Bike4Bart- A Brand-New Cycling Event
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.
A day out for the whole 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.
About the route
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.