Ahoy there Smugglers… 

The Smuggler routes were born from wanting to showcase some of North Devon’s hidden tarmac gems, it’s about exploring some truly unique bits of road and having fun, with some great food and a few beers at the end thrown into the mix. Hopefully sending you home with a big smile.

The 50 & 80 mile routes are without doubt challenging, with a solid chunk of climbing, but also very achievable with some truly breathtaking stretches awaiting you. The Porlock and Lee Bay Tolls are right up there with the finest bits of cycling tarmac in the UK.

The 40 mile route will follow the 50 & 80 mile rides out to Simonsbath. After a hot brew and filling your pockets with food it’s back to Barnstaple via Challacombe and Loxhore. A really fun ride home with loads of great downhills.

The 50 & 80 mile rides will have feedstations at both Simonsbath & Lee Abbey (in an incredible spot above the beach).

The 40 mile ride will use the Simonsbath feedstation only.

The 20 mile feedstation will be at The Railway Cafe in Bideford. 

Total ascent for each ride is:

80 mile – 2707m (8881 ft)
50 mile – 1699m (5574 ft)
40 mile  – 1214m (3984 ft)
20 mile – 282m (925 ft)

As per years gone by, there will be the added twist of the ‘booty climbs’, where riders can earn free beer & drinks from the challenge of extra climbing. The heroic agony is truly worthwhile, last year we gave out over 300 FREE BEERS!! 

If anyone has any questions on anything to do with the routes just give us a shout.

Happy riding, see you on the road!

Ooooaarrggghhhh!

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