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Somerset Hills Gran Fondo

04/05/2014 - Cheddar, Somerset - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 88.0% based on 5 reviews

The Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo incorporate a few flat sections, but it is about maximum output, testing climbs and exciting descents. Both disciplines take in the breathtaking Mendip, Quantock and Exmoor hills. These great rides embody all the comraderie, fun, good cheer and natural beauty that are the heart and soul of cycling.

Full support is on offer to all riders with a mix of roving mechanical and medical support, feed Zones manned by cheerful volunteers serving sandwiches, fruit and drinks. All we need to garnish this are enthusiastic energetic paticipants who wish to improve on previous times, challenge themselves, their friends and teammates.

The Cheddar team who organised the Somerset Hills Gran Fondo for the past three years are excited to announce that they shall be "doing it all again" for 2014.  The date for next year is Sunday 4th May 2014. The 86km Piccolo Fondo proved to be very popular, especially for new and beginner riders. It is our intention to include this popular route for 2014.

Just for fun here is some interesting stats;

  • We put up and took down 428 arrows (signs) in four days
  • Over 700 zip ties
  • 522 cars parked within a maximum of 350 meters from the sign on
  • 60 gateaux's, or 1,100 portions, consumed by riders returning
  • 1,400 bananas, polished off at feed stops
  • 840 pieces of fresh orange
  • 12 kilo's of peanuts
  • 6 kilo's of raisins
  • 2,000 sachet's of salt
  • 944 energy bars
  • 1,354 flap jacks, caramel shortcakes. rocky roads!
  • 2,080 assorted muffins
  • 1,040 sausage rolls
  • 640 tuc biscuits
  • 60 pints of milk for finisher's tea and coffee
  • The roving tech support covered 206 miles during the event
  • The total distance cycled by our participants = 113,524k
  • Distance covered marking out and clearing down, over 600 miles
  • The total distance cycled by our participants = 113,524k
  • Or the distance equates to cycling around the earth 2.83 times or cycling around the moon 10.40 times......Ouch!!
  • Or, if you really need to know cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats 59.75 times or indeed the Great Wall of China 2.83 times
  • Staggering, all that attention to detail.........just for you

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Broadway House Holiday Park
Address Line 2 A371
Town Cheddar
County Somerset
Postcode BS27 3DB
Organiser Details
Name Somerset Hills Gran Fondo
Email Email Hidden
County Antrim

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