The Andrew Simpson Foundation, in partnership with UK Cycling Events, is hosting its first annual Bike4Bart charity cycle ride with three routes on offer, varied terrain, leg-pumping climbs and breathtaking views of the Dorset coast.
Olympic Gold Medallist, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson was a keen cyclist like many within the British Sailing Team and sailing community. This cycling event aims to inspire young people across the country to take to the saddle and is hosted at the iconic Olympic venue of the National Sailing Academy in Portland where Bart trained for his Olympic Campaigns and with wider family activities on offer, it’s an event for all ages and abilities!
Funds raised from the ride entry fees will enable the charity to continue to focus on helping young people to develop their life skills and capabilities by making sailing and watersports accessible to all, creating a hobby and passion for life.
For more information about the Foundation, ride and to register for the wider family activities on offer including free Sailing, kayaking and Mega SUP taster sessions at the family fun day visit www.bike4bart.com
Cycling inland from the Isle of Portland and the home of the Andrew Simpson Foundation, the routes head into Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a real treat of a ride ahead of you. With a mixture of spectacular views, leg-pumping climbs and historical scenery the route always has something to keep you interested.
After the riding through the village of Portesham, you'll reach the first big climb of the day up to the Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve. The route then loops back around heading towards Portland again, where at Broadway the Standard and Epic route riders leave the Short route rider and head out towards the Isle of Purbeck.
Epic riders will take on the climb from West Lulworth, before heading towards the glorious sight of Corfe Castle and onwards to the Creech Hill climb. Standard riders will split at East Lulworth, riding through the tank ranges at Bovington, whilst enjoying the wide-open fast flowing roads. Both Epic and Standard riders will finish off their ride via Coombe Valley Road back towards Weymouth and Portland.
Rider times and finisher certificates for this event are now online. View yours by visiting our Results Page
Bike4Bart is a fundraising event aiming to raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Foundation and help introduce new people to the sport of sailing.
Now in its fifth year, the Andrew Simpson Foundation honours the life and legacy of a sailor who was passionate about encouraging and helping others to fulfil their aims. The Foundation aims to increase and inspire participation in sailing, and improve lives. This is currently being achieved by working through five key activities:
More information on the Charity can be found at www.andrewsimpsonfoundation.or
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on our results page. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.
Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.