Somerset Dipper Sportive

On Saturday 5 June John, Roger, Rod and Jerram took on the Somerset Dipper Sportive which starts in Wells and winds its way to Weston-super-Mare over the Somerset levels with one nasty ascent to negotiate. The route has a lovely section along the coast by the Bristol Channel where an ice cream stop in Weston was called for. Then back to Cheddar with another punchy climb to sap the legs and great views over the Somerset levels. Finally, the highlight of the route is to ride up Cheddar gorge up on to the Mendips. Rod went on to ride the longer option of 92 miles with 5,800 ft of climbing and a loop around the lakes. The longer route had two stops with ample refuelling supplies, including sandwiches at the second. John and Roger opted the shorter 69 mile route with 3,600 ft of climbing. It says on the web site it is one of the hardest hundred and certainly lived up to its name.

The Finisher medals were made of eco-friendly laser cut poplar plywood.