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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Chew Stoke to Rodney Stoke Part 1 of 5 Hills Challenge|
|Distance : miles (km)||32.76 (52.72)|
|Posted By||M Dunsmore|
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|This is the 1st half of the Chew Stoke Dads' Cycle Club annual 5 hills challenge. It covers 5 of the steepest hills up the Mendips. This is a serious ride and not for the feint hearted, the object is to get round without getting off your bike and without killing yourself.
Starting at Chew Stoke, head around Chew Valley lake towards East Harptree (spectacular first thing in the morning). Continue until the end of the cycle path and then turn right towards Ubley. Take the first left, towards Compton Martin, and the prelim to the first hill starts. Go to the end of the road and then turn left, onto the A368, and immediately right into Highfield Lane. This is where you hit the first challenge, and it's a killer, especially as everyone has fresh legs and wants to race to the top.
Once on top of the Mendips, enjoy the beautiful scenery and a great ride down the iconic Cheddar Gorge (take note, as you'll be coming back up it later!!).
From Cheddar head out towards the insignificant village of Draycot on the A371. The only significant thing is the hill that takes you back to the top of the Mendips. There is a reason why there is a gliding club at the top, So this is the steepest hill on the ride and many a challenger has seen their hopes dashed on this hill. If you get in the wrong gear, you just won't make it!!.
Now the hardest hill is done, but you haven't got too long to congratulate yourself. Head towards Wells and through to Wookey Hole (great Jazz pub for another day). You now go up hill number three, Ebor Gorge. It's a killer in it's own right and after Draycot takes some serious will power.
Once it's over, you've got a little time to recover. Head down to Rodney Stoke, before returning to do Cheddar Gorge the right way round in Part 2 of the ride.
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