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Great Weston Ride On Course for Record Breaking Year

by Nick Gregory

With just five months to go until the 2014 Great Weston Ride, the highly-rated West Country challenge is well on course for another bumper year, and looks set to surpass the 1,000-rider mark for the first time. 

Ride Organiser, Darren McKimm, commented: "We've already seen a huge amount of interest in this year's Ride with entries way ahead of the same stage last year, and as a consequence we're currently looking at increasing the entry limit that we've set for 2014." 

He continued: "We'll do it in a managed way to maintain the same very high standards of safety and enjoyment for everyone, but obviously we're delighted to see so many people showing an interest and joining in this year and it all bodes well for another fantastic event atmosphere on the day."


McKimm concluded: "It's also pleasing to see that the Ride continues to attract people from across the spectrum in terms of cycling experience and their reasons for taking part. One guy is coming back this year having lost three stone in weight since doing last year's Ride, and cycling has played a major part in that. We've also got a group of 14 coming up from Devon to ride in support of our official charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK, because one of their colleagues has been affected by the disease. People are coming from further afield to take the GWR challenge, so word is clearly spreading." 

This year's Great Weston Ride is taking place on Sunday, 20th July 2014 and the scenic 56-mile route starts in Bristol and then takes riders through some stunning countryside and picturesque Somerset villages on its way through the Mendips and across the Somerset Levels to its final destination on the seafront in Weston-super-Mare. 


The Ride has been described by some as a West Country version of the famous London to Brighton bike ride, and while it's much smaller in size, it shares many of the same characteristics so it may well be on its way to achieving the same iconic status. 

It's not difficult to understand why the event is growing so rapidly, and another sell-out year seems destined to be on the cards for 2014. 

Further information on the Great Weston Ride, and details on how to enter, can be found at