The courses are fully marked, but every rider will be given a small ‘backup map’ in case the marking is not 100% clear or gets damaged/removed. Around the course, you will find 1-4 service stations where you can fill up with drinks and a great selection of foods. Alongside the energy back up, mechanics will be out there trying to help everybody with any technical problems. There will be 2-3 broom wagons patrolling the courses to pick up anybody struggling to finish.
Three different courses will be on offer (distances are approximate): The 160km (100miles) long CENTURY Sportive, the 100km (63miles) long DISTANCE Sportive and the 70km (44miles) long CLASSIC Sportive.
Those who want to ride the 160km/100miles will first conquer a ‘warm-up’ loop up towards the lower end of the Cotswold hills before heading south-west, riding in the Mendips and lake region to complete the full distance.
The idea is that the first 60km/35miles (warm-up/Cotswold loop) is taking in some glorious Gloucestershire countryside including Castle Coombe village, before it heads back to the Somerdale Pavilion in Keynsham where refreshments await. Then those riders wanting to join their friends for the traditional Mendip 100km/65miles can hook up and ride out together for some of the best riding Somerset has to offer.
Once you’ve managed to complete your ride and come over the finish line, make sure you don’t just race past the timing crew as you would miss out on a great afternoon of free food and the chance to share a few riding stories with your fellow sportive riders.
Event HQ Start/Finish Location
Somerdale Pavilion & Conference Centre
The car parking is slightly limited at the Somerdale Pavilion. We, therefore, suggest you ride to the event or car share with a friend or colleague.
In case of emergency
You will find contact numbers on the briefing page of this website, on the hand out briefing and on your number board. These numbers are for emergency use only.
Please ensure you take your mobile phone with you.
On the day
The event and registration will be open from 7 am onwards. Simply make your way to the registration hall (in the main Somerdale Pavilion building) and find your name on the signing on sheets.
After you have signed and provided your personal mobile number (so that we can reach you while out on the course if needed) and your emergency contact number you will be given your briefing (back up map on reverse) and your number board.
Once you have fitted your number board (it holds the timing chip on the back), checked your bike once again and when your start time is approaching you can make your way to the start line/arch.
There you will be given a verbal briefing and some last-minute updates before you can start your ride. Simply follow the signs and make sure you obey the highway code and have a great time on some of the nicest roads the South West has to offer…and all that for a good cause.
7.00 am Event, facilities and registration open at the Somerdale Pavilion
8.00 am First start wave CENTURY Sportive (160km course) leaves the Somerdale Pavilion
10.00 am First start wave DISTANCE Sportive (100km course) leaves the Somerdale Pavilion
12 (noon) First start wave CLASSIC Sportive (70km course) leaves the Somerdale Pavilion
4.30 pm Course closes/riders have to be back at the Somerdale Pavilion
There will be two
There are changing rooms and showers at the Somerdale Pavilion. There is no provision for secure storage or valuables. The organisers are not responsible for any loss of property.
Food and Drink
Please ensure that you bring enough water and food with you. There are three food stations around the course. However please be aware that the stations are for replenishing your supplies rather than being relied upon as the only source of your provisions. There will be after ride food provided, and there is a bar providing soft drinks and bottled alcoholic drinks.
For a donation to charity, BW Cycling
The broom wagon will sweep up riders who fall behind the required time limits. They will pick up riders who are having difficulty and it should be noted the courses close at 4.30 pm.
After ride meal
The After Ride Meal will be available when you get back from your ride. We are going to have a BBQ from approx. 5.00 pm onwards.
The prize giving will take place during the after ride dinner.