Ride Info

Bike Shed have striven to make this event as good value as possible, aiming to give riders great bang for your buck. This is 100% a charity sportive so any proceeds made from this event are going directly to our local charity partner FORCE Cancer Charity.

On the day all riders will be treated to a FREE breakfast. Last year, we gave local business ‘Rustic Table‘ the responsibility of fuelling your engines and they absolutely smashed it with a bangin’ brekkie for all; including bowls of creamy porridge, wholesome muesli and a tasty kedgeree – full of carbs to keep that engine and legs going. It’s safe to say, we’re inviting them back for 2018.

Also returning for 2018 is the 40 mile route. This route gets the best feedback year on year; providing additional route options for the more leisurely cyclists among us, a useful shortcut should the weather take a turn, and a way to step up the challenge for those who’ve previously completed the 25 mile route.

We fully appreciate your support for the event and Bike Shed will strive to send you home with a big smile after a cracking day in the saddle.

 

What does my entry fee include?

– Breakfast at Ride HQ

– Beer upon return to Ride HQ

– Parking close to Ride HQ

– Fully signposted routes

– Mechanical support

– Well stocked feed stations

– First aid / emergency support

– Event photography #Smuggler2018

– Following vehicles to sweep up

– Toilet facilities at HQ

 

How much does it cost?

The Smuggler – 80 miles: £30.00 via British Cycling (£35 on the day)

The Smuggler – 50 miles: £30.00 via British Cycling (£35 on the day)

The Smuggler – 40 miles: £30.00 via British Cycling (£35 on the day)

The Smuggler – 20 miles: £20.00 via British Cycling (£25 on the day)

All entries must be placed online through this British Cycling link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/156298/The-Smuggler-2017

Please note: This is a charity event. Entries are non-transferable and refunds are at the discretion of the organiser. 

 

START DETAILS FOR ALL ROUTES: 

With 4 routes on offer at The Smuggler we have devised a start window for each ride, this is aiming to ensure all riders finish within a certain time span. This is mainly a safety precaution, but the positive side effect is that there will be a fantastic atmosphere at the finish line. Slower riders (and those on the 80 mile route) won’t miss out on the grub, and those with family/friends riding different routes won’t have to wait around for quite so long!

 

The 50 & 80 mile routes are challenging rides, with plenty of climbing to give those legs a test –  North Devon doesn’t have much flat tarmac we’re afraid to say. It makes up for it with it’s beauty though.

Take your time, soak in the views, enjoy the food at the feed stations (eat every hour as a rule of thumb) and drink regularly. Keeping well fuelled is absolutely the key to keeping those legs turning and maintaining energy levels – no gas, no go.

We will be starting you in waves of 30-40 riders, with a 5 minute gap in between. There will be a full safety briefing at the start line. Please listen carefully.

Please make every effort to stick to these start times, especially the 80 mile riders. 

80 MILE ROUTE:

Start: Between 0730 – 0830

50 MILE ROUTE:

Between 0830 – 0930

40 MILE ROUTE:

Between 0930 – 1000

20 MILE ROUTE:

Between 1000 – 1030

 

* No 20 mile riders will be able to start before 1000.

* No riders will be able to start before 0730, and none after 1030.

* Remember you are on public roads, the Highway Code applies!

* Exceptions are at the organiser’s discretion

 

On the back of your number, there will be phone number for mechanical assistance, medical assistance, and ride HQ. 

We will endeavour to ensure these phones have signal, but we can’t guarantee this – Exmoor is a remote place! We advise you leave 1 voicemail message, then keep trying. 

 

Will there be feed stations?

Yes. Feed stations will be located at regular mileage intervals during your chosen ride. The stations will provide an assortment of energy food and drink to keep you fuelled on your cycle. Please be sure to take full advantage of these stations to keep all important energy levels up.

 

Will the route be signposted?

All four routes will be clearly signposted, at the start of your ride during the ‘riders brief’ the event organiser will clearly point out the signs / arrows you will be following. We have striven to use quiet, stunning roads, avoiding any busy main routes where possible. 

We also have GPS files of all routes here.

 

What if my bike breaks?

There will be mechanical support available on the day from fully trained Bike Shed mechanics for any bike emergencies you can’t sort yourself. It is recommended every rider carries at least two spare inner tubes, a multi-tool and a pump. Inner tubes will be available to purchase from feed stations. Ride HQ will have all of the above and more available. 

 

Parking?

There are two car parks on offer for the event, we have secured FREE parking all day with no time restrictions.

Both car parks will be clearly signed from the major roundabouts on the way into Barnstaple. Please use the Google maps links below to confirm your chosen location.

Once parked please follow signs to RIDE HQ. 

1. BARNSTAPLE PARK & RIDE

Park School

EX32 9AX

map

2. NORTH DEVON LEISURE CENTRE, LONG STAY

Seven Brethren Bank

Barnstaple

EX31 2AP

map

 

Anything else?

Enjoy the ride and enjoy North Devon! Remember this event is not a race, you will be riding on public roads that will be open to other traffic, so normal highway rules apply. Any dangerous spots will be marshalled but keep your eyes peeled and respect other road users.

This is not a timed event. 

All riders MUST wear an approved cycle helmet, this is mandatory by law for all UCI registered cycle events.

Bon courage! See you in the bar at the finish!