The North Wessex Downs

200km cycling event starting from Cleve RFC, The Hayfields, Bristol. Controls at Marlborough: Mercer's cafe, Hilliers Yard, Hurstbourne Tarrant: general store next to Texaco garage and Pewsey: The Little Lunch Box, plus 2 information controls.

This ride starts on the East side of Bristol and explores the North Wessex Downs through Wiltshire and Berkshire.

From the start the route heads east into Wiltshire through Malmesbury and onto Minety before turning south to the Marlborough and North Wessex Downs where you climb Clyffe Pypard followed by, Hackpen Hill. You will have sight of one Wiltshire’s white horses. Cross the ancient Ridgeway path at the top of Hackpen before a lovely run into Marlborough and the first control at Mercer’s Cafe. The next stage follows the B road to Hungerford and then on to minor roads and the climb at Combe Gibbet, the replica gibbet can be seen on your right as you crest the hill (the original was erected in 1676, gruesome history fans can find details here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combe_Gibbet). The climb features in Simon Warren’s top 100 UK cycling climbs and on a good day there are stunning views in all directions. There’s a great descent to Hurstbourne Tarrant where you can pick up a receipt at the garage store before turning west toward Bristol. The final control is at the Applecart Cafe in Pewsey where a decent feed will fuel you for the 65km back to Bristol, you should catch site of another horse at Alton Barnes. No entries on the line - the event is now full Route on Ride With GPS https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31338059

Distance:
200 km   in 13h20
Date:
Saturday 26th October 2019
Time:
07:00   to finish by 20:20
Starting from:
Cleve RFC, The Hayfields , Bristol
Fee:
£5.50   ( )
Closing date:
Entries now closed.

Sunrises:
07:50 BST
Sunsets:
17:57 BST
Weather:
Metcheck
Start:
Shown on map below.
Start Map

Facilities:
G P T
Organiser:
Jon Banks
Body:
Audax Club Bristol
Entries to:
Jon Banks
(event closed - contact details removed)
Phone:
Speeds:
15-30 kph
AAA:
0
Total Climb:
2050m
Event No:
19-592
Category:
BR
Email:


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Routesheet:
Download 592r.zip updated 20.10.19
GPS:
Download 592g.zip updated 20.10.19
If you intend to navigate using GPS, please remember that this event includes 2 Information controls - check the Routesheet