The exact route for the 2021 GER will be confirmed much nearer the time (around July/August 2021), but it's likely that it will be very similar to the route that proved very popular once again in 2020. So, while they are very much provisional at this stage, the description & the links below should give you a good idea of the challenge that awaits at the GER.
The Ride starts at the Silk Mills Park & Ride on the west side of Taunton (A3065, Silk Mills Road).
Riders head out through Bishop's Hull and several other quiet Somerset villages on a nice, flat stretch to get the legs going, before approaching Milverton and then encountering a number of modest but testing rises as the route rolls and undulates through yet more tranquil Somerset country lanes.
The route also pays a fleeting visit to Devon around this point as it makes its way to Bampton, then it's on through Exebridge and Brushford to reach the gateway to the magnificent Exmoor National Park at Dulverton.
Passing through Dulverton, riders face possibly the most challenging section of the Ride - ascending to the top of Exmoor. It's about 4 miles of climbing in total to the very top and it's quite challenging in places but, whether on bike or on foot, it's definitely worth the effort for the views that await!
Once up on the top of Exmoor the route rolls again as it heads north then turns east, combining some short(ish) ascents with some very fast and rewarding descents on its way through Exford, Wheddon Cross and on past Raleigh's Cross. The route then heads north again towards Watchet where it brings riders back down to sea level.
Riders get their first real glimpse of the sea as they pass through Watchet itself, then with around 1500m of climbing already under the belt there's one final sting in the tail - a bit of a climb out of Watchet - after which it's a steady and very pleasant gradual descent towards Blue Anchor.
The Ride finally finishes 66 miles (105km) later at Home Farm on the delightful Blue Anchor seafront, where friends, family and other well-wishers are welcome to come along to help riders celebrate their achievement!
NB we reserve the right to amend the route if we anticipate particularly inclement weather or any other unfavourable conditions that might, in our judgment, adversely impact safety and enjoyment on the day.