Charity bike ride given more 'variety' for 2015

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 June 2015

The Great Weston Ride will return on July 19.

The Great Weston Ride will return on July 19.

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THE Great Weston Ride, which is now in its sixth consecutive year, has been given an overhaul for 2015.

Organisers of the popular bike ride have unveiled plans which will give riders the chance to tackle one of eight different routes during the race on July 19.

The traditional 56-mile version of the popular city-to-coast challenge ride starts in Bristol, before taking riders through some stunning countryside across the Mendip Hills. The race, which raises money for Prostate Cancer UK, ends on Weston seafront.

The new routes, however, will give riders the chance to complete longer distances of up to 72 miles, with increased inclines and different terrains also on offer.

Ride organiser Darren McKimm said: “We’re always looking at ways in which we can improve the Great Weston Ride for participants, so this year we came up with the idea of adopting a ‘pick and mix’ approach with some new optional extra sections for those who want them.

“We wanted to freshen things up and add a bit more variety for returning riders, and these additions to the routes do just that.

“We’re not aware of any other ride that offers this much variety and choice, but we’re pretty confident the changes mean there’s definitely something on offer for just about anyone who fancies a challenge and also wants a great day out on their bike.”

More than 1,000 people signed up to the Great Weston Ride in 2014, and organisers have said this year’s event is already on track to exceed this figure.

For further information and details on how to enter the race click here.

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