The group ride out on Sunday 8 Oct 2017 was loosely based on Ride Magazine’s “Glastonbury Magic” ride.
Seven riders met at the Top of Town car park, and Club Secretary Graham Pinney was also there with Chris Webber’s IAM Roadsmart certificate, which was presented to Chris by Club events coordinator Jim Leese.
The group departed Dorchester on a lovely dry and warm October Sunday and headed North West on the A356 via Maiden Newton and onto Crewkerne, before heading North along the A356, under the A3030 and onto the B3165 out to Long Sutton before joining the A372 to Langport for a coffee stop at the Potting Shed.
After coffee and cake, Chris Webber had to depart to visit family in hospital, and the rest of the group headed out towards A372 which was closed. After a quick re-plan, the group headed North along some C class roads across the Somerset Levels heading for Burnham on Sea along the A39 and A38.
The ride then headed inland towards Wells via Cheddar Gorge, where another road was closed leading to some very slow-moving traffic. Once clear of the traffic, the ride headed up through Cheddar Gorge. Given the time of year, it was hoped that the gorge would be less busy than our last visit here. Unfortunately, the ride got held up an extremely slow-moving campervan, so slow that cyclists were trying to overtake it!
Once clear of the traffic, the ride opened up and stretched their legs along the B3135 heading inland, joining the A39 South towards Wells where the name for the ride was revealed, a fantastic view over Wells towards Glastonbury Tor. Ride continued on to Wells for lunch at Wetherspoons.
However, due to an injury in the kitchen, there was an excessive wait for lunch, so after a drink, Nick Heape headed home and the remainder rode around to the petrol station where the hungry riders got some sandwiches.
The final leg home was from Wells, across to Shepton Mallet joining the B3081 through Bruton and down to Wincanton joining the fabulous B3145 to Sherbourne where riders dropped off to go home; finally, down the A352 and higher Sherbourne road for the last 3 riders and on to Dorchester Top of Town car park.
Overall, an enjoyable 127-mile ride over 3 legs in gloriously warm autumn weather, marred by a couple of road closures and a kitchen injury in the pub.
Test Pass - Gareth Jones
Another @IAMRoadsmart Advanced Rider Course Test Pass for 2018 - That's test Pass 10 this year. Congrats to Gareth Jones and @DWDAM_News observer @jeremy_weekes.
Test Pass - Dave Cake
Another @IAMRoadsmart Advanced Rider Course Test Pass for 2018. Congrats to Dave Cake and @DWDAM_News observer Kelvin Latham.
Slow Riding Day - Sunday 13 Oct - POSTPONED
Due to the worsening weather forecast and in the interest of safety, @DWDAM_News Slow Riding Day is postponed.