Ride Info

Bike Shed has striven to make this event as good value as possible, aiming to give riders great bang for your buck. This is 100% a charity sportive so any proceeds made from this event are going directly to our local charity partner FORCE Cancer Charity.

On the day all riders will be treated to a FREE breakfast. You can be sure we’ll fill you up with a bangin’ brekkie – full of carbs to keep your engine and legs going. 

We fully appreciate your support for the event and Bike Shed will strive to send you home with a big smile after a cracking day in the saddle.

Entires are now live for The Smuggler Sportive 2020!

Entry to the Smuggler Sportive is £30.00 plus a £1.00 British Cycling fee. This applies to all three routes. 

Online entry is via British Cycling’s online entry system. Please click on the ‘ENTER ONLINE’ button below, the process is very simple and totally secure.




Or if the button doesn’t appear for any reason click or copy this URL into your address bar: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/220820/The-Smuggler-Sportive-2020


What does my entry fee include?

– Breakfast at Ride HQ

– Beer upon return to Ride HQ

– Parking close to Ride HQ

– Fully signposted routes

– Mechanical support

– Well stocked feed stations

– First aid/emergency support

– Event photography – Use #Smuggler2020 when uploading your own!

– Following vehicles to sweep up

– Toilet facilities at HQ


How much does it cost?

The Smuggler – 80 miles: £30.00 via British Cycling (£35 at Ride HQ)

The Smuggler – 50 miles: £30.00 via British Cycling (£35 at Ride HQ)

The Smuggler – 40 miles: £30.00 via British Cycling (£35 at Ride HQ)

All entries must be placed online through this British Cycling link:

(We’re currently working on this and entries will be going live late December!)

Please note: This is a charity event. Entries are non-transferable and refunds are at the discretion of the organiser.

On the back of your number, there will be a phone number for mechanical assistance, medical assistance, and ride HQ. 

We will endeavour to ensure these phones have signal, but we can’t guarantee this – Exmoor is a remote place! We advise you leave 1 voicemail message, then keep trying. 

Will there be feed stations?

Yes. Feed stations will be located at regular mileage intervals during your chosen ride. The stations will provide an assortment of energy food and drink to keep you fuelled on your cycle. Please be sure to take full advantage of these stations to keep all important energy levels up.


Will the route be signposted?

All routes will be clearly signposted, at the start of your ride during the ‘riders brief’ the event organiser will clearly point out the signs/arrows you will be following. We have striven to use quiet, stunning roads, avoiding any busy main routes where possible. 

We also have GPS files of all routes here.


What if my bike breaks?

There will be mechanical support available on the day from fully trained Bike Shed mechanics for any bike emergencies you can’t sort yourself. It is recommended every rider carries at least two spare inner tubes, a multi-tool and a pump. Inner tubes will be available to purchase from feed stations. Ride HQ will have all of the above and more available. 



There are two car parks on offer for the event, we have secured 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. 


Park School

EX32 9AX



Seven Brethren Bank


EX31 2AP



Anything else?

Enjoy the ride and enjoy North Devon! Remember this event is not a race, you will be riding on public roads that will be open to other traffic, so normal highway rules apply. Any dangerous spots will be marshalled but keep your eyes peeled and respect other road users.

This is not a timed event. 

All riders MUST wear an approved cycle helmet, this is mandatory by law for all registered cycle events.

Bon courage! See you in the bar at the finish!