A HUGE THANKS

Dear Land Lubbers

A great day was had by the majority, following the Smuggler route over the moor and along the coast.  The feedback given told us it was a well-received day.

We at BikeShed are hugely grateful for the mega signup, just short of 700 riders in total, not bad for a 80/90% chance of precipitation on the day! The sunshine did come out to send you off with a smile and see you home, so hopefully you’ll remember it fondly enough to sign up for June 3rd, 2018. Speaking of next year, it is our 5th anniversary of the event, so something extra special is being conjured up… Can’t say more or you’d have to walk the plank! 

Photo’s have already popped up all over the shop – there’s an album of badly taken snaps from around Ride HQ on our Facebook page! Also, Sportive Photo were the pro-photographers hiding in the bushes, their photos are available at www.sportivephoto.com

I must mention the folks who give so generously to make the event what it is, so please extend your thanks should you come across the following, and better still support them where possible.

  • Simon and ‘Country Life Brewery’ who donated the beer you enjoyed.
  • Steve and Kate with ‘Rustic Table’, what great food from their “field kitchen”! A great deal……….although I didn’t tell them at the time!!
  • Julia and William from Claremont Marquees, who allow us a very generous rate and are so obliging with their time.
  • Dave at ‘Crankhouse Coffee’ provider of super smooth coffee at the BikeShed Café and Strava prize provider.
  • Railway Cafe at Bideford for the coffees.
  • Mick at Exmoor Forest Inn at Simonsbath, great hospitality and coffee pit stop.
  • Phil Parkes at Lee Abbey who was chopping the grass and clearing the site for us at 7am on the morning.
  • Porlock toll road estates.
  • Petroc College for the leg saving massages.
  • North Devon Council/Barnstaple town management for helping with the ‘tick boxes’.
  • MediBike guys and Ricky Hill for attempting to keep us all safe.
  • Sainsbury’s & Tesco for the discount in helping to fill our feed stations.
  • And of course, the real smugglers/marshals from ‘Taw Velo CC’ and ‘The Hell Cats Mudwrestlers’ fully decked out to cheer you on, adding such atmosphere when you least expected it.

Oops nearly forgot……to my brilliant team of guys and girls at BikeShed/Café/Bike-It who got up before first light to check the parrots were all on their perches ready for ‘anchors aweigh’, and my family who manned Lee Bay. (Special thanks to Keith who took on the role of Cap’n from Marcus)

STRAVA COMP:

We’re having a bit of trouble associating the winning Strava times with riders – aliases are doing us no favours! If you think you’re up there on the leaderboard, please email us with a link to your ride. We’ll dish out the prizes once we’re confident in the winners!

Please email the times or segment link through the website. The segments are ‘Beara Hill Short’ & ‘Porlock Toll Road’.

The male & female winners will receive a £30 voucher for The Bike Shed. 2nd and 3rd will be the lucky recipients of some smooth Crankhouse Coffee. All rides must be submitted to the Bike Shed via the event website by WED 21ST JUNE. http://www.thesmugglersportive.co.uk/contact-us/

Finally, thanks to Sarah at Force Cancer Charity for helping us connect to a great charity and giving reason for raising money that benefits so many. What better excuse to go ride a bike. Hope to see you next year if not before.

 

P.S. I can already feel the bounce of the plank……apologies to those that I should have given a mention!

Booty Climbs & Strava Competitions!

As before, The Smuggler Sportive will be incorporating a few sneaky additions to your ride, just to add a little spice to proceedings!

Our ever popular Strava Segment competition will be live along the route. 

We’ll be offering prizes for the fastest male & female riders along the following 2 segments:

1: Beara Hill Short
https://www.strava.com/segments/1133526
2: Porlock Toll Road
https://www.strava.com/segments/894936

All you need to do is upload your ride to Strava!

If you’re the fastest man or woman to ascend either of these brutes on the day, you’ll bag yourself a treat. There will also be a bag of the BEST coffee in town courtesy of Crankhouse Coffee for 2nd & 3rd place.

 

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Also, our famed optional ‘Booty Climbs’ await anyone feeling strong: 

They will be clearly marked on the day and will be lined with Smuggling Pirates ringing their cowbells and cheering you on! Upon reaching the top, you’ll be showered with praise and handed your booty in the form of a golden beer token! Stuff it in your jersey and redeem it back at ride HQ upon your return, where Country Life Brewery will be on hand to load you with post-ride nutritional amber-nectar!

 

 

Last year we gave away over 300 free drinks to riders who took on the challenge. Amazing effort! 

Chapeau!

RIDERS’ BRIEF 2017

THE SMUGGLER SPORTIVE – RIDERS BRIEF!

This ‘riders brief’ contains all the crucial information you need for the day. Please read it carefully.

We’re afraid it’s far from brief.. but it’s important, and very helpful.

 

Bike Shed’s fourth Smuggler sportive is ready to roll, the good ship is ready to weigh anchor on June 4th, setting sail from Barnstaple’s fine shores. We hope you’re looking forward to it.

First and foremost a huge thank you from Bike Shed for entering The Smuggler, again we are so chuffed with the response the event has had and the support you have given by entering. Bike Shed and our charity partners FORCE Cancer Charity and North Devon Hospice are very grateful.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Smuggler HQ on Barnstaple Square, and show you a few of our favourite tarmac gems. North Devon & Exmoor in our opinion have some of the finest cycling roads in the UK – we hope you enjoy them, even if they are quite lumpy!

Remember this is charity sportive, with all profits going directly to our charity partners  – FORCE Cancer Charity and The North Devon Hospice. All Bike Shed hope in return is you have a great day on the bike and you try to raise a few pennies – both charities rely entirely on great people like you to keep their essential services going. Set up a giving webpage, or give on the day. Please dig deep.

A massive thank you to our brilliant event partners – Taw Velo Cycle Club for all the marshals, Barnstaple Town Management, Country Life Brewery for their fine ales, Dr Andy Middlebrook of ESC Ltd, North Devon Council, Crankhouse Coffee for the Strava prizes, and our charities FORCE Cancer and North Devon Hospice.

Finally cross your digits Mother Nature wakes up in a happy mood on Sunday, it’s looking good at the minute so do your best sun dance.

See you on Sunday, get those feet up!

Oooooarrrrggghhh!

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RIDE HQ:

This is located on Barnstaple Square, all rides start & finish here.

Event Registration is located in the event marquee – you can’t miss it. 

Ride HQ will be clearly sign posted from the two event car parks – both within a 5 min walk/cycle to HQ.

Toilets are behind the marquee.

Address: 

BIKE SHED

Barnstaple Square

EX32 8LS

Tel: 01271 328 628

Map

PARKING: 

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

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

* Be careful if you have bikes on the roof as there is a high bar, clearance should be fine but just be aware!

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REGISTRATION / SIGN ON PROCEDURE: 

Registration will be located in the event marquee at RIDE HQ on Barnstaple Square on both Saturday AND Sunday. 

Please be advised if you are able, signing on for your ride on Saturday afternoon is highly recommended. It will save you time on Sunday morning when most riders will arrive. If this isn’t possible of course Sunday morning is fine, just allow extra time before your start.

SATURDAY Registration open: 1200 – 1600hrs.

SUNDAY Registration: 0700 – 0900hrs.

– Registration desks will list riders surnames alphabetically.

– Find your name and grab your rider number and cable ties (reg staff will tell you how to fix your number to your bike if needed)

– Sign your name in the box next to your details. (This is essential)

– Entry on the day is available. This will be £35.00 for the 40/50/80 mile routes and £25.00 for the 20 mile route. CASH ONLY. Cash machines are nearby.

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FREE BREAKFAST FOR ALL RIDERS!

Kate West of Rustic Table is conjuring up a FREE breakfast for all cyclists from 0700Make sure you don’t miss out! There will be steaming mugs of tea and coffee on offer too.

If you want more of a caffeine boost the Bike Shed Café and our crew of baristas will be banging out the finest espresso to get you going.

Family and supporters will be able to buy breakfast & lunchand the cafe will be serving our smashin’ bagels, baguettes and cakes all day. 

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START DETAILS FOR ALL ROUTES: 

With FOUR 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 – both for safety and so you get back to enjoy some well earned grub & a beer!

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.

All routes will be clearly signed but if you’d like to print your own map, click here to download: 

http://www.thesmugglersportive.co.uk/about/the-routes/

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 engine.

We will be starting you in waves of approx 30-40 riders, with a 5-10min 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.

You know your legs, if slow & steady is your game, try & set off early to avoid missing the fun back at Ride HQ afterwards. 

80 MILE ROUTE:

Start: Between 0800 – 0900

50 MILE ROUTE:

Between 0830 – 0930

40 MILE ROUTE:

Between 0900 – 0930

20 MILE ROUTE:

Between 0930 – 1000

DOWNLOAD THE GPS FILES FOR ROUTES HERE:

http://www.thesmugglersportive.co.uk/about/the-routes/

IMPORTANT!

* No 20 mile riders will be able to start before 0930. 

* No riders will be able to start before 0800, and none after 1030. 

* Please ride carefully over the start line, no rush! 

* Remember you are on public roads, the Highway Code and normal rules apply. 

* The 20 mile route returns via the Tarka Trail, so please be mindful of walkers and other cyclists.

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FEEDSTATIONS 

To keep your 2 cylinder engines fuelled there are finely stocked feed stations on all routes. The 50 & 80 mile rides have two, the 40 one, and the 20 route one. 

These stations will be brimming with energy food such as bananas, flapjacks, energy drinks, water, teas & coffees, and sandwiches at the lunch stop on the 50 & 80 – all staffed by our friendly volunteers, please be nice to them!

All stations will be clearly marked on routes, take full advantage of them – staying fuelled on a big ride is absolutely crucial and will ensure you finish with a smile not a grimace.

FEEDSTATION LOCATIONS:

40, 50 & 80 MILE:

SIMONSBATH @ 22 MILES

Exmoor Forest Inn.

50 & 80 MILE LUNCH STOP:

LEE ABBEY SHELTER @ 58 miles (80 mile route) & 33.8 miles (50 mile route)

The Shelter above Lee Abbey beach.

20 MILE ROUTE:

The Railway Café, Bideford @ 12 miles

On the Tarka Trail.

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VERY IMPORTANT: EMERGENCY CONTACTS: 

These are the emergency numbers for the day in case of injury or serious mechanical problem. Please get out your mobiles now and save them:

They will also be on the back of your rider number but PLEASE SAVE THEM INTO YOUR PHONES NOW. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT IN CASE OF INJURY: 

07542 698 536

There will be first aid supplies available at the following locations

  • Ride HQ
  • Marshall points
  • Feed stations
  • Bike Shed vans
  • Medical Personnel

There are 3 medi-bike motorbikes roaming the 40, 50, & 80 mile routes, and a permanent medic based at RIDE HQ.

MECHANICAL CONTACT IN CASE OF SERIOUS BIKE PROBLEM: 

07542 698 531

Bike Shed are supplying a mechanic at both feedstations on the 40, 50 & 80 mile routes, a further support motorbike with inner tubes and supplies will also roam these routes. 

There will also be a mechanic following the 20 mile route. 

* IN CASE OF A SERIOUS MEDICAL EMERGENCY DIAL 999 IMMEDIATELY

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VERY IMPORTANT: HOT SPOTS ON THE ROUTES:

The roads on the route are fantastic but there are some fairly dangerous spots, especially steep fast descents ready to catch you out, however good a rider you are. No crazy overtakes or kamikaze descending PLEASE.

All the danger spots will be marked clearly with CAUTION & SLOW SIGNS. However please keep your beady eyes peeled at ALL TIMES and do what the SIGNS AND OUR MARSHALS SAY. It’s for your safety. Please ride safely, remember this is not a race and the roads are open to traffic!

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FUN STUFF: BOOTY CLIMBS

The booty climbs are back by popular demand, over 300 riders took on the upward challenge again last year!

For added spice we lay down the gauntlet of TWO extra climbs, the reward for your bravery is a FREE beer or soft drink of your choice at the finish, plus the un-disputed bragging rights back at the bar.

The first is Lynmouth Hill, a 25-30% brute into Lynton BUT it saves you approx 7 miles and the tough Barbrook climb.

The second is a climb to Slattenslade, deep in the woods off the Lee Bay Toll – a real Smugglers hideaway. A steep, tough start with a narrow, windy finish.

The start of the climbs will be clearly marked and a Smuggler will dish out contraband gold beer tokens at the top. Stash them deep in your jersey and keep them safe – you’ve earnt that beer!

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STRAVA CHALLENGE 

Just to spice things up a little more there are two Strava sections on route. These are the climb out of Brayford called Beara Hill and The Porlock Toll climb. 

The start & finish of these Strava sections will be clearly marked. You must be already signed up to Strava and have your chosen device activated.

All riders on the 40, 50 and 80 mile routes will travel these roads.

The male & female overall winners for each climb will receive a £30 bike voucher for the Bike Shed. 

The 2nd & 3rd fastest man & woman to ascend each climb will win a bag of Crankhouse Smuggler Blend Coffee!

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BIKE PROBLEMS:

Bike Shed will have two mobile mechanic vans roaming the routes to help you out should your bike have a paddy.

The guys will do their very best to repair your bike on the spot and get you back on the road. Some big repairs may be tricky and obviously will have to charge if any major parts are needed.

All the feed stations will be stocked with spare inner tubes to buy and a track pump. If you’re without a tube, pick one up just in case.

There will also be a mechanic on hand at RIDE HQ.

THE FINISH

On your joyous and triumphant return to HQ as you pass under the finish gantry you will receive your FREE DRINK token. There will be bike racking available so hang up the pedals and to head straight to the bar!

Simon Lacey from Country Life Brewery has brewed up our very own ‘Smugglers Ale’ – Bike Shed hopes you hang around and sink a few ales with us and enjoy your food. You’ll have earned it!

Tom the event caterer will be serving up some fantastic food options to satisfy the deepest of hunger and refuel the body.

VERY IMPORTANT: THE FINISH

It is the rider’s responsibility to return to HQ after their ride. If a rider chooses (voluntarily or forcibly) NOT to return to HQ, they MUST call organisers on one of the 2 telephone numbers written on the back of their number. 

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THANKS AGAIN FROM THE BIKE SHED TEAM FOR ENTERING AND TAKING ON ‘THE SMUGGLER’. WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY.

Ooooaaaarrrrggghhhh!

Bike Shed and The Smuggler Team. 

Shuttle Transport

Ahoy Smugglers! 

We’re happy to announce we’ve secured support from Exeter based Exeplore Ltd, who operate ‘The Bike Bus‘! 

The Bike Bus specialise in offering transfers for cyclists and their bikes to and from cycling events. 

Journeys are £10 each way, for rider, kit and bike – payable in advance. There are currently 16 spaces available, so book your space fast to avoid disappointment.

There will be a single meeting point in Exeter, which will be chosen to be as convenient as possible for all passengers. There will also be a collection point at Bike Shed in Crediton. Full details of meeting points and times will be provided to passengers closer to the time. 

To book your space, contact Chris at Exeplore Ltd via email at exeplorelimited@hotmail.co.uk

ENTRY OPEN! THE SMUGGLER 2017

Bike Shed are pleased to announce entries for the 2017 ride on Sunday 4th June are now live.

ENTER THE SMUGGLER 2017 NOW:

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

We were so chuffed with the turnout and feedback from the past few years, there’s no way we couldn’t put the event on again. It was an amazing day with over 500 riders taking to the stunning North Devon roads. We can’t wait to welcome you guys back this year.

For 2017 we’ve retained the intermediate 40 mile distance for anyone who wants that step up from the 25 mile ride. There’ll be the same amazing food from last year and the booty climbs will be back – free beer up for grabs!

Don’t take our word for it, here’s what a few of you had to say… 

“The Smuggler was as an enjoyable a ride as I can remember having. The route is simply glorious and the two stretches on the toll roads are absolutely magnificent. It’s a hard ride, no doubt about that but immensely stunning.  The two stops with hot tea were wonderful and the mechanical support was brilliant too. To complete the ride and get a free beer was the icing on the cake. A truly great day and hopefully you have established a classic event that can continue in the future. Don’t change the route!” MARC MILLION.

“Thank you for a brilliant day yesterday! I did the 50 mile route and the hills on that were fun, but more than enough! I thought the organisation was brilliant, and some fantastic scenery that I haven’t seen before (even though I work in N Devon and live in Bude). This is only my 2nd sportive but definitely makes me feel brave enough to try a few more and even on my own next time!  The flapjack was lovely and very welcome, as was the porridge at the beginning! Thanks again, good job guys, looking forward to next year!!” CLAIRE CARDOO.

“I just wanted to say again how much I enjoyed the whole experience and to thank you and the rest of the Smuggler Team for putting on such a great sportive which was quite clearly made possible through a lot of hard work and commitment. As you said, Barnstaple now has its own sportive; something that you should all feel very proud to have achieved.” JAMIE ADAMS, TAW VELO.

Hi Guys, great event thank you, fantastic and really enjoyable route. The bell ringing Smuggler at the top of Lee Abbey hill kept me going with his encouragement and to grind them gears! Great.” NEIL MEDLAND.

Come and join us on Sunday 4th June.

OOOOAAAAAARRRGGGGGGHHHH!

ENTER NOW: 

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

Smuggler Sportive

Tom’s Top Tips: Tom Kirk of Custom Cycle Coaching

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We’re a little over 3 weeks away from the big day, and our good friend Tom Kirk from Custom Cycle Coaching has been kind enough to share some of his pearls of wisdom with you; our Smuggling Swashbucklers!

No matter whether you are an experienced sportive rider or the Smuggler is your first sportive you can look forward to a great challenge, whatever route you choose. The purpose of this guide is to focus on a few last minute tips to make your day more enjoyable.

1: Whatever route you have signed up to, it’s important to have ridden for close to your planned duration in training first. If your goal time for the 50 mile route is 3h for example try to build up to a 3h ride in the weeks beforehand, this will probably be at an easier pace than you’ll ride on the day but it’s good to get used to being on the bike that long.

2: The Smuggler is a hilly route, so alongside the distance the climbs are the main challenge. Include plenty of hills in your training leading up to the event, practicing pacing your effort so you’re able to finish strongly and keep going over the top. If you live in a flat area or do a lot of turbo riding you can include some big gear work to simulate the effect of hills. Include 3-4 5min harder efforts pushing a big gear with your hands on the top of the bars as if you were climbing and concentrate on remaining relaxed, smooth, controlled breathing and maintaining a cadence (pedal speed) of over 70 revolutions per minute.

3: With hills come descents! If you’re not confident descending fast, first of all address your bike fit (are you stable and in control of the bike?) and cornering skills. Keep your body relaxed and do your braking before the corners so you can concentrate on taking a smooth line through the bends. A great tip is to look where you want to go (not at that tree or oncoming car!), as the bike will generally follow!

4: Especially in the longer distance rides, nutrition can be very important. You will be using a lot of energy and if it’s hot, losing a lot of fluid through sweating too, so don’t be tempted to skip the feed stations to save seconds as if you run out of energy later it can be hard to recover. It’s important to practice eating and drinking on the bike before the sportive itself and that is also a great way to find out what suits your body. If you have a favourite energy drink or food it’s a good idea to start off with that, as the last thing you want in a tough sportive is to find out something doesn’t agree with your stomach!

5: Finally, make sure you’re well rested coming into the event. We’re getting close to the big day now and it can be tempting to try to really push the last minute training but rest is important too! Your last long ride should be at least a week before then start to reduce the length and intensity of your sessions to arrive on the start line rested and ready to smash it!

Good luck!
Tom Kirk, Custom Cycle Coaching
www.customcyclecoaching.co.uk

If you’re yet to get your entry in, Enter Now and get it locked in today.. places are going fast!

6 Weeks To Go – 6 Top Tips – Bike Shed Bianchi Team Manager

6 weeks out and 6 manager’s specials, things to consider now.

1. Bike; get it looked over, serviced and order in some brake pads and perhaps new bar tape. On a big, target event, you’ll be spitting nails if a mechanical issue gets the best of you. It’s surprising how psychologically uplifting new bar-tape for the big day can be.

2. Kit; work out what you’d like to wear in different riding conditions well in advance. Make sure you have mitts/gloves/gilet/armwarmers and pre-ride kit all in mind; do you need a casquette for under helmet if it rains? Check the ratchets and cleats on shoes too. Also, sun cream; it could be a long day out there, get protected, and if you sweat lots, get ‘no-tears’ kids factor 50, it won’t run into your eyes and sting for the last 20km!

3. Tyres; check now and be prepared to change for new rubber for your big day, again it is horrible to leave things to chance. Make sure your mini-pump/C02 canisters are working and ready to go too!

4. Practical things; how are you and your friends getting to HQ? Look at the logistics for the day and preceding days, don’t have a panic the day before.

5. Kit bag/mini tool kit, make sure you have one of each. Extras – wet wipes, buy some, they’re invaluable. Get some latex gloves or petrol station gloves, brilliant for the messier jobs, should you need to do something, clean hands are a must!

6. Prepare for misadventure! Are you happy in changing an inner tube/puncture? If not, don’t rely on others. Carry ID. The Smuggler is a hilly route, could be quite lonely at times so be prepared for what’s ahead, you’ll enjoy it way more.

Should you need any last minute kit, accessories or just some kind hearted advice, our partners at any of the Bike Shed stores will be happy to help.

PICTURES FROM THE DAY….

Ahoy Smugglers…

Sportive Photo’s pictures are now live on their home page, some cracking shots in there. Search your number and away you go. If you didn’t have a number search using 999. Hope you find some goodies.

http://www.sportivephoto.com

A MASSIVE THANK YOU FROM THE SMUGGLER BIKE SHED TEAM!

The Smuggler Bike Shed Team would like to say a huge thank you to all riders, supporters and marshals at yesterdays event. You guys truly make it a special day, seeing so many riders of all ages, out riding North Devon’s brilliant roads (somewhat hilly) and witnessing the smiles at the finish line make all the hard work worthwhile.

We will be sending out a full round up thank you mail in the next couple of days to all registered emails – please keep an eye out for it.

Bike Shed would like to make a sincere apology though.  Some riders on the 80 mile route missed out on their hard earned sandwich at the Lee Abbey feed station. It seems like we may have got our maths wrong and the rolls were guzzled very quickly. We realise how important food is on tough ride like this so we’re truly sorry – there is no way it will happen again!

If anyone has any feedback please email in through the website, it’s really valuable to us good or bad – please feel free to have a rant!

The Smuggler would not be possible without your support and our event partners – Bike Shed would like to thank Craig Bulley and Sue from Barnstaple Town Management, Simon from Country Life Brewery, Barnstaple Sainsbury’s, Taw Velo for the brilliant marshals, Tom’s catering crew, Petroc College for leg saving massages, Sarah from FORCE Cancer Charity, Emma Lowe from North Devon Hospice, North Devon Council, David and Jackie at Boeveys Tea Room in Simonsbath, Phil Park from Lee Abbey, The Railway Cafe in Bideford, Medibike, St Johns Ambulance, Ricky Hill motorbike outrider, Propello for the training plan, British Cycling and all the extra friends and volunteers that made it happen.

FORCE Cancer Charity and North Devon Hospice​ value your support hugely, your blood sweat and tears have helped them make other peoples lives better. Thank you.

Sportive Photo who were taking pictures yesterday will be posting their pictures in next couple of days, will make sure link is shared.

Anyone submitting Strava sections please email the segment link through the website. These are the climb out of Brayford called Beara Hill & The Porlock Toll climb. 

Any rider submitting a time will be entered into the Smugglers raffle for the chance to win 10 limited edition CRANKHOUSE COFFEE / SMUGGLER bags of coffee. The coffee is amazing so worth a go.

The male & female winners will receive a free £30 bike service at The Bike Shed. 

All rides must be submitted to the Bike Shed via the event website by SUNDAY 21ST JUNE. 
http://www.thesmugglersportive.co.uk/contact-us/

There were a couple of lost property items, if you lost anything on the day please send us a message through the website or Facebook.

For now get your feet up, find a rubber ring to sit on, and put the kettle on.

Bring on next year!

OOOOAAAAARRRRGGGHHHH!

The Bike Shed.

VERY IMPORTANT! RIDERS BRIEF – ALL INFO FOR SUNDAY

THE SMUGGLER – RIDERS BRIEF!

The big day is nearly here, Sunday is upon us! The Smuggler ship is all primed and ready to set sail again from Barnstaple’s tranquil shores.

First and foremost a huge thank you from Bike Shed for entering The Smuggler, again we are so chuffed with the response the event has had and the support you have given by entering – we’ve had 620 entries online with more expected on the day. Bike Shed and our charity partners FORCE Cancer Charity and North Devon Hospice are truly grateful.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Smuggler HQ on Barnstaple Square, and show you a few of our favourite tarmac gems. North Devon & Exmoor in our opinion have some of the finest cycling roads in the UK – we hope you enjoy them, even if they are quite lumpy!

Remember this is charity sportive, with all proceeds going directly to our charity partners  – FORCE Cancer Charity and The North Devon Hospice. All Bike Shed hope in return is you have a great day on the bike and you try to raise a few pennies – both our charities rely entirely on great people like you to keep their essential services going.  Set up a giving page via the website, or give on the day. Please dig deep.

A massive thank you to our brilliant event partners – Barnstaple Town Management for allowing us the square, Country Life Brewery for their fine ales, Barnstaple Sainsburys, Propello for their training plan, North Devon Council, FORCE Cancer Charity, North Devon Hospice, and all our kind volunteers! 

Finally cross your digits Mother Nature wakes up in a good mood Sunday, treating us to favourable weather and kind winds to waft you along the road.

This ‘riders brief’ contains all the crucial information you need for the day. Please read it carefully.

See you on Sunday. Oooooarrrrggghhh!

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RIDE HQ:

This is located in Barnstaple Square, all rides start & finish from here. Ride HQ will be clearly sign posted from the two event car parks – both within a 5 min walk/cycle to HQ. There are toilets on the square.

Address: 

BIKE SHED

Barnstaple Square

EX32 8LS

Tel: 01271 328 628

Map: http://www.bikesheduk.com/barnstaple-store

PARKING: 

There are two car parks on offer for the event, with 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

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2. NORTH DEVON LEISURE CENTRE, LONG STAY

Seven Brethren Bank

Barnstaple

EX31 2AP

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* Be careful if you have bikes on the roof as there is a high bar, clearance should be fine but just be aware!

REGISTRATION / SIGN ON PROCEDURE: 

Registration will be located in the Bike Shed Cafe (in the store) ON SATURDAY, and the event marquee at RIDE HQ on SUNDAY. Just follow the signs. 

Please be advised if you are able, signing on for your ride on Saturday afternoon in Bike Shed Cafe is highly recommended. It will save you time on Sunday morning when most riders will arrive. If this isn’t possible of course Sun morning is fine in the marquee, just allow a little time before your start time.

SATURDAY Registration open: 1200 – 1700hrs.  (BIKE SHED CAFE) 

SUNDAY Registration: 0700 – 1000hrs. (EVENT MARQUEE) 

– Registration desks will list riders surnames alphabetically.

– Find your name and grab your rider number and cable ties (reg staff will tell you how to fix your number to your bike if needed)

– Sign your name in the box next to your details, this confirms your insurance etc.

– Any riders requiring an ‘entry on the day’ go to the relevant table. CASH OR CHEQUE ONLY. 

FREE BREAKFAST FOR ALL RIDERS!

Our superb event caterer Tom is again conjuring up a FREE breakfast for all cyclists from 0700. Tom will be dishing up his legendary Kedgeree (full of protein and carbs) and bowls of creamy porridge, packed with slow release energy to kick start that engine and keep those legs whirring. Make sure you don’t miss out! There will be steaming mugs of tea on offer too.

For the crucial caffeine boost the Bike Shed Cafe and our crew of crack baristas will be banging out the finest coffees to get you going.

Family and supporters will be able to buy breakfast & lunch from Tom as well, and the cafe will be serving our legendary bagels, sandwiches and cakes all day. 

START DETAILS FOR ALL ROUTES: 

With FOUR 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 – both for safety and so you get back to enjoy some well earnt food!

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.

All routes will be clearly signed, no danger of getting lost. We don’t give out separate maps but if you want to check the routes again, or print out your own map go the site:

http://www.thesmugglersportive.co.uk/2014/03/view-all-routes-for-the-smuggler/

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 engine.

We will be starting you in waves of 30-40 riders, with a 5-10min 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 0800 – 0900

50 MILE ROUTE:

Between 0830 – 0930

40 MILE ROUTE:

Between 0900 – 1000

25 MILE ROUTE:

Between 1000 – 1030

IMPORTANT!

* No 25 mile riders will be able to start before 1000. 

* No riders will be able to start before 0800, and none after 1030. 

* Please ride carefully over the start line, no rush! 

* Remember you are on public roads, normal rules apply! 

* The 25 mile route returns via the Tarka Trail. 

FEEDSTATIONS 

To keep the engine fueled there are finely stocked feed stations on all routes. The 50 & 80 mile rides have two, the 40 one, and the 25 route one. 

These stations will be brimming with energy food such as bananas, flap jack, energy drink, water, tea & coffee and sandwiches at the lunch stop on the 50 & 80 – all staffed by our friendly volunteers, please be nice to them!

All stations will be clearly marked on routes, take full advantage of them – staying fuelled on a big ride is absolutely crucial and will ensure you finish with a smile not a grimace. As well as the free flapjacks etc, there will be energy gels and bars available to purchase.

FEEDSTATION LOCATIONS:

40, 50 & 80 MILE:

SIMONSBATH @ 22 MILES

Boeveys Tea Rooms.

50 & 80 MILE LUNCH STOP:

LEE ABBEY SHELTER @ 58 miles & 33.8 (50mile)

The Shelter above Lee Abbey beach.

25 MILE ROUTE:

The Railway Cafe, Bideford @ 12 miles

On the Tarka Trail.

VERY IMPORTANT: HOT SPOTS ON THE ROUTES:

The roads on the route are fantastic but there are some really dangerous spots, especially steep fast descents ready to catch you out however good rider you are. No crazy overtakes or kamikaze descending PLEASE.

All the danger spots will be marked clearly with CAUTION & SLOW SIGNS. Please keep your beady eyes peeled and do what the SIGNS AND OUR MARSHALS SAY. It’s for your safety. Please ride safely, remember this is not a race and the roads are open to traffic!

BRAYFORD CROSSING (14.8 MILES IN)

A really dodgy crossing at the bottom of a steep descent. Take extra care and listen to the marshals.

DUNKERY BEACON (34 MILES IN) 

This is an incredibly steep, frighteningly fast and twisty descent, PLEASE take it slowly. No heroes please as it will bite you in the arse, either that or a car coming the other way will. There is also a cattle grid near the bottom which you must be aware of. TAKE IT EASY AND HEED THE SIGNS!

COUNTISBURY HILL (49 MILES IN)

Another rapid and dangerous descent, especially dangerous coming into Lynmouth where it’s highly likely they’ll be tourists wandering in the middle of the road! TAKE CARE.

BLACKMOOR GATE & RIGHT TURN TO LOXHORE 

Be extra vigilant here as it’s a fast busy road, and the right turning towards Loxhore isn’t great. Please be cautious.

LOXHORE DESCENT

This is another very steep, narrow and super fast descent. Very tight at the bottom with a blind corner. Please be careful, you’ll be tired here and you’re nearly home.

25 MILE ROUTE: 

CROSSING FROM OLD BARNSTAPLE ROAD / MANTEO ROAD @ 11miles

Follow signs to dismount for bike as you cross this busy road crossing.

VERY IMPORTANT: EMERGENCY CONTACTS: 

These are the emergency numbers for the day in case of injury or serious mechanical problem. Please get out your mobiles now and save them:

They will be on the back of your riders number but PLEASE SAVE THEM INTO YOUR PHONES.

EMERGENCY CONTACT IN CASE OF INJURY: 

Marcus  07542 698 536

MECHANICAL CONTACT IN CASE OF SERIOUS BIKE PROBLEM: 

Mike  07542 698 531

There is a MEDICAL vehicle and a mobile motorbike medic, both will be roaming the 40, 50, & 80 mile routes.

There is also a mobile St Johns Unit with two personnel that will be on hand if needed.

FUN STUFF: BOOTY CLIMBS’ 

The booty climbs are back by popular demand, last nearly 180 heroic riders took on the extra uphill challenge!

For added spice we lay down the gauntlet of TWO extra climbs, the reward for your bravery is a FREE beer or soft drink of your choice at the finish, plus the un-disputed bragging rights back at the bar.

The first is Lynmouth Hill, a 25-30% brute into Lynton BUT it saves you approx 7 miles and the tough Barbrook climb.

The second is a climb to Slattenslade, deep in the woods off the Lee Bay Toll – a real Smugglers hideaway. A steep, tough start with a narrow, windy finish.

The start of the climbs will be clearly marked and a Smuggler will dish out contraband gold beer tokens at the top. Stash them deep in your jersey and keep them safe – you’ve earnt that beer!

STRAVA CHALLENGE 

Just to spice things up a little more there are two Strava sections on route. These are the climb out of Brayford called Beara Hill & The Porlock Toll climb.

The start & finish of these Strava sections will be clearly marked. Obviously you must be already signed up to Strava and have your chosen device activated.

Any rider having a crack at these sections and submitting a time will be entered into the Smugglers raffle for the chance to win 10 limited edition CRANKHOUSE COFFEE / SMUGGLER bags of coffee. The coffee is amazing so worth a go.

The male & female winners will receive a free £30 bike service at The Bike Shed. 

All rides must be submitted to the Bike Shed via the event website by next Sunday. 

BIKE PROBLEMS:

Bike Shed will have two mobile mechanic vans roaming the routes to help you out should your bike have a paddy.

The guys will do their very best to repair your bike on the spot and get you back on the road. Some big repairs may be tricky and obviously will have to charge if any major parts are needed.

All the feed stations will be stocked with spare inner tubes to buy and a track pump. 

There will also be a mechanic on hand at RIDE HQ.

THE FINISH 

On your joyous and triumphant return to HQ as you pass under the finish gantry you will receive your FREE DRINK token. There will be bike racking available so hang up the pedals and to head straight to the bar!

Simon Lacey from Country Life Brewery has brewed up our very own ‘Smugglers Ale’ – Bike Shed hopes you hang around and sink a few ales with us and enjoy your food. You will have earnt it!

Tom the event caterer will be serving up some fantastic food options to satisfy the deepest of hunger and refuel the body.

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RIGHT RAMBLE OVER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR READING ALL THIS! WE HOPE YOU HAVE GREAT FUN ON THE DAY! Any other questions please get in touch.

Remember “PAIN IS TEMPORARY, GLORY IS FOREVER!”

See you Sunday! Oooooaaaarrrrrgggghhhh!

Marcus, Bike Shed and The Smuggler Team.