The 2016 Bike Bath Routes
These are the provisional routes for the event and are pending local authority approval. They are also subject to change should conditions dictate.
The 80 Mile Route
Leaving Bath, the 80 mile route heads south through Midford, Hinton Charterhouse and Norton Saint Philip before passing through the historic town of Frome. Continuing southwards, the route goes to the south of Longleat Forest before heading east to the first feed station at Sutton Veny at 28 miles. The glorious ride through the Wylye Valley is one of the highlights of the route before heading it heads north and crosses Salisbury plain to West Lavington and onto the second feed station. The route then weaves its way to Lacock village, a place almost entirely owned by the National Trust which attracts many visitors due to its unspoiled appearance. From Lacock, the route winds its way back to Bath through pretty Wiltshire villages.
The 50 Mile Route
On leaving Bath, the 50 mile route heads through the lumpy southern suburbs of the city before heading east to Bradford-on-Aven and on towards Hilperton and the Keevil airfield. It then joins up with the 80 mile ride and heads north to the feed station at Rowde and onto the historic village of Lacock, a village which is almost entirely owned by the National Trust. Lacock's other claims to fame are for being the film location for Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice. Once out of Lacock the final leg of the route takes riders westwards through pretty Wiltshire villages before arriving back in Bath.
The Curo 25 Mile Route
Curo is a not-for-profit housing and support organisation based in Bath, providing affordable homes and high quality care and support services across the West of England. They manage nearly 13,000 homes and are building hundreds of new homes every year.
The 25 mile route takes riders out of Bath on the Bath-to-Bristol railway path before branching off at Saltford and heading south towards Marksbury, Farmborough and Timsbury. This stretch of the route is particularly lumpy and those riding with youngsters or new to cycling are advised to look closely at the route before embarking on it. Riders then head back towards Bath and from Midford follow the old railway line into the city via the two tunnels, a spectacular ride and a great achievement for those new or novice riders.
Costs for the event are as follows:
80 miles £33
50 miles £33
25 miles £20
There is also a small online booking fee.
If the event is not fully subscribed, on the day entry will be available.
There will be a small charge of £10 for under 16′s and they must ride the sportive with a parent or guardian.
Please ensure that children are only entered for distances which they have ridden before over similar terrain. A parental consent form will also need to be filled in for all children taking part.