past some of our favourite cafes. No time for stopping on this whistlestop tour though. You'll need to keep up the pace to get all the way around this 107 mile wonder ride. Including the beauty of the Blackdowns, majesty of the Mendips, the quality of the Quantocks, the exquisiteness of Exmoor, - this is a true test of grit and determination. Four classic ranges of hills, and some truly epic riding…
We'll assemble in the picturesque village of North Curry in Somerset, only a stonesthrow from Taunton, at 07:30 on Sunday morning. Here we shall register, prepare our bikes, and get ready to ride. After our ride briefing, its out and on to the course. Grand Tour Cycling will supply support vehicles on the course, riding leaders in attendance on the course, and 2 feed stations. You will be timed on the course, and event timings will be published on the web on completion of the event. Our waymarking is careful and copious - so it should give you ample opportunity to savour the course, and those climbs without getting lost. But of course - you must stay alert - just a moments lapse of concentration could see you missing a junction! This ride takes in 4 main climbs over 4 main ranges of hills - and is a true test - epic in every way...
In conjunction with Grand Tour Cycling - www.grandtourcycling.co.uk We think Somerset offers some of the finest riding in the country... would you agree?
Altitude Gain for this Epic Ride? Just 1887m - give or take!
To Enter - Download Booking form here : Event Booking Form - payment may be made by phone on 01823 444 246
07:15 - 08:00 - Event Registration
07:30 Onwards - Refreshments Available
08:15 - First Wave Depart
08:40 - Final Riders Leave
17:00 - Last Riders Must be back at Event HQ - Support Wagon will sweep up any late arrivals at final feed station
18:19 - Sunset
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
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
Feed Stations en route, Cycle Leaders on course, Support Vehicles, Event Timing, Pre Event Cycle Event Hotline
Excluded From Trip
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with Appropriate Tyres) - please call us for guidance on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Mini Bike Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Suncream, Sunbloc (maybe... just maybe!)
Medium Weight Softshell
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirt (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (to suit your own pedal choice)
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Extra Eight Long Tights (in poor conditions)
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone (Essential)
Snacks for the day (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
It is your responsibility to thoroughly check the proper operation of your bicycle prior to the event. It is also your responsibility to ride safely at all times on the course - this especially applies to any downhill sections - where you need to keep your speed under control, and taking care at any time you overtake another rider. This ride is on open roads - and whilst we attempt to use smaller roads, you need to be courteous to other road users.
Being in the UK we should be prepared for anything. Whilst not wishing everyone to bring heaps of equipment we should be prepared for wet and cold.
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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