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UK Cyclist: Long-distance and leisure cycling in the South-west and elsewhere

100k starting at 09.00 23rd November 2019 This ride is a fairly flat 100km starting from The Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook, just outside Exeter. It travels on the main road up the Exe valley to Bampton (where we always stop for breakfast, Bampton being the first control). We then take the rolling B-road to Norton Fitzwarren before turning into the lanes to Wellington, and then a mixture of lanes and B-road all the way home.  A good winter ride as much of it is on fairly main roads. Entry and details here.

200k - 23rd February 2020   200km cycling event starting from Cranbrook,, Devon. Controls at Honiton, Bampton, Barnstaple, Great Torrington and Okehampton.    Route details & entry form here.

100k - 15 March 2020 A gentle brevet populaire to accompany Sarah's 200. The 100km is a figure of eight route around Otterton, Uffculme and Churchinford.               PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. See the entry form for details & route instructions

200k - 15 March 2020  Sarah's event, new start and new route in 2018. It still climbs over the Quantock Hills in Somerset.   Look out for Dead Woman's Ditch on top of the Quantocks. This is an excellent early season run. A wide variety of roads and scenery make the Mad March a memorable experience, with an interesting mix of weather guaranteed!    Route details & entry form here.

Combwich170k (100 miles), 08:30, 19 April 2020

A 100 mile event starting from Honiton, with two controls, at Witheridge and Combwich.

25 April 2020 starting at 8:00am

A straightforward route with a spectacularly scenic and rather challenging section along the North Devon coast. There are good cafe and pub controls, and food and drink at the finish.

image09 May 2020 starting at 6:00am

The route is a simple as possible, with only five intermediate controls. It follows mostly quiet rural roads.

600k - 06 June 2019 starting at 0700 (Leighton Buzzard)

600k - 11 July 2019 starting at 0600 (Exeter)

imageThe Buzzard is a basic ('X'-rated) event from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire to Exeter in Devon, and back. The route is straightforward and includes some A and B roads. The two events follow the same route, starting from LB or from Exeter.

400k -  12 June 2020

Starting from a pub on the Blackdown Hills near Taunton at 10:30pm this event rides through the night to dawn somewhere in Somerset. Then across the Severn Bridge and back home again.

04 July 2020 starting at 12:00 noon

This is a point-to-point event starting at Exeter St David's Railway station and finishing at London Marylebone. Controls are at Wells, Durrington (Wilts), Stow-on-the-Wold, Buckingham, Marylebone (finish).

Long-distance cycling under AUK rules is often (though inaccurately) referred to as audaxing. Mudguards are not required for any of these events. Use whatever bike suits you. If you don't want to follow a routesheet then download the GPS file. You will need to be fit and self-sufficient. Most of these events, especially the longer ones, are hard. You should be an experienced cyclist with both fitness and stamina. There is a minimum speed of 15kph for all the events of 200km and above. Don't worry about the maximum speed of 30kph, you won't get near it. Prepare your bike and yourself carefully for any of these events. If you do all the distances, you become an Exeter Wheelers Super Randonneur.

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