Bike Bath launches 2020 Medal Rides

By Anita Jaynes on 31 July, 2020

Iconic Cycling Events has announced the launch of the Bike Bath 2020 Medal Rides, a series of self-supported rides designed to replace the 9th Bike Bath sportive.

With the cancellation or postponement of all cycling sportives due to Covid-19, Iconic Cycling Events is giving people the opportunity to take part in their own challenge with a choice of 17 routes throughout Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

The Medal Rides will run throughout the summer until Wednesday 30th September, with riders of all abilities offered a choice of the best routes from previous Bike Bath events.

Participants will be able to start at any point on the route and will also have the option to celebrate their ride by signing up for a 2020 medal or one from the year of the chosen route, allowing many Bike Bath regular riders to complete their collection.

Route details will be provided following registration and riders will be able to navigate their way via the new Iconic Events App. They will also receive route notes including local highlights and facilities such as rest rooms, shops, and refreshment opportunities, for each route.

Jacko Jackson, Event Manager at Iconic Cycling Events, said, “While we are certainly disappointed not to be able to deliver the 9th Bike Bath this year, we’ve really enjoyed looking back at past routes and adapting them for this year’s Medal Rides.

“We have outlined a three-month window for riders to complete their chosen Bike Bath Medal Rides in order to ensure that multiple groups of riders will not to be out on the roads at the same time, but we do hope the rides can play a significant role in attracting visitors to the region’s fantastic shops, pubs and cafes this summer.

“Riders will be encouraged to tour Bath at their own pace and make small detours to visit local towns such as Devizes, Tetbury, Stroud and Frome and take in historic landmarks. With this in mind, if you run a café, shop or pub that you’d be keen to advertise is open to our community of cyclists, do get in touch!”

Lindsay Holdoway, Managing Director of sponsor HPH Commercial Property, said, “HPH is delighted to support the Medal Rides and encourage active lifestyles across the region. We have seen a number of businesses being incredibly creative and positive despite lockdown, and Iconic Cycling Events is no exception.

“We feel this series of rides should provide some welcome variety for riders who have been out on the same routes for the past few weeks and would like a change, as well as those who would normally have taken part in sportives across the spring and summer.”

To sign up for one or more of the Bike Bath 2020 Medal Rides, visit the Bike Bath website.