Wheelers take part in charity 100-mile ride
PUBLISHED: 09:16 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:16 22 July 2016
Memebers from Weston Wheelers took part in the Great Weston Ride, totalling close to 100 miles.
There was mist in the air as the Wheelers left Weston at 7.30am for a circular ride taking in the Great Weston Ride in aid of Prostate Cancer research.
The riders regrouped at Brockley Combe where our lady members joined up and set off again for the Long Ashton park and ride, the departure point for the GWR.
The plan was to complete all the additional loops to make a round trip distance of about 100 miles. The goal was to stick together so the public would see a group of almost 20 Wheelers jerseys passing through each village.
All went well until the first climb began after half a mile, and the group became a chain which broke in several places as the different climbing styles emerged. They regrouped at the top and split apart again during the descent of Belmont Hill.
After a frantic dash across Chew Valley into a head wind, the slog up Burrington Combe, the mind-blowing drop down from Shipham quarry to Cheddar which saw some of the Wheelers reach 50mph, the riders stopped at the official refreshment area at Hugh Sexey’s School.
The group turned into the wind at Bridgwater, before a final regroup at Uphill saw the riders to the finish line as they started, together.
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