On the 2nd of September 2018 the Andrew Simpson Foundation hosted its first annual Bike4Bart charity cycle ride with three routes on offer, varied terrain, leg-pumping climbs and breathtaking views of the Dorset coast.
The ride has helped raise funds to enable a focus on helping young people to develop their life skills and capabilities by making sailing and watersports accessible to all, creating a hobby and passion for life.
Olympic Gold Medallist, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson was a keen cyclist like many within the British Sailing Team and sailing community. This cycling event aimed to inspire young people across the country to take to the saddle and was hosted at the iconic Olympic venue of the National Sailing Academy in Portland where Bart trained for his Olympic Campaigns.
We partnered up with UK Cycling events to enable riders to tackle the varied terrain and breath-taking panoramas of the the Dorset coast and with wider family activities on offer, it’s an event for all ages and abilities!
- Facilities and parking
- Mechanical support
- Medical support
- Full route marking
- Feed Stops
- Energy food and drink
- Electronic chip timing
- Web results service
- Online certificates
- On site catering
- Pick-up wagons
- Bike wash facilities
- Photos by SportivePhoto
- Sports Massage
- Entry to the Family Fun Day at the National Sailing Academy
Cycling inland from the Isle of Portland and the home of the Andrew Simpson Foundation, all routes head into Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a mixture of spectacular views, leg-pumping climbs and historical scenery. After the riding through the village of Portesham, all routes head to the first big climb of the day up to the Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve.
26 miles : 1807 ft
The SHORT route then loops back around heading towards Portland again totalling a distance of 26 miles and 1807ft in elevation gain, where at Broadway the Standard and Epic route riders leave the Short route rider and head out towards the Isle of Purbeck.
70 miles : 4494 ft
The STANDARD Route series takes on 70 miles in distance and 4494ft in elevation gain: riders will split at East Lulworth, riding through the tank ranges at Bovington, whilst enjoying the wide- open fast flowing roads. It will also take the riders to their finish via Coombe Valley Road back towards Weymouth and Portland.
95 miles : 6154 ft
The EPIC Route series takes on 95 miles in distance and 6154 ft in elevation gain, taking riders on the climb from West Lulworth, before heading towards the glorious sight of Corfe Castle and onwards to the Creech Hill climb. It will take the riders to their finish via Coombe Valley Road back towards Weymouth and Portland.
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increasing participation : improving lives
All proceeds from the entry fee go back into the Foundation to enable us to continue to increase participation and improve lives through all of our 5 Key Charitable Activities: Bart’s Bash, Research, Community Sailing Programmes, Volunteer Training and Grants.
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