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!
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.
Tel: 01271 328 628
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
2. NORTH DEVON LEISURE CENTRE, LONG STAY
Seven Brethren Bank
* 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 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.
FREE BREAKFAST FOR ALL RIDERS!
Kate West of Rustic Table is conjuring up a FREE breakfast for all cyclists from 0700. Make 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 & lunch, and the cafe will be serving our smashin’ bagels, baguettes 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 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:
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:
* 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
THANKS AGAIN FROM THE BIKE SHED TEAM FOR ENTERING AND TAKING ON ‘THE SMUGGLER’. WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY.
Bike Shed and The Smuggler Team.