The Gert Lush Rides - splendid countryside, beautiful people and period surprises
What we loved most of all about last year was the way that riders spontaneously formed into groups and rode the course together. To see twenty vintage riders, all kitted out and in elegant formation, made our hearts sing as it’s exactly what we hoped to achieve in terms of a community coming together.
This year, with our VE Day theme, we’re focusing the entertainment en route for pre-1945 musical treats. So look out for a choir, a trumpeter and other surprises to celebrate the outbreak of peace across Europe in May 1945.
On to the rides!
The Roight Lush is a thirty five mile feast that allows time for chat, admiring the view and some photo opportunities. There’s one hill of note, just before Blagdon and a right turn to the feed station but the views across Somerset and the roads are a treat. After a relaxing lunch at Burrington the Strawberry Line beckons with its unmetalled surface takes us back to a time when bikes weren’t vintage, just bikes. Homeward bound via a lovely, fast road across the levels and The Gert Lush Jamboree awaits.
The Gert Lush takes on Cheddar Gorge as part of it’s 65 mile excursion across Chew Valley and the Mendips. It’s more stretching that the Roight Lush but, saying that, one of our riders took a fixie as his bike last year and is returning this year. Expect the mobile feed station to stave off ‘le bonk’ and a water stop at the descent off the Mendips before lunch at Burrington and the journey home in the company of the Roight Lushers.
The Babba Lush is our free kids and parents ride. We like to think it’s a window into the world of vintage cycling for families and hope that it’ll sow the seeds for future generations of retro bicyclists. The 5km ride flat route on mainly off road tarmac tips out into the countryside and gives the opportunity for some train spotting. Now if only we could lay on a steam train…
Back at base The Gert Lush Jamboree is waiting with live Jazz, bike displays from Argos and Carpenter Bikes, a period café, WW2 bike talk from legend Chris Sidwells, pies and pints, bikes and vintage treats from Glory Days Bikes, bike jumble and much much more. We’d like you to linger for a couple of hours and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some well earned relaxation.
As ever, more info and entries at thegertlush.com
Our sponsors Trek Bristol will be on hand with mechanical support at the lunch stop and will be roving to fix any en route mechanicals.
We thank them as well as our other sponsors Bath Ales with their wonderful Gem and Barcan+Kirby, a brilliant Bristol law firm.