Bike Bath is an annual event that invites riders from all over the county to take part in a number of sportives that are held over two days. Cyclists get the opportunity to choose the 20, 30, 60 or 100 mile route through the beautiful countryside of Somerset and at the same time raising money for some great charities.
With the support of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (the architecture practice I work for), a couple of friends from the office and I took on the 60mile (100km) circuit. Setting off from the centre of Bath we headed through Saltford, out to Chew Manga and then climbed the hill to Burrington Combe. Before returning across the Mendip Hills, we were rewarded with amazing panoramic views. A much needed 5-6 mile plateau followed with a steady descent back to Bath.
We were very spoilt along the way with ‘feed stations’ every 20 miles, loading us up with pasta, cheese, biscuits and lots and lots of flapjacks! After 60 miles we returned into the city centre a bit soggy but the sound of clapping and cheering kept us going as we crossed the finish line. Despite the stiff knees we parked up and headed straight to the bar, refuelled and sat back watching the hundreds of riders that followed.
I couldn’t have hoped for a better Saturday morning bike ride! See you next year Bike Bath!
*This post was written by Michael!*