Author Archives: Dave Harmer

Wednesday Evening Ride: 29th June 2022

What better way to spend the last Wednesday Evening of June than a bicycle ride up the iconic Cheddar Gorge? All the tourists will have gone home so it’ll just be us and the goats! As if that wasn’t enough, we return via Blagdon lake, the vineyards of the Aldwick Estate and if we’re in the mood, we’ll finish with a bit of a chaingang  down the A370. What’s not to like!

It’s an open ride once again this week, so everyone’s welcome. See you outside Priory School 18:00

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39929463

Total distance: 32.94 mi
Max elevation: 911 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 2647 ft
Total descent: -2656 ft
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Wednesday Evening Ride: 22nd June 2022

It’s the longest Wednesday of the year this week, and the weather forecast couldn’t be better. So why not pump up the tyres on your “best” bike, and come along for a mid-week ride. This week we climb Backwell Hill, box around the end of the airport runway, and then enjoy a long descent down into Wrington. It’s another Luke route - so it’s sure to ride well.

Once more it’s an open ride, so everyone’s welcome. Hopefully see you outside Priory School at 18:00

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39894186

Total distance: 34.04 mi
Max elevation: 654 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 1618 ft
Total descent: -1618 ft
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Wheelers C2C2C Ride: 18th June 2022

Something a bit different this weekend - a 116 mile Coast to Coast to Coast ride, from Weston Seafront, down to Lyme Regis, then back to Weston!

The route’s been test ridden this week, road closures checked for, and most importantly - Fish’n chips quality tested. All it needs now is some fine people to come along and ride it.

Planned stops are:
North Curry Community Cafe: @ 30 miles
Lyme Regis Seafront: @ 58 miles
The Feed Station Merriot: @ 77 miles

It’s always difficult to know how many riders will turn up for a ride like this. One thing’s for sure, there’ll be a mix of abilities, which makes keeping a big group together tricky - and frustrating for some. If there’s a decent turnout I propose to lead a “no drop” rear group, and have either a forward group with nominated leader, or just allow the forward group(s) to form organically on the road - let’s see what the numbers are on Saturday. The bottom line is it’s not a school trip - if you feel like pressing on and being first to the chippy, you should absolutely do it. The working assumption on the day will be, if you’re up ahead, you’re fine.

The route makes good use of lanes to avoid main roads. Expect the usual country lane hazards: gravel, pot holes, horses, oncoming traffic etc etc. Watch your speed around blind bends and be mindful of stopping distances and riders behind you.

A couple of time constraints:

The North Curry Café doesn’t open until 10am - fly across the levels too quickly, and you might have to wait a few minutes.

The Feed Station Café closes at 16:30. Chill out in Lyme Regis too long - and you’ll be drinking your coffee from a cardboard cup outside a petrol station! ( ideally, leave Lyme by about 14:15 )

Meet up outside The Grand Pier, ready to roll at 08:00. Should be fun!

https://www.komoot.com/tour/752094558

Total distance: 116.51 mi
Max elevation: 780 ft
Min elevation: 8 ft
Total climbing: 4488 ft
Total descent: -4489 ft
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Wednesday Evening Ride: 15th June 2022

All the weather forecasters are promising beautiful conditions this Wednesday. So why not get that bike out and give yourself the midweek treat of a summers evening ride? With the C2C2C ride on Saturday, we’ve chosen a fairly easy route this week. The main feature is Cleeve hill, a pleasant and steady climb up through Kings Wood.
Once again it’s an open ride, so all are welcome. See you outside Priory School at 18:00

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39799511

Total distance: 30.9 mi
Max elevation: 514 ft
Min elevation: 10 ft
Total climbing: 1319 ft
Total descent: -1319 ft
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Wednesday Evening Ride: 8th June 2022

A long descent from Longbottom up on the Mendips, pretty much all the way back to Sandford is the main feature of this week’s ride – so why not come along and give those little springs in your freehub a workout!  I’m sure there must be a climb in there somewhere, but seriously, these are the Mendips not the Alps – how hard can it be?

Once more it’s an open ride this week, so everyone’s welcome. See you outside Priory School at 18:00

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39716315

Total distance: 33.13 mi
Max elevation: 911 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 1778 ft
Total descent: -1781 ft
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Wednesday Evening Ride: 1st June 2022

After a couple of easier weeks, I’ve been inundated with requests for something a bit tastier ( honest! ). So this weeks route includes a feature climb: Nash Hill!!

Actually, it’s not that bad – a bit steep, but not for long, and the rest of the route is pretty flat.

It’s an open ride, which means everyone's welcome to come along – so hopefully see you outside Priory school at 18:00

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33975039

Total distance: 32.75 mi
Max elevation: 469 ft
Min elevation: 10 ft
Total climbing: 1532 ft
Total descent: -1535 ft
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Wednesday Evening Ride: 25th May 2022

This weeks Wednesday ride is the not too hilly and not too flat “Goldilocks” route, a loop out to Mark and back via Chapel Allerton and Loxton. We were going to ride it a few weeks back, but it didn’t really happen because of 45mph winds on the night – with a bit of luck it’ll be second time lucky!


It’s an open ride, so everyone’s welcome. Hopefully see you outside Priory at 18:00

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38898949

Total distance: 31.86 mi
Max elevation: 207 ft
Min elevation: 10 ft
Total climbing: 1421 ft
Total descent: -1414 ft
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Wednesday Evening Ride: 18th May 2022

After the challenging climbs of the last few weeks, something a bit more inclusive this Wednesday. An easy pedalling 30 miler around Kingston Seymour and the moors of Kenn and Puxton. Other than a couple of undulation to stitch the route together, it’s a proper pancake ride 😊

Everyone’s welcome - see you outside Priory school at 18:00

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39422636

Total distance: 31.64 mi
Max elevation: 135 ft
Min elevation: 10 ft
Total climbing: 863 ft
Total descent: -866 ft
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Wednesday Evening Ride: 11th May 2022

After Star Wars Day last week, Google tells me this Wednesday is national Eat What You Like Day!  Excellent! But before you touch that delivery app, consider for a moment Thursday morning - when you come downstairs to all those discarded junk food containers in the kitchen - oh the guilt! the remorse!  The solution is obvious; simply inoculate yourself again the guilt and subsequent remorse, with a couple of hours out on the bike Wednesday evening!

Thanks to Lucas once again for this week’s route suggestion, a climb up from Wrington and around the back of the airport on Winters lane – should be a cracker.

The Weather’s looking good and everyone’s welcome. See you outside Priory school at 18:00

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39352761

Total distance: 30.72 mi
Max elevation: 653 ft
Min elevation: 13 ft
Total climbing: 1522 ft
Total descent: -1529 ft
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Wednesday Evening Ride 4th May 2022

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that’s it’s National Star Wars Day this Wednesday. But rather than dig out that old Wookiee costume you bought for New Year’s Eve 1999, why not come along for a Wednesdays evening ride, and use the “Force” to tackle a “Chewie” climb up onto the Mendips. 

The weather looks good and everyone’s welcome - so see you outside side Priory School at 18:00.

https://www.strava.com/routes/22318641

Total distance: 33.17 mi
Max elevation: 902 ft
Min elevation: 10 ft
Total climbing: 1896 ft
Total descent: -1896 ft
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