The Great Weston Ride is a challenging 57-mile recreational bike ride from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare via the Mendips and Somerset Levels, and it's been & gone for 2021 - the Ride took place this year on Sunday 18th July 2021, it was the TWELFTH edition of the GWR and it succeeded in building further on a great event in 2020 that managed to overcome some very substantial COVID-related challenges.
It's a truly spectacular route and the Ride is suitable for all sorts of riders, from complete novices to experienced, regular cyclists - it has something to offer everyone, and it's really about having fun and rising to your own personal challenge!
But don't just take our word for it - instead, spare a few minutes to read the comments and feedback from last year's riders on our '2020 Rider Comments' page. Hopefully this will give you all the encouragement and confidence you need to enter the 2022 Great Weston Ride once entry opens, and we look forward to you joining us on the start line for another great day's cycling in the West Country!
The Great Weston Ride is a fun yet challenging recreational bike ride that offers a significant physical challenge for the cyclist AND the opportunity for a fun day out by the sea with family and friends.
The ride starts in Bristol and then weaves its way along the highways and byways of North Somerset, following a spectacular course through the Mendips and across the Somerset Levels, before finally finishing on the seafront in Weston-super-Mare.
It's not a race, there's no official timing, and everyone's welcome to come along and sample the delights of the Somerset countryside en route to the coast - the objective is to enjoy the day and the sense of achievement that completing the ride will bring!
And the route itself is designed to appeal to everyone - experienced cyclists, recreational riders, commuters, and even non-cyclists who are willing to rise to a challenge. All you need is a bike, a bit of determination and a sense of adventure!
And, of course, with the ride ending by the sea it's the perfect opportunity for friends and family to meet the riders at the finish line, celebrate their achievement and then enjoy a family day out on the beach.
The ride itself takes place on predominantly quiet country roads, with a clearly-marked and marshalled route and full mechanical and medical support throughout.
Official refreshment stops are also provided, and of course for those of a more leisurely disposition there will be many other opportunities to stop and sample the famous West Country hospitality and/or take in the breathtaking scenery!
NB There will be a limit on the total number of places available for the 2022 Ride and please note that it is highly likely that the event will sell out in advance. Also, in the event that any further COVID-related field size restrictions are imposed ahead of the 2022 GWR, priority for confirmed entry in such circumstances will be assigned on a 'first come, first served' basis. Therefore, riders are strongly advised to enter early once the entry opens to avoid possible disappointment.