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Registration Open for 2016 Great Weston Ride After Record-Breaking Year

by Nick Gregory

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One of this year's Great Weston Ride participants posed the question: "Why didn't I do the GWR before? It's like London to Brighton only smaller and better - a little gem" and it seems that this was a representative assessment of how riders felt about this year's event. 

With registration now open for the 2016 event, there's every likelihood that the GWR will repeat the feat of the last six years and attract a record number of entries again next time around, not least thanks to the very high number of repeat visits from an ever-expanding band of loyal participants. 

One such returning rider this year was Cyclosport's own Jennifer Trotman, who has completed every edition of the GWR. Despite having so many Grest Weston Rides under her belt she's showing no signs of fatigue with the event, this year commenting that: "once again the Great Weston Ride turned out to be a really nice day out." 

For those unfamiliar with the event, the Great Weston Ride is a spectacular city-to-coast challenge ride that takes place each summer in the West Country. The next outing for the event has been confirmed for Sunday 17 July 2016. 

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


The event attracts all sorts of cyclists, from the very experienced right through to complete novices and there is general agreement that the Great Weston Ride has something to offer just about everyone, especially if they are looking for a great day out as well as a personal challenge. 

This year also saw the introduction of a major new development for the Ride with a choice of no fewer than EIGHT route options for riders, and this really seems to have whetted the appetite of many. 

Ride Organiser, Darren McKimm, commented: "We attract lots of people for whom the GWR is their first significant cycling challenge, and we're also seeing more and more people coming back each year for another go - it speaks volumes for what people think of the event, and there's every indication already that this trend will continue in 2016."  

McKimm continued: "We're always looking to make improvements if we can, so we introduced a few route innovations this year to add a bit of variety and spice things up a bit, and it's fair to say that these were very well-received - so much so that they'll almost certainly be back again for 2016!" 

Another major aspect of the GWR is its fundraising dimension - the Ride's official charity partner is Prostate Cancer UK and it has received around £130,000 to date from the event, while charity fundraising as a whole has now passed £200,000 since the inaugural edition in 2010. 

So, if you're looking for a great cycling challenge and a fun day out why not have a crack at the 2016 Great Weston Ride.

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