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

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

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

The first half of this event takes you into the more remote parts of mid and north Devon. The second part crosses into Somerset and climbs to spectacular views from the top of the Quantocks before descending to the quiet village of Combwich (the limerick on the wall of the pub tells you how to pronounce it) which is protected from tidal surges along the Parrett estuary by a 10ft embankment. The final leg takes a laney route through villages, over the Blackdowns, and back to food and drink at Honiton.

The controls

The Paper Shop at Witheridge.  They sell sandwiches and coffee, etc.  Ask at the counter for coffee.

The Anchor Inn at Combwich.  Food and drink available.  If they're busy service might be slow.

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

Here is a map of the route

Routesheet (updated 21.09.2018)

GPS file (track)

Entry (AUK site)

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. See the entry form for details.


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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