I just wanted to say a humongous and slightly emotional thank you from me (Marcus) and The Bike Shed to everyone that rode and supported The Smuggler yesterday. You made it a truly memorable day and one I will never forget.
From 6am to finish the atmosphere was incredible and helped make the day feel so special, there was such a nice buzz and that was down to you. A massive high five to all riders, those routes were tough so you should all be very chuffed with yourselves – feet up time for a couple of days! I can’t believe how many people took on a conquered the savage Booty climbs either – Chapeau indeed!
It would not have been possible without the amazing help of all our amazing marshals, Tom’s catering team, Claremont Marquees, Boston Tea Party, FORCE Cancer Charity, North Devon Hospice, Barnstaple Mayor, James the Smuggler!, Craig Bulley & Sue Rawle from Barnstaple Town Management, Petra and Lynne from North Devon Council, David & Jackie from Boevey’s Tea Room, Phil Park from Lee Abbey, Julian and Phil Vanstone, Nigel Honey from Hell Cats, all Taw Velo and many many more. We are very chuffed and Barnstaple now has it’s very own sportive!
I will post the Sportive Photo images as soon as they are live, and anyone that took on the Strava challenge please submit your time via the website by next Sunday.
I really hope to see you all next year, strangely I can’t wait to do it all again.
Thanks again, you’re all heroes. I will post another proper thank you in next couple of days.
The Smuggler Team, Marcus & The Bike Shed.