Road Cycling Highlight
Planned by komoot
The significance of the ride name here is all about Weymouth, which is steeped in history thanks to King George III. It became the seat of government during his reign after he decided to move here for the summers to bathe and recuperate – once you feel the sun draping down on you while riding you'll certainly appreciate the warmer climes down here on the Dorset coast. His presence gave the town a distinct architectural feel, which you'll pick up on as you cruise out for the start of the ride.
It gets going by heading northwards into the county, taking in some decent climbs along the way before hitting the first amazing view point from Abbotsbury, arguably giving you one of the most iconic and treasured views of Chesil Beach. The route then parallels this on some slightly busier roads on the way down to Portland (unfortunately there's no way to avoid these). Portland is a peninsula known for its quarrying and superstition about rabbits (ask the locals if you're feeling brave). Watch out for the winds as they whip in here from the English channel, so we’d recommend choosing a day when the wind is relatively still.
Once you've done the final climb up and onto Portland, you can roll down to Portland Bill and pick either of two cafes at the furthest-most tip of land. Certain tourist souvenirs should fit nicely into your jersey pocket.
And if you are curious about the 'rabbits', then here's a condensed answer:
The stone from Portland's huge stone quarry was used by Sir Christopher Wren for St Paul's Cathedral. Word has it that supposedly you're not allowed to say 'Rabbits' while on the Isle of Portland as local superstition says that it'll cause a collapse in the quarry. Would you really want to be responsible for that?