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The Cheddar team who organised the May 2011 and 2012 Somerset Hills Gran Fondos are excited to announce that we shall be “doing it again” for 2013. Our date for next year is Sunday 5th May. Our first Gran Fondos were a great success, not because we had hundreds of riders, but because everything ran smoothly. We had very few complaints, and plenty of useful suggestions on how we could improve the day. We shall be improving our signage, feed stations and mechanical support. Number boards will be used, to identify all our riders for safety, and to ensure all support and facilities are exclusive to you. All routes will be tweaked and changed to reduce main roads and towns.
For 2013 we are introducing a new 86km route “Piccolo Fondo” for new and beginner riders and folk who enjoy a lesser distance. This will include a Taste of the Mendips and the Somerset Levels. The Piccolo Fondo is for 16 years and over.
Just to remind you, our Gran and Medio Fondos incorporate a few flat sections, but are about maximum output, testing climbs and exciting descents. Both these disciplines take in the breathtaking Mendip, Quantock and Exmoor Hills. The now infamous Crowcombe Climb is still included and is recognised as Somersets Hardknott Pass. These great rides embody all the camaraderie, fun, good cheer and natural beauty that are the heart and soul of cycling.
As usual full support is on offer to all Riders with a mix of roving, mechanical and medical support. All feed and time stations are manned by cheerful volunteers, serving nourishing food, fruit and drinks. All we need to garnish this are enthusiastic energetic participants who wish to improve on previous times, challenge themselves, their friends and team mates.
As an incentive early entries made during 2012 will be £15. from 01 01 2013 the fee will be £19 and entries on the day will be £25. We have kept our entry fees the same as 2012.