The Full Belter
10th September 2017
Distance: approx. 160km (100miles)
Climbing: approx. 2,450m
Feeds: approx. 58km, 90km, 120km and 160km (finish)
GPX and route: PART 1 and PART 2
The full belting! A belter of a ride – 160km (100 miles) of the West Country’s finest, packing in nearly 2,500m of climbing and big double loop of the Costwolds and the Mendips. A classic must-ride.
The 2017 Bristol Belter offers once again a ‘twist’ on Sportive riding. Those who want to ride the classic 100 miles will first conquer a ‘warm up’ loop up towards the lower end of the Cotswold hills before heading south west, riding in the Mendips and lake region to complete the full distance.
The idea is the first 35 miles is an all new Cotswold loop taking in some glorious Gloucestershire country side including Castle Coombe village then heads back to The Fry Club in Keynsham were refreshments await, then those riders wanting to join friends for the traditional Mendip 65 miles can hook up and ride out together for some of the best riding Somerset has to offer.
Cotswold loop – 1st part of the Full Belter:
If intending to conquer the Full Belter (approx. 100 miles) then the new ‘warm up’ loop heads north east of the Fry Club towards the Cotswolds. After making its way along the Fry Club driveway the course crosses the River Avon, making its way towards Willsbridge. After a short section along the A431 the route turns left through Oldland Common steadily climbing towards the highest point of the ‘warm up’ loop where it crosses the A46 just beyond the village of Hinton.
From there the route drops steadily (with the odd little bump) all the way to the famous Castle Coombe before starting to rise over the A46 once again. From here it runs parallel with the National Trust park of Dyrham before heading south-west towards Keynsham. Along the way it picks up the villages of Doynton, Wick and Upton Cheyney before it head back down the Keynsham road towards the Fry Club for some well needed refreshments.
Mendips loop – 2nd part of the Full Belter:
The Mendips loop heads south out of Keynsham, over the river Avon and along the Wellsway. From the valley created by the river Chew views of the rolling countryside are to the right. The route drops down into the valley along the river before crossing the Chew at a picturesque hamlet and slowly climbing out of the valley on the opposite side.
Following quiet country lanes until reaching the outskirts of Compton Dando the course takes a right along the tree lined Slate Lane until the view opens up to wooded country side.
After a steady climb to the top of Publow Hill and the crossroads the course takes a left at the junction and follows the road to Publow before crossing the River Chew once again in the direction of Pensford.
At Pensford you reach the A37 and towering above you in the near distance is the viaduct. Riders will travel under the viaduct before climbing out of Pensford towards Upper Stanton Drew. The lanes from here to Bishop Sutton are generally faster and wider making for easy riding.
Out of Bishop Sutton the climb of Burledge Hill starts. This takes a bit of effort and none climbers will have to search for the lower gears. Reaching Hinton Blewet the climbing is done. The roads drops down to the B3114 and the very steady (false flat) route makes its way through Litton and to the junction at Chewton Mendip. Here the road joins the busier A39 up the High Street, taking a right on the Mendips proper along Plummer Lane.
Here the courses split with the long course heading towards Priddy and the mini course heading straight on the B3135 before turning right toward Charter House. At the feed station at the junction with the B3371 the mini course re-joins the long route.
At the sign for Priddy the road is rolling but soon it goes down – fast – towards Westbury – sub – Mendip. The barron landscape gives way to the flat lush fields and the flatter grounds of the Somerset Levels. This is the respite before the challenge. A loop of the area from Easton via Theale, Wedmore, Crickam, Clewer until reaching Cheddar where the infamous Cheddar Gorge climb starts.
First winding its way through the town it soon picks up gradient making this the biggest challenge of the Belter. Towards the top the road starts to flatten out and speed picks up again before turning half left onto the B3371 and starting to make for home. After a well deserved re-fresh at the feed station (here the mini course re-joins) the route heads straight on to Compton Martin, with Blagdon Lake on the left.
A climb up a steep road to Plaisters Green and along Gravel Hill the riders will be taking in the view of the Mendips, the lakes and popping out at Chew Stoke. From here it runs along Valley Lane and the Chew Lake dam before turning its back on the lakes and heading toward the village of Chew Magna.
Now clearly on the home stretch the route makes its way towards Norton Malreward, passing the Airfield on the right, before crossing the A37 and slowly makings its way into ‘greater’ Keynsham. Once in town the course quickly makes its way towards the A4 and back into the Fry Club driveway where at the end refreshments and a finishing present are waiting for the riders.
Course map & GPX data
To view the 1st loop (Cotswolds loop) / 1st part of the Full Belter please click link (http://www.plotaroute.com/route/38177). To view the 2nd loop (Mendips loop) / 2nd part of the Full Belter please click link (http://www.plotaroute.com/route/38227). Besides viewing the course you can also download the GPX data.
Please keep in mind that there might be last minute changes to the course. We will do our best to update this section whenever needed but please be aware that this might not always be possible. Please don’t rely entirely on the GPX data during the event.
The FULL Bristol Belter Road Sportive will start from 7.00am onwards at the Fry Club in Keynsham, Bristol (BS31 2AU).
The start will stay open for two hours.
Registration opening times: Sunday from 7.00am – 10am (first hour reserved for FULL Belter riders)
The entry fee for the Mini Belter is £24.
The entry fee for the Standard and Classic Belter is £29.
Your entry fee for the Bristol Belter Road Sportive includes:
Electronic chip timing
Free usage of service stations
Free usage of facilities