|Long Ashton start|
The man in the van arrived with the bikes and I was soon on my way. As its a charity event there were lots of different types of riders and bikes and not all lycra clad racing snakes on carbon racing steeds. The route took us through Barrow Gurney and past Chew Valley lakes before turning off onto a particularly rough road near Harptree. Another hill at Blagdon and through to the first stop at the bottom of Burrington Combe. I seem to be taking longer to warm up and I was glad of the break as my back was aching a bit. A quick breather and refuel and off up the combe, the big climb of the day, past the Rock of Ages but no sign of Tom Cruise ;) The lower part of the climb is deceptively steep but I soon got in my rhythm and quite enjoyed spinning up, the last part was a bit steeper but my aches had disappeared now and I was actually passing people pushing which would of been me a year or so ago. Along the top of the Mendips now and through the village of Priddy which took me to the great descent down to the levels but not before stopping to take a pic of the view.
|View of Glastonbury and the levels|
|Avg Speed:||13.8 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||2,301 ft|