End of Season Weekend: Wiltshire, Somerset & Bristol

Thanks to a fantastic summer we've had some fabulous rides this year. I'm really pleased with the new places we've discovered and the twist we gave to old favourites. Yesterday I had an epiphany and I came up with this ride which I'm sure will be the epitome of our summer cycling.  21st of September is the official end of summer and I thought we should mark it in style.

THE BEAUTY OF THIS RIDE IS THAT YOU CAN JOIN ON SATURDAY, ON SUNDAY OR MAKE IT A WEEKEND EVENT. IT'S UP TO YOU.

Start: We meet 8.15am at London Paddington. We will board 2 trains. The 8.30am and 8.36am services to Swindon. We'll split in two groups of 4. This will allow us to buy cheaper tickets with group savers 4. The ride will start promptly at 9.45am from Swindon.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US ONLY ON SUNDAY I WILL BOOK YOU AND YOUR BIKE FOR A LONDON TO BRISTOL TRAIN ON SUNDAY MORNING.

Route: Day 1 is an 86 mile ride with a total elevation of 5150 feet. There will be two or three significant climbs. The rest will be flat erring on the side of rolling. Overall, given distance and climbs it will be rather hard but it will be a beautiful and scenic route. Almost 90% of the track is on quiet roads. We cycle from Swindon out of Wiltshire into Somerset and via Bath and the jaw dropping Cheddar Gorge we'll finally arrive in Bristol. YOU MAY RETURN TO LONDON AT THE END OF DAY 1 OR CONTINUE ONTO DAY 2.

Day 2 is on Sunday and we'll cycle from Bristol to Reading. 91 miles and 4800ft elevation, a day of rolling countryside through Wiltshire and Berkshire.

PACE OF THE RIDE: The usual 15mph average pace, strictly for those confident in long distances and hills. ONCE WE LEAVE BATH YOU WON'T HAVE TRAIN STATIONS EN ROUTE TO BAIL OUT. So please only RSVP if you feel confident about the distance and elevation. This is not a ride to experiment with your fitness.  Please check our pace and bail out policy (Discussion/Message Board/Pace + Health & Safety tab at the top of the screen).

If you are unsure about whether you will fit in with the group's pace feel free to drop me an email.



ATTENDANCE: Please only RSVP if your social/work calendar looks free for this date.  Please review our attendance policy (Discussion/Message Board/Attendance Policy tab at the top of the screen).

PLEASE NOTE THAT ON THIS OCCASION REFUNDS WON'T BE AVAILABLE AS ALL TICKETS WILL BE BOUGHT IN ADVANCE. IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL YOUR ONLY OPTION WILL BE TO FIND ANOTHER SUITABLE CYCLIST TO TAKE YOUR PLACE.

****PLEASE READ THE FULL REFUND POLICY HERE***

Stops: We don't really stop often. A toilet/mechanical stop when needed plus a quick snack break at 25 and 50 and 70 miles.

Lunch: On long rides I always rather have lunch at the end. On this occasion, I suggest we treat ourselves to a nice lunch in the most quaint village pub we find 65/70 miles into the ride on day 1. We could also consider lunch at Cheddar Gorge. That would be about 62 miles into the ride on Day 1. On Day 2, as we'll probably be exhausted we can have a decent lunch stop somewhere hafl way or 3/4 of the ride.

What to bring: Please buy snacks in advance, loads of them.  You'll also need water to refuel regularly. Weatherproof gear. Spare inner tube(s), lights, a pump, a mobile phone and some cash. A  Helmet is mandatory when you ride with us.

We will buy more snacks before we set off on day 2.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Cycling is fun and safe but no sporting activity is risk-free. To minimise such risk when you take part in our rides you will be expected to ride safely, wearing a helmet and abiding by the Highway Code. No red light jumping, unexpected turns or dangerous overtaking will be accepted. If we feel you are putting other group members at risk you will be asked to bail out immediately. Please note that you join us at your own risk and that by joining us on this trip you understand, accept and agree to take all the risks inherent and expected from cycling on the roads exempting myself and your fellow riders for any accident/injury you may sustain. This should be read as a clause of exemption of liability for all purposes.

Return to London: We'll cycle Bristol to Reading on Sunday and we'll catch a train to London from Reading (several services an hour).

ALTERNATIVELY, YOU MAY WANT TO LEAVE US ON SATURDAY EVENING AND CATCH A RETURN TRAIN TO LONDON FROM BRISTOL.

Fees & Fares: The £45 charge will include your train ticket London-Swindon & Reading-London; 1 night accommodation in a youth hostel (multiple share room) + £1.5 contribution fee.

FEES REMAIN THE SAME IF YOU CYCLE ONLY ON SATURDAY.

FEES ARE £40 IF YOU CYCLE ONLY ON SUNDAY. THIS IS BECAUSE YOU WILL BE PAYING FULL TRAIN FARES RATHER THAN GROUP SAVERS.

WHEN YOU BOOK MESSAGE ME YOUR PREFERENCE.

Weather: Given that all tickets are booked in advance we will have to go ahead regardless of the weather. If worse comes to the worst (i.e. torrential rain) I could revise and cut shot the route. I have though checked the extended forecast and it appears that summer will still be in place by then. But England being England...

One of the aims of the Cycling group is to appreciate of our natural surroundings, local towns and villages. We hope to minimise our impact by making sure that we are responsible for our litter. Please dispose of all of your litter and snack wrappers carefully".

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  • Erika K.

    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for an amazing weekend. Big thank You to Bea for orginising it and making us feel welcome. It was hard but absolutly worth the pain :) Looking forward for more rides (I better start training for those killer hills :) )

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Gaye

    Hi Bea thank you sooo much for organising this wonderful weekend ride. The team spirits was so high that i was feeling fantastic. I realise group cycling is another level of happiness as everyone took care each other and having 2 days cycling we get to know each other a bit better had time to listen stories. Lots of uphills but the scenery was fantastic Cheddar Gorge and Hackpen Hill was fantastic. 2 nd day having great lunch break at the great garden pub, the sun was shinning also last 40 miles was all straight forward took all the pain away i told to my self but hahaha on Monday had massive legs and bum pain but i was still smiling :-) so nice to meet you all and i hope we can do all over again. All the best wishes everyone. ..

    3 · September 24, 2013

  • Clara M.

    Absolutely amazing weekend! I now fully understand the meaning of "pain in the bum" but I will do it all over again! It was such a friendly and easy going bunch of people that I can't wait to ride with you guys again... Thanks to Bea for leading the group through the killer hills with such a determination that even I was able to finish!

    5 · September 23, 2013

    • Bea

      Pain is temporary, glory is for ever! x

      1 · September 23, 2013

  • Joseph

    Special thanks to Bea for organising this wonderful route.Lots of challenging hills & if I get a chance will def do it again .All the girls where really fast .Have a sore bum ,will never ride without padded shorts .The Hill buster award should go to Cameron ,Bea & Dumba they did very well.Most active person award should go to Gaye (she was so active she didnt sleep on Saturday night ).The rest of US dont have any awards this time but we did a good job by completing 180 miles

    3 · September 23, 2013

    • Bea

      Me? I was the weakest link! Mariana, Cameron and Gaye were definitely in another league. They were the ones who made the rest of us push harder and further. I loved the camaderie between us all, above of everything!

      2 · September 23, 2013

  • Thomas V.

    Indeed, it was a GREAT week end...even the sun showed up to celebrate the end of the British Summer. There were very challenging hills , especially for a new cyclist for me .. The good team spirit and the stunning scenary helped to climb it more easily. i am ready for the Yorkshire dalles now:)

    3 · September 23, 2013

  • Bea

    It has been a fabulous weekend. We've cycled along absolutely stunning countryside and we climbed very challenging hills. Gradient wise, I think these hills have been the steepest we have climbed in all these years. This ride was everything this Meet Up group is about: discovering new corners of England, meet new people, have fun and improve our fitness. I had a great time. Thank you guys.

    3 · September 23, 2013

  • Dumba

    Get well soon helene.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Helene J

    Hi Guys - I'm sick and feeling rubbish this morning so won't be able to join you. Sooo disappointed, I was really looking forward to the weekend! :-(

    September 21, 2013

  • Bea

    Sorry for the delays guys but i've been super busy. Files have just been uploaded. At the top of the screen in tab MORE then FILES you will see the Swindon to Bristol and Bristol to Reading. Haven't had time to double check the routes but if any dodge lanes come up we'll reroute on the spot.

    On another note, I'll bring a cable lock to secure our bikes at night. Even though there's a bike shed, it's better to lock them. I don't have a padlock though. Does anyone have a good padlock or a light lock they can bring? Does't need to be heavy or the best lock ever, just a small one to use with my cable.

    See you all at 7.45am at Paddington. No sun but temperature will be in the 20s!

    1 · September 19, 2013

    • Bea

      Great! I'll bring the cable locks .

      September 20, 2013

    • Gaye

      Hi Bea the route got a little bit of everything with nice climbs hahaha... I got some simple long cable as well. Thank you ..

      1 · September 20, 2013

  • Clara M.

    Hi Bea, where will the GPX file will be? Not sure...
    Looking forward to he weekend!

    September 19, 2013

  • Joseph

    HI Bea is there any way that i can get the GPX files of the route please

    September 19, 2013

    • Bea

      Sure. I'll try to upload them tonight although not sure if I'll have time. Defo tomorrow evening.

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • Graham

    looks like it will be a really great ride .. im jealous :/ ... i hope the weather is great and you all have a great time .. take care and be safe all.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Dumba

    Bea, can u pls add me in? Would love to come....

    September 15, 2013

    • Bea

      Hi Mariana, Ihave bought tickets already. Individual tickets have gone up. You'd need to transfer £47. If you are still keen pls transfer asap.

      September 15, 2013

    • Dumba

      trf went to you Bee, I am in......

      September 15, 2013

  • David

    As a recent joiner, I would have loved to join you but have other plans. I hope to see you soon.

    Enjoy the ride!

    David

    September 15, 2013

  • Graham

    wow .. never seen so many women on one ride .... guys take your headache pills ..

    2 · September 12, 2013

    • Joseph

      Watermelon join us ,its will be fun.Let's show man power ;)

      September 13, 2013

    • Graham

      i would love to Joseph .. but im looking at the weather outside .. and i dont like to get my 'hair' wet :P

      September 13, 2013

  • Bea

    Peeps, i'm now giving people the option to cycle on Saturday, on Sundayor bothdays. If you cycle only one day it bbecomes rather expensive as you'll be paying full train fares rather than group savers but I predict this to be an awesome ride :-)

    1 · September 13, 2013

    • Gaye

      Hi Bea looking forward. Definitely bout days to make the most of the ride with you. It's wonderful. Thank you x

      September 13, 2013

  • Dumba

    I am tempted Bea.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Gaye

    Hi Bea i saw the number are down for know. I was wondering why don't we stay overnight at the hostel do some nice and easy cycle on Sunday have a nice lunch b4 return.

    September 10, 2013

    • Gaye

      Hahaha i bailout at Reading than... i am really up for it. If you can check to place to stay. I do have yha membership card it could safe a few pounds. Thank you so much x

      September 10, 2013

    • Bea

      I will tonight and keep you posted x

      1 · September 10, 2013

  • Maggie

    Sounds fantastic, but as I'm going away on 22nd, I won't beable to make this one. Enjoy!

    August 30, 2013

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