Cyclosportives

Tour of Wessex 2021

May 29 - May 31, 2021

Registration is now closed.
Date:
May 29 - May 31, 2021
Location:
Langport, Somerset
Capacity:
500 riders
Distance:
330 miles, 3 stages over 3 days
220 miles, 3 stages over 3 days

Previous events

Experience the challenge of riding 3 days back to back in the South West - Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Devon

2021 Event Format

Due to multiple factors related to Covid-19 and managing a multi day event the Tour of Wessex has had to adapt the format of the 2021 event with the onus on riders to be self sufficient, a fully supported event will return for 2022.

Making the best of a Difficult Situation

Rather than cancel the event for a second year registered Tour of Wessex participants are being offered the opportunity to ride both the self supported 2021 & fully supported 2022 event at no further cost. We are making this offer because it is clear that many participants have concerns over, accommodation provision, feed stations, meals and proximity to other people during the event. We therefore feel the fairest course of action is to offer the Tour of Wessex as a self supported option in 2021 and fully supported event in 2022. For those that are fit and prepared to ride this year they can do so and those that would prefer to defer to 2022 will not lose out.

Keeping People Safe

Participating in cycling carries an inevitable degree of risk, and while being mindful of the additional guidelines regarding Covid-19, participants should not lose sight of the normal safety considerations relating to participating in cycling which continue to apply and must be complied with.

If people act irresponsibly, including while socialising before and afterwards without following Government guidelines, they jeopardise public health and undermine the case for safe sport to take place.

What to Expect for 2021

Expect the usual quintessential English countryside though the lanes and byways of the South West, with each stage offering unique mix of monuments, history and challenging terrain. The routes remain largely the same with a few minor changes. We also introduce the

  • Free Car Parking in dedicated car park - Arrive, park, ride
  • Start/Finish line - Start when you want 08:00 - 09:00
  • Official Photographers - Charles Whitton Photography
  • Ride groups of up to 6 people
  • Ride guide - a list of locations to purchase food and drinks on route
  • Navigation files for the routes (Fit, GPX TCX) - The route will not be signed so you will need a Garmin, Whaoo or other bike computer for navigation
  • Mechanical Support - Xpressofix, various locations published in the ride guide.
  • First Aid is not available at the HQ or on route
  • HQ parking closes 18:00
  • Results page & segment times via the Earth Sports App powered by Map my Tracks.

Each stage starts and finishes at Huish Episcopi Academy, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9SS.

Routes

Stage 1 – Somerset & Wiltshire
Distance:
101 miles
When
08:00, May 29, 2021
Start location:
Langport
Finish location:
Langport
Route download:
Stage 2 – Somerset & Dorset
Distance:
116 miles
When
08:00, May 30, 2021
Start location:
Langport
Finish location:
Langport
Route download:
Stage 3 – Somerset & Devon
Distance:
109 miles
When
08:00, May 31, 2021
Start location:
Langport
Finish location:
Langport
Route download:
Stage 1 - Somerset
Distance:
80 miles
When
08:00, May 29, 2021
Start location:
Langport
Finish location:
Langport
Route download:
Stage 2 – Somerset & Dorset
Distance:
79 miles
When
08:00, May 30, 2021
Start location:
Langport
Finish location:
Langport
Route download:
Stage 3 – Somerset
Distance:
64 miles
When
08:00, May 31, 2021
Start location:
Langport
Finish location:
Langport
Route download:

Information

The Tour of Wessex 2021 features 2 self supported ride options:

  • 330 miles in 3 days.
  • 220 miles in 3 days

The event Start/Finish and parking is Huish Academy, Wincanton Road, Langport, TA10 9SS


Event Overview


Stage 1 – Somerset & Wiltshire


Distance 101 miles & 78 miles

Date: 29/05/2021

Start Time 08:00

Start Location: Langport

Finish Location: Langport


Stage 2 – Somerset & Dorset


Distance: 116 miles & 82 miles

Date: 30/05/2021

Start Time: 08:00

Start Location: Langport

Finish Location: Langport


Stage 3 – Somerset & Exmoor


Distance 109 miles & 64 miles

Date 31/05/2021

Start Time: 08:00

Start Location: Langport

Finish Location: Langport


Rider Entry Packs

All rider information is available electronically. Please read the PDF Ride Guide sent by email 3 weeks prior to the event carefully

Ride Numbers are not required due to the self supported nature of the event in 2021.


Earth Sports Event App

  • Results will be available via the Earth Sports app
  • Live tracking - friends and family are able to follow your progress via the Earth Sports app on their phone or tablet. If you wish to live track start the Map My Tracks Endurance app which will run in the background. While the app draws very little power from you battery please ensure that your phone is fully charged before the ride

Timing

Please create an account with Map My Tracks (it’s like Strava) and connect your Garmin, Wahoo, Polar or other fitness device to your account. After the ride please upload your ride data and it will automatically propagate the finishers list.

Once you have uploaded your ride data to the Map my tracks platform it will display your start and finish time as well as on route split times for the main climbs on each stage

Route map

Electronic download of the route is available to download onto your bicycle computer, see routes.

Ride guide

A check list of equipment you may require and essential information about the ride, including suggest feed stops and location on static mechanical support.

Car Parking

Car parking is free in the designated parking bays at Huish Academy, TA10 9ss

Start Times

08:00 -09:00 each day for both Standard and Medium routes. Just roll over the start line when your ready in a group of up to six people.

Route Navigation

Navigation is via your gps enabled cycle computer.

Safety Points

You will be riding on the open road alongside other traffic so it is essential for your own safety and that of all other road users that you comply with ALL TRAFFIC REGULATIONS.

In the event of an accident

If you are involved in a serious accident requiring immediate medical attention then ring 999, due to self supported nature of the event the organisers are unable to provide any assistance.

Assistance During the Ride

Static mechanical support can be found at these locations, please ensure you have a means of payment for labour cost and parts:

Stage 1

(i) Xpressofix - The Post and Wicket, Wedmore Playing Fields, Wedmore BS28 4BS
(ii) Cheddar Bikes, Lower N St, Cheddar BS27 3HA (400 meters off route)
(iii) Bike City, 8 Queen St, Wells BA5 2DP (400 meters off route)
(iv) Xpressofix - Station Road Car Park, Bruton BA10 0EG

Stage 2

(i) Xpressofix - Cerne Giant Viewpoint, 38 Acreman St, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JX
(ii) Velo Lounge - E Burton Rd, Wool, BH20 6HE
(iii) Xpressofix - Londis Car Park, Milton Rd, Milborne St Andrew, DT11 0JZ


Stage 3

(i) Xpressofix - Dead Woman’s Ditch, Over Stowey, TA4 4AB
(ii) Exmoor Bike Repair - 1 Lower Marshfield Rd, Minehead TA24 6AE (Call Mark prior to arrival 07920 047901)
(iii) Porlock Pedals - Unit 3, The Old Tannery, High St, Porlock, TA24 8PU (Call Matt prior to arrival 07773 377735)
(iv) Xpressofix - Raleghs Cross Inn, Exmoor, TA23 0LN
(v) Taunton & Somerset Bike Servicing - Ham, Taunton TA3 5NZ (Call prior to arrival 07756 667519)


Bike Shop - Nearest location (13 Miles from HQ)

Tri UK, 76 Lyde Rd, Pen Mill Trading Estate, Yeovil BA21 5DW

Tel: 0343 777 1768

  • Saturday 9am–6pm
  • Sunday 10am–4pm
  • Monday 9am–6pm

There are cut-off times at which the moto marshals will stand down. The sweep vehicle will be traveling along the route at 20kmh/12.5 mph and will be collecting signage as it goes. If it catches up with you, you can either be transported to the finish or if you wish to continue on at your own pace you may but be aware these will be no signage. The finish closes at 5:30 pm each day. If you arrive after this time you will not receive a time or finishing place for that stage

N.B. If you decided to continue after the sweep vehicle has passed you, you will have to navigate your own route, and you will also no longer be covered by the event support services. If you do this, or drop-out at any other stage, then you must call the organiser to report this to the event team. The event app will provide you with a time even if the finish line has officially closed.

Riders Code of Conduct

You will be riding on public roads, so you must obey Highway Code regulations. Any rider seen not complying with the code could be reported and we are obliged to provide their details to the police.

Litter – There will be litter and recycling skips at the event HQ and at feed stations. Please use them and don’t drop any litter it gives cyclists a bad name!

Ride Guide

Traffic Regulations: Although there will be traffic management at key stages of the event, plus support from police and local authorities in planning the event, the Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive does take place on public roads, so you need to follow Highway Code regulations just as you would on a regular ride. You should be confident that you can ride in the following road conditions:

  • Busy urban main roads
  • Town centre traffic
  • De-restricted rural roads
  • Narrow country lanes
  • Complex roundabouts
  • Riding in potentially large groups

The Tour of Wessex is a non competitive event. Whilst many experienced cyclosportive riders will be keen to record a quick time, the event is not a race so do not treat it as one. Your safety and that of other road uses is paramount.


What Bike:

When choosing a bike for the event, you need to take into account your ability to maintain the minimum average speed cut off of 20kmh (12.5mph) over the route distance. Therefore an efficient, comfortable and well maintained bike is essential.

What to bring:

Because the ride is self supported we recommend that you bring a multi tool, two spare tubes, tyre levers, a working pump and adequate hydration and food. You have a fully charged mobile phone with you with the Earth Sports app installed and a small amount of cash in case of emergencies.

What to wear:

All riders are advised that it is compulsory to wear a correctly fitting cycle helmet that conforms to current UK safety standards. Sorry, no helmet, no ride.

Because the event takes place on the public road, you are strongly advised to wear hi visibility clothing of some sort. Being that the event is held at the end of May, weather conditions can change rapidly! Therefore, we advise that you wear adequate layers, arm and leg warmers, gilet and a waterproof jacket. We recommend that you wear proper padded cycling shorts and a pair of cycling mitts, both of which will also add to your comfort levels on what will be a long day in the saddle for even the fittest of cyclosportive riders. It has been known to be sunny at that time of year, so make sure you protect yourself with a high factor sun block!

Dropping Out:

If you need to drop out of the ride you will need to make arrangement to get yourself back to your car. This is a self supported event and the organisers bear no responsibility to get you back to the start. If you are concerned about getting back to the start we suggest you take out cycle breakdown cover with a company like ETA

Medical Cover:

First-aid cover is not provided as the Tour of Wessex 2021 event.

Refreshments:

No refreshments before or after the ride with will be provided.

Feed Stations

Toilets:

We are only able to provide car parking at the start so please ensure you have made a toilet break before you arrive at the Start.

Showers:

Showers are not available

After the Finish:

You will finish the event each day at the HQ, once you have passed the finish line (upload your ride data to Map my Tracks and it will sync to the Earth Sports event app. Please clear the finish area and return to your vehicle.

Finish Times:

A list of finishers and times will be posted on www.earthsports.co.uk the day after the event or immediately via the event app.

Age categories will be as follows:

A : 18 to 29 years

D: 50 to 59 years

B : 30 to 39 years

E: 60 years and over

C: 40-49 years

F: Para Cycling

* To calculate Women’s age categories add 20 minutes

Time bands are printed in the event program.

General Queries:

Contact Earth Sports: admin@earthsports.co.uk

Event HQ

The Start/Finish is Huish Academy, Wincanton Rd, Langport TA10 9SS

Getting to the Tour of Wessex

The closest international airports are Bristol (38 miles), Heathrow (100 miles), Southampton (60 miles), Exeter (60 miles).

Drive time: Bristol to event – 40 mins, Heathrow to event 2 hrs.

Train service: From Heathrow take airbus to Reading then a train to Castle Cary or Taunton (Somerset). Or airbus to Woking and a train to Yeovil.

Sea

From St Malo, France to Poole, Dorset. 4hr 30 mins Condor Ferries

Road

  • From central London (120 miles) 2hrs – 2 hr 30 mins. Take the M3 then the A303. At the Podimore roundabout take A372 direction Langport.
  • From the West take the A303, At the Podimore roundabout take A372 direction Langport.
  • From Bristol take the M5 to Jct 23, then the A39 direction Street and Glastonbury. At Street take B3151 to Langport.

Rail

  • The nearest train stations are Taunton (14 miles) Castle Cary (17.5 miles), Yeovil (14 miles). Further information can be found at National Rail Inquiries.

Coaches

FAQs

Charles Whitton Photography are the official photographers for the event. Click here to retrieve your photos and further information.
email us at [email protected] post event.
Check out the accommodation information about camping and links to local hotels and suppliers.
The event is open to individuals between ages 18 and 80. And under 18’s if accompanied by an adult. Those over the age of 14 may participate if they provide a completed parental consent which can be obtained by emailing [email protected]
A standard road bike is the most suitable bike but a mountain bike with road tyres can also be used. Time trial bikes can be used but only if the rider plans to ride solo as they would in a time trial. Riding a time trail bike in group is not permitted.
All merchandise will be collected at registration.
Free parking is available adjacent to the HQ start.
The Official Meeting point is in front of the 6th form main entrance.

Accommodation

Results

Participants

Simon ODonnell
David Green
Maxwell SMITH
Lucy Charles-Barclay
Pippa Burns
John Burns
Colin Cripps
Nick Hasell
Glenn Drinkwater
David Munnery
Mart Vlutters
Myrthe van den Broek
Eimear D’Arcy
Will Robertson
Ian Hutchinson
Chris Combe
Drew Cunliffe
Simon Trudgett
john greenwood
Kavian Brown
Adrian Peters
Will Robertson
Musa Adamu
Bradley Whitaker
Nora Haggart
Julian Ladd
Judith Ladd
Andy Owen
Deborah Heath
Deborah Heath
Gary Lock
Mike Southway
edward green
Reece Barclay
Joe Killen
Clare Furness
Giles Houston
Ronn Fraser
Sally Silsby
Amy Gilmore
Steve Gilmore
Robert Allan
Mark Presley
Andrew Gandell
Laurence Noble
Dylan Bogg
Roger Canham
Adam Lockhart
Paul Harding
Ben Sunderland
Jon MASTERS
Dave Booth
John King
anna zatouroff
Bob Watts
anthony ratcliffe
Sarah Janes
Alex Woodman
George Bareham
Michael (Mike) Danby
Mike Willans
Emma Whitehouse
Bradley Whitaker
Duncan Cooper
Rudi Perez
James Glazier
Lee Parsons
Ben Sunderland
Giles Houston
Panayiotis Prosphyga
James Griggs
Adam Baker
Stephen Barnes
Ruth Astle
Susie Macleod
Flint Sperber
Jeremy Brown
Tom Weaver
Charlie Lambert
Toby Leyland
Simon Caraffi
Ryan Bowden
Graeme Morrison
Honor Hall
Greg Hall
Leanne Thompson
Fiona Hampshire
George Hill
Murray Hampshire
Rachael Johnson
Petra Wiltshire
Fiona Rudolph
Simon Rudolph
Ian Pickford
Paul Simmonds
Charlie Sykes
Rob Ingle
Neal Clements
Simon Reynolds
Simon Reynolds
Scott Woods
William Fox Grant
Sarah Bower
Jean-Luc Harnay
Philip Dowle
Ashey Pearce
Enya Elswood
Jason Elswood
Andrew Bruce
Sarah Eglin
Matthew Eglin
Daniel Russell
D M-R
Naomi Baker
Henry Barton
James Ellis
Siân Morgan
Emma Oneile
John Borton
Chris Tackaberry
Richard Simper
Tom Riall
Mark Fisher
Frances Barton
Emma McDermott
Sarah Spruytendburg
Ben du Bernard
Shaun du Bernard
James O’Connell
Saul Duck
Paul Vincent
Andy Pearson
Andy Mooney
Andrew Wheat
Chris Hall
David Bruce
Mary Bruce
Toby Lockyer
Ian Hopkin
Christopher Lye
Mike Batten
Simon Kemp
Rupert Rees
Steven Billington
Enya Elswood
Jason Elswood
william keeling
Aled Roberts
Olie Baumann
Andrew Cessford
Jaime Hernando
Paul Tarney
Tim Bumby
John Clennett
Mark Tinkler
Stephen Mullens
Rob Ingle
Simon Scott
Jim Eastment
Simon Bond
Tom Begg
Paul Andrew
Colin Peerman
Karine Maillard
Ben Nock
Peter Graham
Eimear Toomey
Peter Graham
Eimear Toomey
Martyn McKenna
simon Rees
Simon Rees
Jonathan Watt
Bruno Marks
John Todd
Al Brown
Rupert Visick
Nicky Visick
Jon Secrett
Tom Picking
Moray Tuach
Mark Bulkeley
Paul Newson
David Munnery
Jonathan Topps
Tom Scott
Mark Herbert
David Baylis
Owen Elson
Andrew Jack
david hitch
Anders Hallen
Nicola Anderson
RUTH WILLIAMS
Karol Mamos
Karol Mamos
PAUL RATTEW
Anna Wienke Wagner
Amir Farboud
Ben Goward
Michael Baumann
Jonathan Brook
Tim Lowe
Kevin Rainsbury
Tony Knight
Dan Jones
Jon Moore
Richard Burcham
Jeremy Rose
Alexandra Rose
Will Laffan
Abigail Connor
Jonathan Phillips
Brian O'Connor
Philip Warren
Mark Harvey
William Waples
Judi Badenoch
GRAEME BADENOCH
Simon Boswell
Paul Burton
Mark Herbert
Mel Johnson
Stephen Fryer
Benedict Goward
Sergio Nunez
Lorenzo Montefoschi
James Boyd
Lucy Commander
David Baglow
Matthew Brown
sam jones
Michael Dowthwaite
DAVID Hitch
christopher mason
Graham Getty
Alan Corcoran
James Edge
Mat Fearon
Chris Bryson
Ross Peebles
Simon Bailey
graeme thompson
Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson
Gregory Mead
Daniel Lynn
Charlotte Meins
Matt Dodgson
Robert Sweatman
Guy Mclellan
Mark Saunders
Tom Hill
Sam Riseborough
Paul Ostryzniuk
Josh Coulling
Guy Farrier

Rules

  1. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all participants, volunteers and the public are kept safe. Participating in cycling carries an inevitable degree of risk, and while we must remain mindful of the additional guidelines regarding Covid-19, participants should not lose sight of the normal safety considerations relating to participating in cycling which continue to apply and must be complied with.
  2. If people act irresponsibly when participating in cycling events (including while socialising before and afterwards) they jeopardise public health and undermine the case for safe sport to take place.
  3. The Tour of Wessex 2021 is a self supported timed challenge ride not a fully supported cyclosportive. The event will revert to a fully supported format in 2022 .
  4. Dangerous riding will not be tolerated either by the organisers or the Police.
  5. All entrants bikes must be in good working order for the event.
  6. All participants are reminded that it is unlawful and an offence against public decency to urinate in public places such as the start area, in towns, villages or near occupied areas including the sports fields of the HQ. Offenders will be removed from the event and reported to the police.
  7. Ride with care and attention to other road users and pedestrians, with especial care around horses and livestock. Slow down to 5 mph and make them aware you are approaching. Shout out Cyclist behind.
  8. Do not litter it jeopardises the future of the event and ruins the beautiful countryside you have been cycling through.
  9. Show consideration to other road users, by allowing them room to pass even if they don’t respect your space.
  10. Never ride more than two abreast and don’t attempt any dangerous passing.
  11. Some riders will be inexperienced so keep your distance at all times and do not go mad down hills as some are steep and contain sharp bends and narrow sections.
  12. Please signal any intention to turn left or right and don’t stop suddenly; there will most likely be people behind you. If you do stop shout “stopping” and hold your hand up in the air to indicate your intention
  13. It is compulsory to wear a helmet.
  14. It is compulsory to carry a facemask.
  15. It is compulsory to carry hand sanitiser
  16. Carry a £1 coin for the Porlock Scenic road toll on Stage 3 (long route). The toll keepers hut is located 2.3 km after the start of the climb

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