George’s Delightful Roads 160

Head north from Bristol nestled between the Severn & the Cotswolds through Gloucester to Taynton. Follow roads around the Forest of Dean before up George’s Delight then back across the Severn Bridge.

Hambrook [nr Frenchay], City of Bristol | Sat 11th Dec 2021 @ 07:45

BRIEF:

Head north from Bristol nestled between the Severn & the Cotswolds through Gloucester to Taynton. Follow roads around the Forest of Dean before up George’s Delight then back across the Severn Bridge.

WHEN: +iCal
Sat 11th December 2021
07:45 - 20:43
WHERE:
Gary Harris Cycles
Common Mead Ln
Hambrook [nr Frenchay], BS16 1QQ
EVENT REVIEW SUMMARY:
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Validation:
BP
Award Distance:
150
Total Distance:
162km
Speeds:
12.5-25kph
AAA: 0.00
Rainbow Flat
Climb:
1697m

Reviews

What others think.

Good winter route

Rated 5 out of 5
10th February 2020

I rode this in December 2018. It’s a well organised ride with a higher number of stops than you might usually expect (four, with two of them ‘free’ controls). This makes it much more of a day out than a race round, but I felt was a real help given the colder conditions. Basically riding a couple of hours between each stop. Some challenging climbs, and be prepared for messy winter lanes. Great fun!

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Delightful by name...

Rated 5 out of 5
4th February 2020

Was lucky enough to ride this as a route check/change with the organiser. The route heads anti-clockwise from Bristol into Wiltshire and the stunning Lacock Abbey before climbing Northwards over the Cotswolds, with a new diversion at Stroud giving a lovely view behind you as you crest the not insubstantial climb.
After crossing the Severn at Gloucester, you pass over the Northern tip of the Forest of Dean before hitting the Wye Valley, with a stunning view of Goodrich Castle to your right.
Hitting the infamous George’s Delight climb at dusk around 170km into a relatively hilly ride is definitely interesting. It’s narrow, so you can’t weave, and the steepest parts are tree-covered, meaning it stays damp and debris-strewn at that time of year. Add in a nicely rutted surface and you have a pretty serious test. In the end the fact it was dark might help slightly as you don’t know when it’s going to end!
The next section back to Chepstow is an old favourite and with the tunnel vision of night riding and barely another car on the road it felt fast and amazing – almost like flying.
Crossing the Severn Bridge in the dark is always fun, less so the final punchy climb back up to Bristol. A great and varied/interesting winter loop!

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