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

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.

Starting from Cranbrook, it follows the old A30 through Exeter all the way to Okehampton and the Waitrose cafe. Leaving the town via North St, it follows the B3217 through Exbourne, Iddesleigh and High Bickington before joining the A377 into Barnstaple and another cafe control. From Barnstaple the route heads East on old roads through Swimbridge to South Molton, then joins the B3227, the old North Devon road, to Wiveliscombe. It's a free control here, though the White Hart, on the left, is recommended. Leaving 'Wivvy' the route goes through Halse and Bishops Lydeard then over the Quantocks, through Bridgwater, and on to Cheddar. From there, heading due South on lanes across the Somerset Levels via Wedmore, Westhay and Langport, you cross the A303 to a final control near South Petherton. Finally, heading West again, you'll go through Ilminster to join the A30 through Yarcombe, and eventually the old coach road to Honiton and the Roman Road, the old A30, to the finish..
(Read Rob Simmons' account of the event here)

The controls

Okehampton.  The named control is the Waitrose store, which has a cafe inside.  There is also a Wetherspoon pub, The White Hart (open from 0700), on the left just after the traffic Lights.

Barnstaple.  The Station-Master's cafe is in part of the station building.  Food and drink available.

Wiveliscombe.  Free control.  Pubs, Co-op store, cafe in the town.  Some will be open depending on your time of arrival.

Cheddar.  Riverside Inn has food and drink.  There are a carpark and an outdoor seating area behind the pub.

South Petherton.  24hr garage with food and drink.  You can also find provisions at Ilminster, a few miles further on.

The finish.  There will be food and drink at the finish as usual.

Map of the route here

pdf routesheet here updated 21.02.2020
gps file here updated 21.02.2020
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PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. See the entry form for details.

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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