SWOF cycling challenges

Explore more of Cheddar Gorge by mountain bike

Whether you're speediest on or off road, if you're happiest when you're on 2 wheels then SWOF has a challenge for you this year.

Mountain Biking

Mendip Murmuration

Cost: £35
Description: Bikers of a feather flock together, and the Mendip Murmuration mixed-terrain MTB sportive event is set to prove that, as riders explore a challenging new route around Cheddar’s hills and lanes, and along the sensational singletrack that spiders across beautiful Black Down and flows into the fantastic forest playground of Rowberrow Warren. The main course is 32km (20 miles), but an optional extra loop will take more adventurous riders long an additional 16km (10 miles) of cracking terrain that loops lovely Crook Peak and traces more of the magical Mendip Way. Maps and more course information here.
Provider: Channel Events
Location: Start/Finish: South West Outdoor Festival hub, Warren Farm, Blagdon, Charterhouse, BS40 7XR
Date and time: 9 September 2017, 10am
Addition information: The inaugural Mendip Murmuration is being held on Saturday 9 September. You can choose between a 20 mile and 30 mile route – this can be decided on the day depending on how you are feeling. A dual-suspension or hardtail mountain bike is required. Drink stations will be provided, but riders should carry any food and drink they may require. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Road Cycling

Bristol Belter 

Cost: £24–£29
Description: Choose between 70km, 100km and 160km distances for this sensational road sportive through the stunning and iconic terrain of the Cotswolds and the Mendips. Note: the Bristol Belter is an externally run event, which starts and finishes from the Fry Club in Keynsham, around 10 miles from the SWOF festival site, and participants will need to arrange their own transport. The route does pass directly though Cheddar Gorge, just below the festival site, where a feed station will be positioned. 
Provider: Bikefest Events
Location: Start/Finish: Fry Club, Keynsham
Date and time: Sunday 10 September 2017, time 7–9am (self seeded)
Addition information: You will need a road bike and a reasonable level of fitness to take on any of the distances offered by the Bristol Belter challenge, but especially for the full Belter, a tough but and rewarding 100-mile (160km) lap of the Cotswolds and Mendips. Check out the website for full details of this amazing event, being run by our friends at Bike Fest.

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