Here's where you'll find all the latest news and developments regarding the 2022 Great Exmoor Ride:
GER Event Update
Entered riders will receive detailed pre-event briefing information a few days before the event itself - we'll do this in a timely manner that hopefully requires no further revision or amendments to avoid any possible confusion or misunderstanding about how things will operate on the day itself.
And hopefully reading the briefing info shortly before the event will mean that it's fresh in riders' minds and, therefore, easier to remember on the day.
In the meantime we have updates on some other aspects of the event, as follows:
2022 GER ROUTE
We've made a very slight tweak to the route compared with last year and, barring any last-minute issues, the route has now been finalised.
So please note that the most up-to-date links are now available to download via our Route Details page, and we strongly recommend that anyone who has downloaded any of the links previously should do so again now just to ensure that they have the correct version for this year.
Of course the route will be fully signed as well with our branded direction arrows, and please be aware that the signage on the day always takes priority over the route downloads (to accommodate any very last-minute issues or needs that may arise).
There will be further route checks up to & including the day of the event and, while we don't anticipate any changes, any further adjustments will be notified via email to registered riders or, if absolutely necessary, on the day of the Ride itself.
Along the route there will be two official stops available exclusively for our riders - the first of these sees a very welcome return to Brushford Parish Hall (c. 28 miles into the route), and the second stop is once again at the delightful Exford Bridge Tea Rooms (after 40 miles).
Riders will be able to top up water bottles and make use of toilet facilities at these locations, and there will also be a plentiful supply of food & drink available to buy at each location. Mechanical support will also be available at these locations, if needed.
And, as always, we'll have hot food and bar facilities available for everyone at the finish - food for riders is FREE, and friends & family who gather at the finish are also welcome to purchase food and drink if they wish.
And, courtesy of our partners Sheppy's Cider, riders will also receive a FREE bottle of cider to take home along with their bespoke 2022 GER medal :)
Our aim is always to allow for a reasonable amount of spare capacity within the overall transport offering, however you should book ASAP via the Online Entry page if you wish to use this service and haven't booked it yet (please note that we'll be closing the service for advance bookings fairly soon).
Riders don't need to book a particular departure time so there's no pressure from that perspective, but obviously some departures may be busier than others - however there WILL be space on the day for everyone who's booked the service.
Where we do have space(s) on the transport service on the day we're very happy to accommodate people, it's just that we can't absolutely guarantee this and it should also be noted that, in any case, priority for each departure goes to people who have pre-booked the service.
Otherwise, we trust that anyone who hasn't booked this service has alternative plans in place for their journey home.
We hope all of the above makes sense and is clear, and further detailed information will follow for entered riders a few days before the event.
The Drinks Are On Us!
We've got some FREE cider to give away courtesy of our fab partnership with Sheppy's Cider - and you just need to be entered for the 2022 GER to be in with a chance of winning it!
You may have seen previously that Sheppy's is supporting us again this year and is already giving every rider a FREE bottle of excellent Sheppy's cider at the finish to help you to celebrate your achievement in conquering this testing cycling challenge.
Now, as well as that, we're going to give away a further 12 BOTTLES of Sheppy's gold medal-winning 200 Special Edition Cider - and these are simply going to go to one of this year's riders.
We'll be choosing a winner on Monday 15th August 2022, and every rider who's entered for the GER by noon on that date is eligible for the draw - so all you need to do is to make sure that you've got your entry in via our Online Entry page and your name will automatically go in the hat! :)
The lucky winner will be able to collect their cider on the day of the Ride (either at the start or finish) or, if that doesn't suit, we can arrange for it to be delivered - either way, someone's going to be set up very nicely indeed to celebrate their achievement at the Great Exmoor Ride!
To be eligible for this draw, just remember to make sure that you've got your entry in! :)
2022 Rider Medal
It hasn't escaped our attention that the primary identifying colours of the GER and its 'big brother' the Great Weston Ride are blue and yellow respectively - which, of course, also happen to be the now very-familiar colours of the national flag of Ukraine.
So we've decided to do something a little bit different with the respective Ride medals this year - namely, that we've modified the medal designs for both events to display their blue & yellow colours TOGETHER as our way of showing support for, and solidarity with, the people of Ukraine at this incredibly difficult and frightening time for them.
It just seems like the right thing to do given that we're naturally in a position to do this and, of course, it also means that everyone who takes part in either (or both) events can join us in expressing their support too.
We happen to think that the end result is two great-looking medals that also help to make it very clear where we stand in response to what's happening right now, and we'd like to think that all our riders will be equally happy with this.
So one of these fab medals will be waiting for each & every GER rider who crosses the finish line at Blue Anchor in September and hopefully, by then, the situation in Ukraine will be very much improved and the country and its people will be well on the road to recovery.
And if you haven't entered yet please do come & join us ASAP and bring as many friends, colleagues, family, etc with you as you can - we see so many groups riding together now and it really is even better when you take on the challenge alongside a bunch of people you know!
So sign up NOW and your medal will be waiting!
Raise a Glass to Sheppy's Cider!
In a very welcome & positive start to 2022, we're absolutely delighted to confirm that Taunton-based Sheppy's Cider will be proactively supporting the Great Exmoor Ride again this year.
This means that Sheppy's Cider will be available on draught from the GER's exclusive event bar at the seafront finish in Blue Anchor, so riders can look forward to sinking a refreshing pint (or two!) of Somerset's best craft cider to celebrate their achievements after a very rewarding and enjoyable day in the saddle.
And that's not all - Sheppy's has also once again very kindly agreed to give riders a FREE bottle of cider to take away with them to further aid their post-Ride recovery and celebrations! :)
Sheppy's Cider produce a wide range of award-winning premium ciders from apples grown in their own Somerset orchards, and this is about as local a partnership as you can get with Sheppy's House of Cider HQ just down the road from the GER start in Taunton.
In fact, for another good day out the House of Cider itself is well worth a visit: it houses a delightful farm shop, deli, restaurant and museum, and the orchards themselves are open for visits and tours - including, of course, a guided cider-tasting option!
We really couldn't wish for a better Partner than Sheppy's Cider who are simply Somerset through & through, and we'll now be exploring even more ways to add value to this year's GER.
So it's all-round great news for our riders and an excellent way to start the year, and if you've not entered yet get your entry in ASAP via our Online Entry page to make sure that one of those free bottles of cider has got YOUR name on it!
2021 Fundraising Effort
We've gathered as much information as we can on the overall fundraising effort from our Great Exmoor Ride, Great Weston Ride, and Mendips Lakes & Lumps Ride cycling challenges this year, and it looks like the combined fundraising figure for 2021 across those events is an estimated £40,000 - which also means that around £440,000 has now been raised in total for good causes by our riders since we started.
As always, numerous different charities and causes benefitted from riders' efforts & exertions in 2021 and every year we're pleased to see so many being supported.
And we're especially delighted to see that our official charity partner received very significant levels of support again - to the extent that Prostate Cancer UK specifically has now received around £290,000 from its association with our cycling challenges.
So obviously we'd like to say a massive and heartfelt 'THANK YOU' to everyone who rose to one or more of these challenges and raised money this year - it's a very significant amount in what are still quite testing circumstances, and this success is entirely down to the efforts and commitment of sponsored riders and their generous supporters.
We would appreciate it if fundraising riders could also share this news with the people who supported them, together with our thanks and appreciation for EVERYONE who contributed, and Prostate Cancer UK has specifically asked us to let everyone know that they are extremely grateful for the tremendous support that has been shown yet again.
And of course we very much hope that lots of people will enter and at least consider fundraising again next year - a grand total of half a million is now well within sight, and it would be simply phenomenal if we could reach that figure next year!
THANKS AGAIN, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2022 :)