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Black Rat Challenge 2013

19/05/2013 - Bristol, Somerset - Sportive

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The Black Rat Challenge features two routes - 100km and 100 miles. Both start from Gordano School in Portishead, just 5 mins from J19 of the M5.

Starting at Gordano School in Portishead, just 5 mins from J19 of the M5, both routes take you along a fairly flat road to the village of Portbury. Here awaits the first climb of the day - Failand Lane. It is not too tough to start with but it is long and by the top you will know that you have been climbing. Following the climb you will then descend Belmont Hill, which is fast and straight at the top but beware of some tight bends at the bottom!

Quiet lanes will then take you through Nailsea to Cleve. A sharp climb up through Goblin Combe awaits you here, with a particularly steep (but thankfully short) section as you pass through the woods. This is followed by a steep descent down Wrington Hill to the village of Wrington.

After crossing the A38, you will reach the first feed station at Bad Ass Bikes, where a selection of sweet and savoury food  plus energy drinks is available for you. (toilets are also available here) Your next test, straight out of the feed station will be the climb of Burrington Combe - one of our favourite climbs on the Mendips. It is long and draggy rather than super steep but a really good climb nonetheless.

At the top of Burrington Combe, the two routes split, with 100 mile riders turning left to Blagdon and 100km riders turning right towards the top of Cheddar Gorge.

100 mile riders will descend the steep road leading to Blagdon and continue from the village down to the lake. From here, quiet lanes will take you through Ubley to Chew Valley Lake and on to Chew Magna, where you will then head through Stanton Drew and back towards the Mendips, climbing through Hinton Blewitt and then on to East Harptree and up Smithams Hill.

Once on top of the Mendips, your route will take you down into Wells and along the Somerset Levels to Wedmore before the next feed stop at Easton Village Hall. Take a rest here because next you will be climbing back up the steep Ebbor Gorge to Priddy and on to the top of Cheddar Gorge where you will meet up with 100km riders once more.

After descending Cheddar Gorge, all riders will head through Axbridge and on to Winscombe and then to Congresbury and Yatton, where you will turn towards Kingston Seymour and the very flat roads of Kenn Moor. From the moor, you will ride into Clevedon and past the sea front before climbing up past the golf course as you leave the town.

The last climb of the day is up what is known locally as the Coast Road, between Clevedon and Portishead. This offers fantastic views of the Bristol Channel and South Wales. After climbing up, you will desend Valley Road back to Portishead and a final flat 500m to the school grounds and the finish area.

All riders will be timed with the latest electronic timing equipment.

You will have climbed 1320m on the 100km course and 2341m on the 100 mile course - not a bad day's work by anyone's standard!

At the event HQ, there will be hot food and drink available as well as a unique gift and of course the famous Black Rat cider, which every rider is entitled to sample free of charge. 

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Gordano School
Address Line 2 St Mary's Road
Town Portishead
County Bristol
Postcode BS20 7QR
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

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