South Somerset Screamer Sportive Picture 1
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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  265m

Dist:  84 mi

Min age:  18

Duration:  1

South Somerset Screamer Sportive

Bike Adventure

Join us for an incredible days riding, taking in some of Somerset's most famous sites including Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Tor and Ham Hill.

We will be starting at Seavington Millenium Hall. Plenty of parking is available here. We will then begin our ride North, heading through South Petherton and out across the Somerset Levels towards Wedmore, where we'll stop for drink and a snack, giving you the opportunity to refuel before riding through Cheddar village and hitting the stunning (but lung busting!) climb that is Cheddar Gorge. After winding your way up through the gorge, climbing 370m in the space of 4 miles, you are rewarded with stunning views of the Mendips before the exhilarating descent down into Wells and heading on to the iconic location of Glastonbury Tor. We will skirt the bottom of the ancient tor before continuing south across the levels to our final stop near the picturesque village of Martock. Short Course riders will break away here and the Long Course riders take on the the sting in the tail; Ham Hill. From here we will drop back down to our start point at Seavington for hot drinks all-round and a hard-earned bite to eat! 



7:30-8:00 Rider registration.

8:00 - 08:15 - compulsary safetey briefing.
8:15-8:45 Rider set off (riders will set off in groups at 5 minute intervals).

The full route is approximately 84 miles. Perfect to warm up those legs ready for the summer season!

Due to the nature of the time of year and daylight hours, cut-off time limits will be imposed around the course. You will be expected to average a minimum of 11.5mph over the 84 miles. Specific cut off times and points will be made clear in the rider briefing on the event day.

N.b. - there is a shorter route at 72 miles - cutting directly from Ash back through Martock to Seavington.


Route Map

What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?

These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on 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!)


Medical Issues

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

2 x Water/Feed Stations.

Shower faciltities are available at the end location - note these are communal sports showers - The Home / Away team showers will be allocated as Male and Female.


Excluded From Trip




Equipment Required

Bike Items
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)
Cycling Gloves
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)
Helmet (compulsory)

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)


Safety Information

First Aid will be provided by the support crew, however, a degree of caution and responsibility is important while cycling.



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! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.


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 - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price




This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

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Our Challengers Said...
The feed stops were brilliant and the support from the team at Grand Tour Cycling was 100%
Rob G   08-Nov-2015