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

Riders at the start

166k - 5th April 2015

A popular 100 miler starting from Honiton. This year it runs on the same weekend as the Valley of the Rocks 200. The route goes via North Curry, Mark and Axbridge, Wedhay & Cheddar, to Glastonbury, returning through Langport and Curry Rivel.

There is a section of A30 out of the town before the route heads along minor roads and over the Blackdown Hills on rural lanes. It then drops to the Somerset Levels on lanes only three or four metres above sea level. The vast drainage ditches carry pumped water away, but flooding still often occurs. There are some ridges to cross, where the settlements are and along which the main roads run. The first control is at the community coffee shop in North Curry. After an info control at Axbridge there's an easy route to Glastonbury – you will see the Tor ahead of you – and a superb town-centre cafe. There is a short section of A39 as you start the homeward journey, then more lanes to High Ham. The route then goes through Langport and turns to follow through Hambridge and Broadway. Burrowbridge - Copyright Ruth Sharville and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceThe final leg is straightforward,along the A30 through Yarcombe before eventually joining the old coaching road near Cotleigh and continuing to the finish at Honiton.

Note that there is no off-road parking at the start. Being Sunday, there is free parking along the High Street. There are also long-term car parks in Dowell St and off New Street. Please park considerately.

PDF routesheet here
gps file here

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age.

Entry form

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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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