Bike4Bart – Meon Valley
27 April 2019
From the organiser
The Andrew Simpson Foundation is delighted to announce its second annual Bike4Bart Charity cycle ride for 2019!Building on the success of 2018s inaugural Bike4Bart event, the Andrew Simpson Foundation are bringing this next cyclosportive to Portsmouth. Held at the charitys watersports centre based on Eastern Road, Portsmouth, Bike4Bart will take place on Saturday 27th April and aims to help increase participation in sport and promote health and wellbeing to all.New for this year is our Bike4Bart Watersports Festival, combining sport, water activities and music and a welcome addition to the events calendar for ASWC Portsmouth!Bike4Bart also helps to help raise awareness of the amazing work that is currently carried out by the Andrew Simpson Foundation around the world, and to raise funds, enabling the Foundation to continue delivering on its mission of improving the lives of young people through sailing.The ride will head out to the Meon Valley on road routes of varying distances and terrains! The event also boasts a Water-sports festival offering free water-based activities, in addition to music and activities for all the family to enjoy.FUNDRAISE & SAVE!This year we'll be offering fundraiser ticket options for the price of 10 if you can pledge to raise 150 for the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Pay the listed entry fee and as soon as you hit the 150 target, we'll refund you the difference as a thanks for your support! Why not set up a fundraising campaign on our Bike4Bart JustGiving Page! Just go to https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/assf/bike4bart
Included with your entry fee will be:Free car parking Toilets at start/finish Full route marking Route marshals Mechanical Support Pickup if required Free feed stations First aid support Free massages On site catering - Open 7am for breakfast Event Photography Medals Self-timing record comparison
The journey starts at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre in Portsmouth with all 3 routes heading north, taking you on your first steady climb to Portsdown Hill. Make sure you take a look over your shoulder at the stunning views across the Solent towards the Isle Of Wight and further afield. Once you’ve reached the top of Portsdown Hill the route starts its meander through the Meon Valley. Stunning villages fly past as you venture deeper into Hampshire and a stunning section of the course called old Winchester Hill. This descent leaves you on the edge of your seat as an avenue of old oak trees steeped in history takes you down to the small village of Warnford.From here the route continues on to the quaint town of Alresford and out to the top of the route at Upton Grey. From here you start your cycle back towards Portsmouth, soaking up the scenery snaking past more beautiful places like Preston Candover. The route starts to follow the River Itchen back to its source at New Cheriton. From here you’re starting to make your way to the final climb of the day back up over Portsdown Hill. Take your time to soak up the views once again and then descend back to the venue where you will be greeted with a medal and a beer!
The event will be located at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre in Portsmouth, about an hour's drive south of London. The event centre can easily be accessed from within the city via the 21 bus to Robinson Way.
Participant ExtrasFree car parkingToilets at start/finishFull route markingRoute marshalsMechanical SupportPickup if requiredFree feed stationsFirst aid supportFree massagesOn site catering – Open 7am for breakfastEvent PhotographyMedalsSelf-timing record comparison