We’re super happy to announce entry for the 2018 version of The Smuggler Sportive is now live.



For it’s 5th year, we promise to make The Smuggler 2018 bigger and better than ever before! We’ve tonnes of ideas up our jersey sleeves and we’ll be sure to share as soon as we can!

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 800 riders taking to the stunning North Devon roads. We can’t wait to welcome you guys back for another year.

Rest assured, for 2018 we’ve retained the 4 stunning route options, including those optional leg tickling booty climbs and Strava KOM challenges.

Also returning will be the inclusion of the delectable pre-ride brekkie and post-ride beer!


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 3rd June.



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