Somerset Gravel Epic

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Embrace the glorious gravel pathways in this fantastic flat and fast sportive set in the heart of Somerset. This is a perfect escape from the city with riders setting out on a scenic route of back roads, flat sections and long beaches. Come for a varied ride and celebratory beer.
Long Route - 100k and Medium Route - 72k
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Sat, 23 Sept 2023
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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Cheddar BS27, UK
Start times
Sat, 23 Sept 2023
Long Route - 100k:
8:00am |
Medium Route - 72k:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Somerset Gravel Epic
Long Route - 100k
1 Loop
Medium Route - 72k
Route information
Long Route
Distance: 100km
Elevation: 1200m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 45%
Starting out near Cheddar, you will go straight onto the gravel for the first 5km before heading west before a couple of short, sharp off road climbs (the first is 2.3km at 7.4%, the second is 2.2km at 7.3%) before the first feed stop. From here, all roads lead to the beach and you take on the iconic 9km of Brean Beach. The challenge here is to find the right line where the sand is hard packed – not as easy as it seems as the line keeps changing and you don’t want to get stuck in the soft stuff!
After the beach, recover on the flat Somerset Levels with a couple of gravel sections before heading north back to Cheddar. The final section takes you up the beautiful Cheddar Gorge (3.5km, 4.7% gradient on road) before a lovely rolling section back to the ride village for a well earned beer.
Medium Route
Distance: 72km
Elevation: 800m
Percentage of Route Off Road: 45%
The medium route follows the long route but takes out one of the off road climbs before the first feed stop.
After the beach you head to the levels and back north but remove sections in the Mendips to go straight back to the ride village rather than up and around Cheddar Gorge.
What's included
  • Finish line social drink
  • GPX Route
  • Feed Stops
  • Fully-marked route
  • Chip-timed results
  • Race village
  • Bike rental (added cost)
  • Mechanical Support
  • Toilets
How to get there
Cheddar BS27, UK
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There will be free on-site parking available on the day.
Event day logistics
07:45 Ride village opens. Collect your ride number.
08:00 - 09:30 Ride start. You will be set off in small groups
18:00 Rider village closes
19:00 Link to ride times and photos set out
Feed stations
All feed stations will be stacked with water, cake, fruit, sports nutrition bars, and nut butter.
Race Village
At the finish, there will be a race village where you can grab some food, a pint, or a coffee.
Mechanical issues
There will be mechanics at all aid stations and ride captains to also help with any bike issues.
What happens if I have a mechanical problem with my bike at the Somerset Gravel Epic?
There will be mechanics at all feed stops to help you and ride captains along the route to offer support, make sure to bring a basic repair kit for small incidences.
What is the best bike for the Somerset Gravel Epic?
This route has lots of sections on quiet back lanes with mixed terrain off-road sections. It is recommended to use a gravel bike or an MTB.
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