Hello there Smugglers…. 

Can’t quite believe it but the countdown is on – we’re just under two weeks until The Smuggler takes it’s maiden two wheeled voyage from the fine shores of Barnstaple Square. Here at Bike Shed we’re getting ourselves fully prepped to ensure we give you an epic day on the bike. We’re really excited to welcome you to the start line for this inaugural event and show you some of our favourite North Devon roads. We’ve also had a quiet word with the Big Man upstairs to slip the weather gods a fiver to do us a solid – fingers crossed it’s well spent.

All riders who have entered online through British Cycling will receive a ‘riders brief’ 3 days before Sunday 1st June, this will tell you everything you need to know for the day including car park info, start times for your ride, sign on / registration details, Strava challenge info, Booty climbs, feedstation locations etc etc. Everything you need to know will be in the brief, the info will also be posted to this website.

We are only a few riders shy of 350 riders entered, Bike Shed and our charity partners are so grateful for your support and helping get this event afloat! Online entry closes on MON 26TH MAY AT MIDNIGHT – if you know anyone who wants to ride and hasn’t entered yet give them a friendly nudge.

There will be two car parks available on the day – both FREE and under 5mins from Ride HQ. All details/maps will be in the brief. These are Barnstaple Park & Ride, and at Barnstaple Leisure Centre on Severn Brethren.

They’ll be plenty going on at Ride HQ on the day as well for riders, family & supporters. Country Life Brewery will be opening a bar in the marquee from midday, Boston Tea Party will be on the square from 7am selling there amazing coffee & cakes, and our event caterer Tom will be serving food all day – including a FREE breakfast for all riders. Even the Mayor’s coming down!

All riders will receive a FREE ‘Smuggler Ale’ on finishing, we really hope riders and families will hang about and sink a few beers with us. The bar will be open till 9pm.

There will be entries available on the day, just follow signs to ‘registration’. If possible though we would really encourage everyone to enter online, it really helps us with numbers for food so god forbid no-one goes without!

This is charity sportive with all proceeds going directly to charity, Bike Shed will not be profiting from the event. If you are able to raise a few pennies for one of our fantastic charity partners (FORCE Cancer Charity & North Devon Hospice) that would be incredible and support their tireless work in North Devon. Click on the ‘partners’ section on the home page and set up a giving page now. Sponsorship forms will be sent out with the ‘riders brief’ also.

In the meantime hope you manage to sneak out on a few last training rides, there are some lumpy bits in the routes so get those legs ready – we’ll be giving you plenty of food to keep them turning so have no fear. This is not a race!

One last thing – if anyone knows someone who may be prepared to help on the day, any extra volunteers would be massively welcome. Food, drink and a Bike Shed voucher up for grabs for anyone who lends a hand, or two.

Any questions at all in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks again for your support. Ride on…