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"After Cheddar Gorge the hills just kept coming"

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What a pleasure it was hosting Ride Across Britain this weekend. An incredible and inspirational effort from all the participants.

Are there many better places to ride a bicycle in Britain? Bath and the South West boast some truly stunning scenery that provided quite the backdrop for the riders. One cyclist told us, "After Cheddar Gorge the hills just kept coming".

Those hills were a big challenge for the riders who pulled into the University on Sunday evening ready for a good night's rest. After propelling themselves over 100 miles from Devon, we were delighted to be able to guide them to their rooms in The Quads.

And as if that wasn't impressive enough, they were all up at dawn on Monday to carry on to Ludlow.

The Deloitte Ride Across Britain rounds off what has been a hugely successful summer for AHS, with the department bringing in over £1 million for the University through the thousands of guest accommodation bookings we have taken since mid-June.

So thank you to Ride Across Britain for staying with us and best of luck to all the riders on the rest of the journey to John O'Groats. We hope you have a fantastic trip, and we'll see you again next year.


We took some photographs of the event.


Ride Across Britain

📥  Accommodation, Events, Special events

This weekend we'll welcome over 780 cyclists taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain as they make their way along the 980 mile route from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Riders, support staff and organisers will get to Bath on Sunday, having completed the 110 mile stage from Okehampton in Devon, and we'll be their home for the night.

This is the final big event of our commercial summer business and has contributed to us bringing in over £1 million during the last three months.

We can't wait to welcome them all and provide them with the rest and relaxation they'll need by the time they pedal in to campus. We'll be back with photos and we'll tell you how it all went next week.

The riders are not professional, which makes the distances they ride even more impressive. This is an event for anyone and everyone. It is possible to take part in the whole thing, or just certain stages. If you know somebody taking part, you can follow the route and progress of the riders.

After we wave the riders off on Monday morning, when they set off on the 99 mile journey to Ludlow, our attention will immediately turn to preparing for the arrival of our new students.

More on that soon.