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.
Starting just outside Glastonbury, this route takes you through spectacular Somerset, first heading north through a series of sheltered back lanes across the River Axe. The Wiggle Mendips sportive starts completely flat, and stays 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 climbs start. Youll take in just under 850ft of ascending in a short space of time theres no hiding the fact that this is steep. The views are worth it, though, and once youve 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 wont come for a while yet, as the route feeds through a series of secluded Somerset villages. Eventually youll pass through Blagdon, which is the final flat point before the next climb, which will take you higher than the last major one but doesnt take as much input, as youll have started from a hill-top position. Soon enough, its time to take in Cheddar Gorge in all its glory but will mean another major climb! Once youve passed this, its plain sailing back to ride HQ.
While the Wiggle Mendips Sportive can be considered tough - the Epic and Standard routes have some great climbs to tackle, including Cheddar Gorge - those with elevation phobia can always opt for our Short route. It might not take you through Cheddar but it is still equally beautiful and rewarding.