Living as I do right on the coast in the county of Dorset I can go out and ride in some absolutely stunning countryside on any day of the week.......
Each year a number of Cyclo Sportives are ridden in this area and very good most of them are too. If you enter one of these events and you are lucky enough to have good weather you are virtually guaranteed to have a brilliant days riding.
One of these events is the 'Jurassic Beast'.....this sportive is part of the Wiggle Super Series rides.
Wiggle is an online Cycle/Sport retailer based in Portsmouth which is a few miles east along the south coast from here. The sportives in the Wiggle Super Series are always well run with good support and well stocked feed stations etc......
This particular sportive is set along Dorset's Historic Jurassic Coastline and in the advertising for the 'Beast' they tell you that it has arguably some of the best vistas of any of the UK Sportives.
I would agree with that.
The actual route of the 'Beast' is almost identical to one of the regular summer day training rides that JD and I do a number of times each year. The event itself takes place during the month of May and starts out from the Bovington Tank Museum, which is not far from one of my favourite tea shop stops at Moreton.......also purveyors of great Dorset Apple Cake...!
My Son-in-Law had expressed an interest in entering the 'Beast' this year, but as he has been finding it difficult (as so many working people do) to find the time to get out and do enough training I advised him to aim for something a little easier for his first event.
The film above is a short advertising film for the 'Beast'- showing scenes from last years ride. It shows you some of the countryside that I ride every week..........as I said...............
How lucky am I....?
I couldn't get the vid to load, but I will try later as I am very interested in watching it. I enjoy seeing what other people ride. Thanks for the post!!
VERY lucky indeed!
What a beautiful, challenging ride!
I think Dorset and the South West generally is one of the hardest ares in the Uk for cycling - in a way it's tougher than the Alps. But then rewards come with the views and the sense of achievement.
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I don't know...
Looks all uphill to me.
I'll take all downhill thank you.
I hope that you manage to get it to load OK...Thanks for your comment.
It is a good one Jeff...I usually ride the route once or twice a month during the summer.
Some of the views you can get whilst riding in the area can be stunning Mark - but as you point out can be pretty tough.
Thanks...Great to hear that you follow my blog regularly...
There's nothing wrong with 100 miles of hills....but I do admit that just having legs like steam driven pistons won't cut it...you need to be atomic and bionic....
Worked this time.
Great ...glad you managed to see it.
So nice! So very nice!!
I thought of you yesterday....I met a guy riding this route on his Brompton.
He told me his normal road bike was in for repairs and he didn't want to miss out on a ride as the weather was so good......
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