17 Apr 2019
Follow in the tyre tracks of cycling greats at Cheddar Gorge
A new type of cycling experience is being added to the list of challenges keen cyclists can take part in at the National Trust’s Top of the Gorge outdoor festival, which will be taking place for its second year atop Cheddar Gorge from 14-16 June 2019.
Road cycling has been added as another way to see the Gorge which follows the path taken through the area by the Tour of Great Britain in 2018.
During the Tour of Britain National Trust staff and volunteers created a large-scale ‘human bike’ to celebrate the event passing through the iconic Gorge. Now visitors to the National Trust’s festival will have the chance to follow in the tyre tracks of the professional’s as the ‘The Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride’ is launched.
Dan McKimm from Great Western Ride said: ‘The Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride is a brand new addition to the National Trust's excellent Top of the Gorge festival. It’s been designed to offer participants a great personal challenge and the opportunity to experience the wonderful Mendip Hills AONB from the seat of a bicycle.’
Dan continued: ‘In keeping with the festival as a whole, the emphasis is very much on introducing people to the sheer pleasure and enjoyment to be had from being active in this beautiful area, and the Ride is designed to appeal to as many people as possible - from cycling novices to regular riders, and regardless of type of bike and clothing.’
Participation in the ride, or any other challenges that the Trust have on offer during Top of the Gorge festival entitles entrants to a free day ticket to the festival located atop the UK’s largest gorge.
Pat Kinsella, Festival Director also added: ‘Across the weekend of Top of the Gorge festival there will be an abundance of two-wheeled action to get stuck into, starting with a guided ride from Ashton Court on the outskirts of Bristol to the festival site on Friday 14 June.’
Pat continued: ‘On Saturday 15 June the Mendip Murmuration mountain-bike sportive takes place, plus there’s a brand new road-riding challenge happening on the Sunday. On top of all that, there will be trial-riding demonstrations by pro MTB athlete Andrei Burton all weekend, free off-road riding skills sessions for kids and adults held by Trail Unknown and the Forest Trail Company.’
Top of the Gorge festival is taking place 14 – 16 June 2019, at Warren Farm near Charterhouse, Somerset. Welcoming campers and day visitors alike, the festival is a carnival of outdoor adventure, entertainment, inspiration and fantastic local food and drink.
For further details and tickets head to the website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/topofthegorge
To enter Great Western Ride’s, Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride on Sunday 16 June head to: https://www.mendipsride.com/