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Great Weston Ride 2015 Open for Entries and Looking to Break Records

by Nick Gregory

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Entry is now open for the 2015 Great Weston Ride, and after another runaway success this year, organisers expect that the event will attract a record number of entries for the sixth year in a row. 

The Great Weston Ride is a spectacular city-to-coast bike ride that takes place each summer in the West Country. Word of the event is certainly spreading fast, fuelled by tremendous feedback and plaudits year on year. The date for the next edition of the event has been confirmed as Sunday 19 July 2015; and to underline the ride's growing success and popularity, many of this year's entrants have already booked their places again for 2015. 

Ride Organiser, Darren McKimm commented: "This year's ride went fantastically well, we had over 1,000 people who entered as well as a huge number of supporters at the finish, and once again there was just a fantastic atmosphere about the whole day.  Off the back of that we've already seen a tremendous increase in the number of entries for 2015 compared with the same stage last year." 

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McKimm continued: "What was also particularly noticeable this year was the number of people travelling to the area to take part. As you might expect, the majority of participants are from the local Bristol and North Somerset area, but this year one in three riders were actually from further afield - including London, Birmingham, South Wales, and Devon. And we even had one intrepid soul who came all the way from Northern Ireland!" 

The Ride's spectacular 56-mile route starts in Bristol and then takes riders through some stunning countryside and picturesque Somerset villages as it charts its way through the Mendips and across the Somerset Levels to its final destination on the seafront in Weston-super-Mare. 

The event attracts all sorts of cyclists, from the very experienced right through to complete novices, and judging by the positive and wide-ranging comments from previous participants, there is general agreement that the Great Weston Ride has something to offer just about everyone. 

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Chris Henry, from Weston-super-Mare, summed it up: "It was a brilliant day with fantastic views and a great sense of achievement - such a well-organised introduction to mass participation cycling."  

Cyclosport's Jennifer Trotman reviewed the event this year - read her write up here

Many participants also use their efforts to fundraise for the ride's official charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK, who have received around £105,000 to date, while charity fundraising as a whole has now reached £165,000 since the event began in 2010. 

So if you're looking for a great cycling challenge and a fun day out in the West Country look no further than the 2015 Great Weston Ride. 

Further information and details on how to enter can be found at www.greatwestonride.com

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