Short Course Details
Bristol: 1st September 2013
Bristol Belter powered by ThermaTech™ Road Sportive 2013 – short course
Distance: approx. 115km
Climbing: approx. 1,300m
Feed: approx. 42 and TBC km
There will be two feeding stations on the Standard Sportive (approx. 115km) route at approximately 42 and TBC km.
The event will start and finish once again at the Redwood Lodge Hotel, near to Ashton Court (home of the Bristol BikeFest and Britain's only suburban mountain bike course). The routes are designed to encompass all the well known and not so well known ascents (and descents) the area has to offer. The courses head off into North Somerset following the coast, across moorland and climbing up to the top of the Mendips (3 times). Tackling technically demanding roads, with fantastic views of the Bristol Channel and key roads of past Tour of Britain cycle races.
The route heads southwest along Beggar Bush Lane B3129 turning right onto the B3128 at the 1st traffic lights heading towards Portishead. After approximately 1km the course leaves to the right making its way along undulating lanes until you reach the village of Portbury. At the centre of Portbury the course heads along quiet lanes before turning right at Clapton in Gordano towards Portishead before joining the B3124. Turn left towards Clevedon for a short distance then turning right up the short and sharp Valley Road past Avon & Somerset Police HQ., at the top the views of the Severn Estuary open up in front of you as you head southwest along the coast road eventually re-joining the B3124 at Walton in Gordano. Continue south to skirt the southern edge of Clevedon then on to enjoy the flat and peaceful roads of Kenn Moor for several miles, which make it perfect for getting the legs warmed up for the first of the climbs.
Goblin Combe is the first steady climb of the day. The initial couple of steep short steps turn into long false flats leading to a slight kick at the top. At the top is a fast flat section where riders will find the 1st feed station. From here the views of up and coming Mendips are laid out in front of you. After a fast descent down Wrington Hill and through Wrington the ride will carry on south heading towards the western edge of Blagdon Lake. Making its way around the lake the riders come through Butcombe (here the MINI splits from the other 2 courses) Ubley, Blagdon before turning left off the A 368 towards the start of the famous Burrington Combe climb. `
Burrington Combe is Cheddar Gorges' lesser known twin, at 4km (2.5mi) long, and a few false horizons thrown into the mix it can be just as much of a challenge as the famous gorge. At the top you turn right heading in the direction of Shipham with fabulous views from the Mendips across to Wales. The road then follows the contours of the Mendips creating a perfect breather on the long winding descending roads all the way to the bottom of Cheddar Gorge.
Cheddar Gorge is situated on the southwest side of the Mendips with the B3135 road running along the bottom. The near-vertical rock face comes straight up out of the ground at touching distance to a height of 137metres (449ft). What with the view and the occasional goat, you'd be forgiven to think you where in the Alps. The 5km (2.5mi) long climb (the venue for the National Hill Climb Championships in 2007) rises 300 metres with one brutal section in particular to really strain those muscles. After a while the road level does level out and you will be able to settle into a rhythm and enjoy the view. Here the short course splits again heading straight on the B3371 towards the western side of the Chew Valley Lake taking in the flat and fast road into Chew Stoke where it re-joins the long course. The 2nd feed is situated just a mile or so outside the village.
The course now heads west on quiet country (the mini course re-joins along this stretch) lanes slowly climbing up towards Bristol Airport. The route is bumpy until it joins the A38 just north of the village of Felton. Turn right to enjoy the last of the descents, on your way through Barrow Gurney to Long Ashton. From here the route then heads east through Long Ashton before riding into one of the historic entry gates of Ashton Court. From here the ride climbs up to the very top of Ashton Court. Now it is only a short ride around the outside of the Court before turning back into Redwood Lodge for a deserved finishing present as well as some refreshments.
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Bristol Belter powered by ThermaTech™ Road Sportive will start from 8.00am onwards on Sunday the 1st September 2013 at the Redwood Lodge Country Club located on the edge of Ashton Court in Bristol. The start will stay open for two hours.
Registration opening times:
Sunday from 7.30am - 10am
The entry fee for the approx. 155km and 115km long Bristol Belter powered by ThermaTech™ is £27 per rider.
Your entry fee for the Bristol Belter Road Sportive includes:
- Ride entry
- Electronic chip timing
- Free usage of service stations
- Free usage of facilities
- Finishing present