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Sigma Sports Mendips Sportive

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Review summary

1 Review
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  • Atmosphere
james w
"Let the registration give people their numbers as they trickle in, with..."
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Distances in this event

  1. Standard

    Bike 65mi
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  2. Epic

    Bike 99mi
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  3. Short

    Bike 34mi
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Meet the organizer

Sportives don't get much more stunning than this ride through the Mendips Hills. Consistently voted as one of the best locations for cycling in the UK, the route dips into Cheddar Gorge which possesses a beauty, and a climb, that will take your breath away.

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What’s Included
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • 3rd Party Rider public liability insurance
  • Feed Stops
  • Energy food and drink
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Online results
  • Online certificates
  • Finisher medal
Course Details
Starting just outside Glastonbury, the Sigma Sports Mendips Sportive, formerly part of the 'Super Series', takes you through spectacular Somerset, first heading north through a series of sheltered back lanes across the River Axe. The routes start out completely flat and stay that way for much of the ride, but there are a handful of major climbs thrown in for good measure – what else would you expect in a land littered with so many beautiful gorges?

Your first test will come around 15 miles in, and the small village of Easton acts as a passing point to flag the climb’s start. You’ll take in just under 850ft of ascending in a short space of time – there’s no hiding the fact that this is steep. The views are worth it, though, and once you’ve reached the top you can afford to sit back and roll through the next few miles, taking in the incredible natural scenery as you go.

The next test won’t come for a while yet, as the route feeds through a series of secluded Somerset villages. Eventually, you’ll pass through Blagdon, which is the final flat point before the next climb, which will take you higher than the last major one but doesn’t take as much input, as you’ll have started from a hill-top position. Soon enough, it’s time to take in Cheddar Gorge in all its glory – but will mean another major climb! Once you’ve passed this, it’s plain sailing back to ride HQ.

Sigma Sports Mendips Sportive reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Epic in 2019

    Let the registration give people their numbers as they trickle in, with everybody with their thumb up their arses and brain in neutral, it’s a waste of time. All your doing is creating a backlog, on a personal note the last feed station could be closer, as I only stop at one I used the coop about 80 miles out, but that’s just me. A well organised and well run ride it’s my second year and will be coming again.

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