Please read below for details of arrangements on the day of the Ride:
Riders are welcome to arrive at the Park & Ride (BS3 2HB - see 'Event Info' page for map) from 7.30am onwards to get ready for the Ride. It is advisable to arrive 20-30 minutes before your preferred departure time, and the first riders will set off at 8am.
If you've booked the morning transport service from Weston-Super-Mare to take you to the start please note that this departs at 7.15am from outside the Tropicana on Weston seafront (BS23 1BE) - please be there for 7am to allow time to load your bike and get on the bus.
Toilet facilities will be available at the Park & Ride, and mechanical support will be on hand should anyone need any last-minute adjustments to their bike.
Riders whose 'Rider Details' forms have been received in advance will simply need to turn up at the appropriate Registration desk (alphabetical by surname - please be careful to go to the right desk!); collect their rider number and free protein balls; attach the rider number to the front of their bike; and then make their way to the start. No need to bring any paperwork (other than the route description, if you wish)!
NB IF RIDER DETAILS HAVE NOT BEEN RECEIVED RIDERS WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE FORM BEFORE SETTING OFF. (This will obviously involve a delay so if you haven't done it yet please submit your details ASAP via the 'Rider Details' form on the website).
The last time for departure is 9.30am, so riders should aim to arrive at the Park & Ride no later than 9am.
Please refer to the 'Support Services' section of the website for a reminder of what support is available on the route - riders should pay particular attention to the section on 'Signage'. And please remember that riders must abide by the Highway Code AT ALL TIMES, and it is encumbent on everyone to ride in a careful and considerate manner throughout.
Any problems whatsoever, please contact the organisers via the Rider Support numbers provided (see below).
Remember it's not a race - so please feel free to go at your own pace and enjoy the route and the sights it has to offer. And, based on the feedback from previous events, we'd strongly encourage EVERYONE to call in at the second refreshment stop at Hugh Sexey School to sample the wonderful homemade cakes and bacon rolls on offer - by all accounts, definitely not to be missed! (There will also be tea and coffee on offer for all riders at the school).
After completing the Ride, there will be food & drink facilities available all afternoon on the Beach Lawns for the exclusive use of Great Weston Ride participants and their supporters, and all riders will be presented with a 2019 Great Weston Ride medal AND a token for free hot food.
Please note that family/friends/supporters etc who are meeting riders are also more than welcome to access the facilities to purchase food and drink.
Families/friends who are meeting riders at the end should be able to park very close to the finish area, either along the seafront (Marine Parade) in the parking bays, or indeed on the beach itself (the area near the Tropicana being closest to the finish). Please note that there is a charge for parking in these areas. Alternatively, there may be some free on-street parking available in the vicinity, but this is fairly limited and will be further away from the finish line. Please don't park illegally - we don't want your day spoiled by a parking ticket!
Anyone who has booked transport back to Bristol after the Ride will have the option of FIVE services, with intended hourly departures from 1.15pm until 5.15pm. (Naturally, times are approximate and, as this is a shuttle service, we are somewhat at the mercy of the traffic - we'd ask riders to understand that we can't control this, but will do our best to run as close to these times as possible).
To access the service, if you've pre-booked simply turn up at the coach 15 minutes or so before your preferred departure time - you don't need a ticket, simply identify yourself (you'll be on the transport list), load your bike onto one of the vans, and then just take a seat!
IF YOU HAVEN'T BOOKED THIS SERVICE IN ADVANCE WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOU A PLACE ON THE COACH.
Rider Support Numbers - 07391 209458 (for general assistance) or 07391 209459 (emergency or medical assistance ONLY).
If you need to contact us FOR ANY REASON please use the appropriate number above. These numbers will be printed on the reverse of the individual rider numbers handed out at sign-in, but riders are also advised to enter these numbers into their phones in advance.
Riders are also advised to read the Conditions of Entry below ahead of the Ride:
And all riders please note - vehicles left at the Park & Ride MUST be removed by 6.15pm latest, after which time the gates will be locked. Anyone wishing to remove a car after the gates have been locked will experience a significant delay AND will also be faced with a substantial penalty charge.
Finally - enjoy the Ride, and have a great day out!