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

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.

From Honiton the event takes a popular route northwards over the edge of the Blackdowns to the Lowman valley and on to Dulverton on the edge of Exmoor. After a cafe stop it climbs on to the moor through Simonsbath and descends through the spectacular gorge to Lynmouth. The climb up to Lynton is more sharp than short, but there's a reward in the form of good food at Mother Meldrum's at the entrance to the Valley of the Rocks.

Valley of the RocksThe next section is short, scenic, and very hard. It follows steep narrow lanes that cling to the coast and offer fine views down to the beach as well as across to the Welsh coast. It's only 20k, but the control at Combe Martin won't be too soon for most riders.

There follows a long steady climb to South Molton and a direct but laney route to Crediton and the final control.

The final leg is a cross-country route going across the Exe Valley before joining the old A30 for an easy run back to Honiton and the finish.

Start: Honiton

The Controls

Dulverton. The Copper Kettle.  Friendly tea-rooms.  Or get an ATM receipt from the nearby bank if you don't wish to stop.

Valley of the Rocks.  Mother Meldrum's tea-rooms, named after a character in Lorna Doone.

Combe Martin. The Pack o' Cards [wiki link], built by an eccentric local land-owner.  Food and drink available.

Crediton. Morrisons supermarket.  Food and drink available.

The finish.  Food and drink will be avaialble at the finish as usual.

Finish: Honiton

PDF routesheet here
[updated 21.09.2018]
gps file here
Updated 21.09 2018]
Map of the route
Find B&B

is required for entrants under 18 years of age.

AUK entry form


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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