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Bristol - Monmouth Sportive

08/09/2013 - Portishead - Sportive

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The route for the Bristol - Monmouth Sportive will take riders from Gordano School in Portishead, through the local lanes until Failand  and then will cross the Clifton Suspension Bridge.You will cross the Bristol Downs and on through Shirehampton, then ride past Blaise Castle to Hallen and then across the flat Severn Vale to Tockington where you will climb up to Alveston. A lovely descent then follows to Aust, where you will cross the old Severn Bridge on the cycle path. 

Once into Wales you will ride through Bulwark to Chepstow and then climb through the Forest of Dean back into Gloucestershire to Coleford. A superb descent then follows down into Monmouth.

The climb out of Monmouth is truly one of the best climbs in the area. Fairly long at over 2 miles and steep enough to keep you working all the way without ever becoming too much. A couple of the hairpin bends are even Alpine like! After your efforts, you will be rewarded with a lovely undulating ride along the ridge above Tintern and the River Wye before the excellent descent back towards Usk and then a ride along the river valley towards Chepstow.

Once you have crossed the Severn Bridge again you will need to put in some hard effort if the wind is against you as you ride from Aust toward Avonmouth. Some quiet lanes will take you away from the main roads and bring you back to the Avonmouth Bridge which you will cross back towards Portishead. After the bridge you will ride back to Portbury and climb the final hill of the day, Portbury Lane, before descending back to the Gordano Valley and back to the school.

You will have climbed 1923m on the longer route.

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Gordano School
Address Line 2 St Mary's Close
Town Portishead
County Somerset
Postcode BS20 7QR

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