During PBP 2015 whilst touring back with ACB I got chatting about LEL and thought ‘we need a west version; Bristol Glasgow Bristol, with hills!’ Back home I brewed coffee and wedged myself under the stairs. That afternoon the backbone was there. Fettling ensued and a test ride and viola, one Big Gert Brevet!
WHEN:23/07/2021 - 28/07/2021 00:00 - 17:05
Easton, BS5 6NG
EVENT REVIEW SUMMARY:
Extensive route notes and a variety of files will be distributed to entrants via email a week or two before the event. In the mean time use the interactive map for an overview of what lies ahead (subject to change); toggle the elevation & grade on/off by clicking the key. *Please note plugin's 'grade' is experimental so take it with a pinch of salt, especially where rocky outcrops may be present.
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Depart at midnight from Bristol north and over the Severn Bridge into Wales for some hilly fun.
Back into England through Chester to the Forest of Bowland for the first night control.
Day 2 cross over the glorious but brutal Pennines; put ‘that question’ to bed! Up to Keilder Forest and the border into Scotland for the final push of the day to Lochaber and the 2nd night control.
Day 3 and you pass Clattershaw to Loch Troon to head north into Ayrshire then into Glasgow, time to return. 3rd night control back at Lochaber.
Day 4 and it is back into England and the Lake District for the infamous Hardknott & Wrynose Passes. Edge Windermere then back to the Forest of Bowland and descend the Trough for your 4th night’s control.
Day 5+ has a selection of remote cobbled moorlands, the Nick of Pendal, some urban sprawl around north Manchester and Snake Pass into the Peak District then a bit of relief passing Chatsworth House. Where you choose to sleep tonight is up to you; or press on through Derby, Stratford apon Avon then, to rub salt into your wounds, The Cotswolds for the final slog back to Bristol!
Various surfaces involved but primarily road. Test rode with 25mm tyre first time.
X-rated but there will be bag drops at each night control.
Camping at each night control; bring your own kit.
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What others think.
Where does he find these #wills_hills? Not one for the faint hearted! Em and I rode it on our own. We had lots of darkeness due to our start time, but what we did see until the turnaround point was breathtaking. So many incredible places I hadn’t been before. One of my highlights has to be the toll road. Such a great challenge – this route won’t fail to deliver.
Excellent early season 400
Yes, 400 – with the late start this is an excellent ECE opportunity. Ridden twice, thoroughly enjoyed the route, controls and riding companions. Caffeine tablets recommended! Looking forward to next time…