Barry's Jaeger Bomb
6:30am start, 20hr time limit, finish by 2:30am
Now in it's 3rd year, the Las Vegas Institute of Sport brings you a 300km event for the Bristol area for those who like to get as much out of a day in the saddle as possible. This distance allows you to cover a large chunk of the West of England.
Starting on the outskirts of Bristol in Oldland Common, where there will be car parking, toilets and refreshments available. The ride begins by taking you north and up onto the Cotswold escarpment with a climb past Dyrham Park. Weaving through stone-cottage filled villages you'll arrive at the first control at The Hayloft Cafe just outside Northleach in time for second breakfast.
Turning south from here you'll head down through Royal Wootton Bassett and onto Salisbury Plain passing through the ancient stones of Avebury and onwards to the Pewsey Downs. A stop at A Date With Thyme Cafe will allow you to refuel before the next leg, now heading west and along the beautiful Wylye Valley. The route takes you steadily up, then drops you sharply down onto the Somerset levels where you'll check in at the final control at The Barton Inn in Barton St David.
You'll pass the Glastonbury Tor, then a haul up the longest climb of the day at Wookey delivers you onto the top of the Mendips where the finish is almost in sight. Plenty of food, a warm welcome and a chance to have a sit down will be your reward once you roll into the finish back in Oldland Common. It'll be a day of big old stones, beautiful roads and plenty of cake.
In 2019 cyclists from all around the world will be preparing for the quadrennial Paris - Brest - Paris Audax. This is the blue ribband event for all keen randonnée riders and consists of a 1200km route from the French capital to the West coast of Normandy and back again. Completing Barry's Jaeger Bomb will qualify as the requisite 300km ride that riders must undertake to be able to apply for a place on this prestigious event. You'll 'just' need to ride a 200km, 400km and 600km route in addition to be able to apply.