A classic 99km Somerset gravel sportive with a whole lot of variety including the fast flat Somerset levels, the punchy Mendips and a 9km section on the beach. The perfect escape from the city and a chance to see a different side of this beautiful county.
Distance: 99km | Elevation: 990m
Ride Difficulty 3/5
Technical Difficulty 2/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 50%
Bike & Tyre Choice: The route has lots of sections on quiet back lanes along with mixed terrain off road sections. We recommend a gravel bike to be able to ride comfortably both on & off road but a MTB will be fine.
Countdown to June 6th
– A stunning varied route with quite lanes, bridleways, gravel paths & beaches
– Finish with the climb of Cheddar Gorge
– Grab an ice cream on the beach
– Social drink at the finish village
Wells: 99km, 990m
Starting in Wells, we head up to Glastonbury past the famous Tor before a quick section on the Levels to the long beach at Burnham. After a 9km stretch on the hard-packed sand, we roll back over the Mendips including the climb over Cheddar Gorge before a fast descent home.
Physical Difficulty: 3/5
What type of bike should I ride?
This route is ideal for gravel bikes with lots of smooth, fast gravel but you could use a mountain bike. Road bikes are not suitable for this ride. We have carbon gravel bikes from Pearson available to hire for the day. E bikes are not allowed on this ride.
How do I find out my start time?
Riders start in groups of maximum 6 at a time. We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
Where is the start / finish?
The ride starts and finishes in Wells. There is free parking onsite as well as a bike wash, toilets & refreshments.
What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
What shall I pack with me for the ride?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
When will I get my GPX file
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.
New To Gravel Riding?
Rent a Pearson Off Grid bike (£49)
Available in all sizes
Mechanics on hand for bike fitting
Pre ride briefing
Packing List emailed when you book