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UK Cyclist: Long-distance and leisure cycling in the South-west and elsewhere
200k - 18th March 2018   Sarah's event with a new start and new route for 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!    

Combwich170k, 08:30, 15 April 2018

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

100k - 18th March 2018 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

Woody Bay on the VoR28th April 2018 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.

image26th May 2018 starting at 6:00am

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

9th June 2018 starting at 12:00 noon

This is a new event, starting in Exeter and finishing at Marylebone in London. Controls are at Wells, Durrington (Wilts), Stow-on-the-Wold, Buckingham, Marylebone (finish).

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1st July 2018 - 10 am - Carharrack

This popular Cornish randonnée is now in its 23rd edition in its familiar dual format - a 67km route on the tarmac for the roadies, and a 66km parallel off road route for the mountain bikers, which is 90% off-road and has some technical bits. Both trace the now scenic industrial landscape of the Copper Kingdom and the Great Flat Lode.

600k - 7th July 2018 starting at 0700 (Leighton Buzzard) or 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. There are two starts, from LB and from Exeter.

400k - 22nd June 2018

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.

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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