Like many others within the British Sailing Team and sailing community, Olympic Gold Medalist, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson was a keen cyclist. Bart’s friends and family, therefore, decided it would be a fitting tribute to organise a Cycling event in his honour which will start and end at the National Sailing Academy where he trained for his Olympic Campaigns and head towards his hometown of Sherborne, North Dorset.
Bike4Bart also aims to help raise awareness of the amazing work that is currently taking place by the Andrew Simpson Foundation around the world, and help to raise funds, allowing them to continue increasing and inspiring participation, and improve the lives of disadvantaged young people. Alongside the Cycling event, the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre, also based at the National Sailing Academy will throw its doors open to the public offering a variety of free waterbased and sailing activities, culminating in a great fun day for all the family.
Alongside the Bike4Bart Cycling Event, from 10:00 the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre will be offering free Sailing, kayaking and Mega SUP taster sessions. There will also be inflatables, a BBQ, raffle and activities for the whole family to enjoy. No pre-booking needed, just turn up and have a go.
Call the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre on 01305 457400 for more information.
All additional activities are provided and delivered by The Andrew Simpson Foundation.
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.
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.org
We always welcome volunteers at our events so if you fancy joining the crew for the day and helping out, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to ride for free. If this particular event is fully staffed, you can always put your name down for another event. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer at a Cycling Event page, along with the link to the online application form.
A 20% discount will be applied automatically at checkout when you enter 4 (four) or more riders into a single event. This offer does not apply to No Excuses events, Demo Days, Brewin Dolphin Velo Club tickets and the UKCE Le Classique French Sportive. Mates Rates do not apply to any Late Entry offers. Mates rates can not be used in conjuction with voucher or discount codes.
Online pre-entry is the easiest way of entering and saves £8.00 per person vs. entering on the day. Online pre-entry will save you time on the day of the event allowing you to simply pick up your registration pack from the Pre entered registration points. Please note: If an event reaches its capacity we will have to close the event to riders wanting to enter on the day. It is therefore best to pre enter online to avoid disappointment!
Online entry closes on Wednesday 29th August 2018 at 3pm
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On the day entries are available at all our events as long as the event has not sold out prior to the event day. On the day entries are subject to an additional £8.00 per person surcharge. Payment can be made with cash or cheque. You can fill out an entry form when you arrive at the event. One entry form must be completed per person. Wiggle Customers will not be able to receive any loyalty discounts on the day.
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!
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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.