"Expect a challenge, expect to get dirty, expect a day of having fun on bikes."
Early last month Bristol's Das Rad Klub put on their second 'Dirty Sunday' ride of the year, in what is to now be an annual dirt ride hosted by the club. The first ever Dirty Sunday took place 6 months earlier in the midst of the heatwave, resulting in a tough and dusty gravel grind of a ride. Regular weather was resumed for this second edition as 65 riders rolled out from Forever Pedalling in central Bristol and headed south towards the Mendip heathlands and spectacular views of the Somerset Levels. There was no ride leader, just a GPS route to guide them towards a number of checkpoints over 100km's. The challenging self navigated route took on a variety of terrain from lanes and gravel pathways to rocky trails with some unridable sections thrown in for good measure. There was a mid-ride lunch stop in the beautiful Cheddar Gorge before riders thrown straight back into it with a tough climb out of the village and back towards Bristol. The ride finished up at cafe Little Victories with riders slowly emerging with muddy faces to share stories from the days adventure.
Gravel bikes, cyclocross, MTB, fatbike, drop-bar or flat-bar, lycra or a plaid shirt - all were on display. The beauty of a ride like this is that they bring together a really diverse group of riders all taking different approach to tackling the challenge. Some aimed to rail it round every bit of singletrack while others cruised along taking in the surrounding scenery.
Bristol based photographer Ed Wirgman was the man behind the lens to capture the days action in 35mm film format, check out his photoset of the days action.