VC Walcot was out in force for Barry’s Bristol Blast, a jolly 116km loop south from Bristol via Glastonbury
Last Sunday 25th March, our 13 riders largely made up from the usual Sunday Clubriders 2 group did a great job of completing a hilly route, including conquering the sharp climb of Harptree Hill up onto the Mendips.
Barry’s Bristol Blast is one of three ‘Barry’-inspired routes of up to 200km organised by the Las Vegas Institute of Sport (LVIS) on the last Sunday of March every year since 2010. Needless to say, in the interests of having more time to eat cake, we thought it better to enter the shortest 116km option.
This was several riders’ first experience of an event organised under the banner of Audax UK. These are volunteer-organised long distance rides, a bit like sportives but less corporate and more relaxed. For a start, there are no route signs or timing checkpoints – instead, riders navigate using a route sheet or GPS, and answer questions about route landmarks to prove they haven’t taken a shortcut.
The team had heard rumours that the organiser’s cakes would be good, and they weren’t disappointed – riders were caught tucking into homebaked goodies like carrot cake, Mars Bar cake and the famed Velodrome cake at several points before, during and after the ride.
Maybe next year VCW could step up to the next route, Barry’s Bristol Bash – a similar distance but heading north, rumoured to have legendary strawberry pavlova courtesy of the local WI. Or even the 200km Barry’s Ball Buster, a monster combination of the two? With such a warm atmosphere and fine baking, VC Walcot will definitely be back.
Congratulations and thanks to our friends at LVIS for hosting such a great event.