Registration and Set off
Parking, registration and set off is at at the Sweets Tea Rooms, Peat & Science Museum, Wedmore, Glastonbury BA6 9TX. The ride registration will be manned from 7am until 10am only, but parking and toilets and refreshments will continue to be available there throughout the day.
Routes begin and finish at Sweets.
MS Cycling Jerseys will be available for purchase on the day. Any preorder interest should be directed to Peter Graham (tel 01749 342306 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
There are two routes to choose from, which can be added together to make the Monster Challenge of 100 miles. The first route is 60 km, the other 60 miles. The routes are not marshalled but are marked at turning points only with painted yellow arrows before turns. Riders are strongly advised to view and download their own maps beforehand.
The route goes from Sweets north, through Wedmore to Cheddar. Then up the Gorge and take the first left to Charterhouse. At Charterhouse, the routes divide. The choices are clearly marked. The 60 km route goes west to Winscombe, Canada (Coombe!). Bleadon and returns on the levels through Mark back to Sweets.
The route covers the same ride to Cheddar as the 60 km route but includes an extra loop from Charterhouse into the Chew Valley and back up Burrington Coombe to return to Charterhouse. Then re-connect tothe 60km route to the west to Winscombe, Canada (Coombe!). Bleadon and return on the levels through Mark back to Sweets.
For the 100 mile route combine both routes together!
How long will it take?
Riding at an average of 10mph/15kph, the routes should take six hours and four hours respectively to complete, or ten hours for the Monster Challenge. Add stoppage for drinks and food and the 60 mile run should be completed in seven hours, the 60 km route in less than five. Cyclists taking on the 100 mile challenge should be prepared for a long time in the saddle or a high average speed!
Drinks / food station
For both rides, there will be a drinks and food station at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge. This is about half way around the route. The station will be manned by a wheel-chair using MS Society volunteer so please do stop in and say hello.
Post ride entertainment
Refreshments, music, food and possibly even fund-raising frolics will be held at Sweets throughout the day. Be prepared to enjoy yourself and to raise lots of money for the MS Society.