We pride ourselves on making you merry bunch of Smugglers happy, so it’s great when we receive feedback like this!
Guys, thanks for all your hard work today, the Smuggler is probably the hardest Sportive in Devon but it can’t be beaten for a route and the feed stations. Bonus, all for a good cause. May the “Force” be with you 👍
Thank you for yet another well organised Smuggler. Everyone who helped set up the event, helped on the day in whatever facility, food stops, marshalling, motorbike support, medics, bike maintenance, sign on etc deserves recognition. Really appreciate all that you do and so pleased that your chosen charity gets a nice little sum for their coffers.
Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful planed sportive, excellent food, well organised great day apart from the weather, was a tough ride but we made it in 1 piece.
A huge thank you for yet again organizing a great sportive and an extra big thank you to all the marshals out doing a wonderful job in some awful weather.
Just a quick note to say one big thank you for Sunday, it was an awesome ride and well organised. Although I have completed all my life, this was my first sportive, and what an introduction to the world of sportives. From start to finish all of you were extremely friendly and helpful and let me assure you I will be back next year. Once again thank you for a great day.
A fantastic day out, great morale considering the weather from all the riders. Will be back next year for more
This was an excellent event, one of the best I’ve attended, the start area was great, good food, coffee etc, feed stations were excellent, nice to have lots of savoury items alongside sweet treats plus the very important hot drinks, the only thing missing if I was hypercritical would be a medal for the event, but I understand that the proceeds go to charity do medals are probably an unnecessary expense, keep doing what you’re doing, I know a lot of cyclists are looking around for niche sportives that are well run, excellent work, will definitely be returning next year 👍
It was my first time riding with you guys, great event, excellent marshalls and brilliant feed stations (really needed the 2nd one), Thank you to everyone involved. No wind for next year though please!! 😁. We will definitely be back.
What a great ride despite the weather! Brilliant signage, great feed stops, beautiful countryside and a very rewarding hilly ride!
This was such an enjoyable event – all the volunteers were really friendly, super helpful and inclusive. The signs were really clear throughout the route and the provision of the food and drinks was excellent. Thanks again and I will definitely be recommending this event to friends and colleagues
I have been riding bikes, mountain and road, for over 20 years and this was my first official event. What a day!! So well organised, registration on the day was fast and simple. Really well set out and the course was easy to follow. The marshals did an excellent job, even when it was absolutely soaking! The views were amazing and loved the almost middle of nowhere sections. Great climbs, very challenging but a great sense of achievement once completed. The beer went down very well at the finish too! On my calendar for next year already!
Love this event…great atmosphere (even if there was a bit too much damp atmosphere this year!) and brilliantly organised. Thanks to everyone for putting this on – (and providing the choc raisins and jelly beans…). See you all next year
As usual a challenging route (50 for me) well organised, well marshalled and feed stations that were just excellent, especially valley of the rocks one, more like a 5star Buffett! What a well-supported event with riders from all over. Only one downer: can you do something about that bloody headwind!😊 cheers guys for putting in the effort, it is appreciated.
It was a really well-organised ride, the feed stations were fantastic with something for everyone, the route was very well signposted and the start and finish were lively and fun. Was really much better than many organised rides I’ve been on. The only thing I would moan about is that I don’t like Ale but then maybe I should be more pirate 😂 Thanks – absolutely loved it!
It was my first organised cycle event and despite the weather I absolutely loved it. The organisation was brilliant, clear signs and marshals in all the crucial places. The food stops were great especially the fantastic flapjacks and Nutella rolls!! Well done everyone that had a hand in the organisation. All being well I will be back next year. Let’s hope the weather is kinder!
I thought the smuggler was a brilliant event. It was so well run and very friendly. The route was clearly signposted, the feed stations were the best I’ve experienced and a half of ale at the end was a welcome homecoming. It was a tough ride but really beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks
My 1st time, thanks to all well organised. Enjoyed the 40 miles might up my game next time.
Absolutely brilliant!!!! From the atmosphere to the signage and the food stations, everything was perfect 💪💪💪💪😎😎😎😎😎
Great event as always.
Another corker! Loved it. 👍
Just to say another brilliant event from you and your volunteers. Excellent organisation/signage and feed stations. Having done the 80mile route it was tough in the heat today but thoroughly enjoyable. Look forward to 2019 Smuggler now.
Thank you to everyone involved in organising and running the Smuggler. It was a great day that I’ll remember for a long time, challenging climbs rewarded with the stunning views. Well organised food stops, with welcome rolls/tea. Marshall’s to highlight the danger spots. Friendly people to chat too along the way. The weather too was ideal. Thanks again.
Wellington Wheelers CC
Thank you all for a great day…from the Wellington Wheelers Cycling Club.
Was a great day, huge thank you to everyone involved, the marshalls were great look forward to doing it all again next year.
It was an amazing day and so well organized. A big thank you to the team who have us massages and so lovely that the donations have gone to the North Devon Hospice. Well done all.
Many thanks to everyone involved in today’s Smuggler. Signs – easy to spot and there were more than enough. Marshals – they were where they should be and were supportive. Great job! Wonderful weather. Hills – as nasty and brutal as we expected. Overall, a great ride. Well done! 🤗
Fantastic day thankyou everyone and especially for ordering the fine weather.🙌😊
Yes a brilliant day, thank you to everyone!
Thanks to everyone at the Bike Shed for a great day. Your work very much appreciated today!! ☺🚴☀
Fantastic day thank you so much to the wonderful masseurs saved my day.
Once again, this is one of the most enjoyable rides of the year, even in, what shall we say, rather damp and unseasonable weather. The route is always challenging yet rewards with stunning and majestic beauty. Highlights include views from the top of Dunkery Beacon (where for us the rain finally stopped); the long Porlock climb followed by an amazing, fast run to the top of Countisbury hill; the awe-inspiring Valley of the Rocks; and the mainly downhill final 15 miles or so. The two booty climbs are an added challenge, murderously hard but rewarded with real gold ‘pieces of eight’ (better than gold, actually, redeemable for thirst-quenching Smugglers ale). From the kedgeree at the start to the beer at the finish, this is an absolutely magnificent ride and a wonderful day. Thanks to all at The Bike Shed, to the marshalls who were on hand to warn of dangerous stretches of road, to the volunteers serving very welcome hot tea and food, to FORCE Cancer Charity, and to all who made it happen. I’m already looking forward to next year! And what a perfect warm-up for the Nello!
Devon Catering – Wedding & Party Caterer
Great ride, loved every mile. Met some amazing people along the way. Views were stunning and the marshals fantastic.
Well done Bike Shed marshals and volunteers for putting on another memorable event I think it’s true to say we got the hills and the fantastic scenery really enjoyed the 50 this year 10 more than last year roll on 2018.
Excellent Sportive through some stunning scenery. A well organised event. Thanks to all the marshals out on the course cheering us on, especially in those conditions. Thank you
Great marshalling, thanks guys. We really enjoyed the ride.
Many thanks for the encouragement around the course today, much needed in rain.
North Devon MTB
Solid work Bike Shed, another great event.
Great event – well organised, will be back next year.
Thank you Bike Shed for another great event, my 4th Smuggler
Well done , another cracking day in the rain, will try to get there on time next year. Brilliant event and great routes.
Massive THANK YOU everyone at the Bike Shed, and beyond who helped with The Smuggler today!!! You are awesome. Such a great fun family event xx
Fantastic event folks! Huge thanks to the marshals, first-aiders, mechanics and especially those manning the food stations – thank you all very much. I’ve never ridden so far or done so much climbing in one day before! Loved it and may even come again next year – when my legs have forgiven me!
Lisa Pixie Binmore
Fab event!!! Thank you all for a fantastic sportive and all your hard work, much appreciated. Will be back again next year for definite!
Lisa Marie Beasant
Lovely event well done to all x
What a fantastic event hope to come back next year.
Thanks to all staff at Bike Shed, marshals and volunteers for making my first sportive such a good one.
André Juan Busquets
Another great year Bike Shed!! Bring on more Sunshine and Ale next year!
What a fantastic event… we’ll done to Bike Shed team and all those who worked hard to put it on!! I’ll be back again next year.
A lovely event as always. ..thanks to the organisers, helpers and marshals for making it such fun to cycle in, a pure joy.
Great success guys….brilliantly organised. Support was excellent likewise the feed stations and way marking. I done the 80mile route and will definitely do next year. If you like sportives then this is a MUST DO sportive for everyone. Well done with everything.
Guys, A huge thank you to everyone in front and behind the scenes who made the Smuggler such an enjoyable event. Great route with lots of excellent climbs and stunning North Devon scenery. Special thank you to all the marshals who despite standing for hours in cold rain maintained an excellent sense of humour and made us feel like we were in the Austrian Alps with the ringing of their cows bells !
I only started cycling last year (aged 49), and this was my first sportive. I was nervous as I didn’t know what to expect, but the whole event was a wonderful experience, from the support at the start to the camaraderie of the riders. I was riding a 20year old Dawes bike which is on its last legs, but did not feel out of place. A special thanks to a rider called Darren (who lives in Barnstaple) who fixed my broken chain about 5 miles out from the start – without him, I wouldn’t have been able to complete the 40 miles! Many thanks once again!
What a brilliant event – well done to everyone involved, especially your marshals standing out in the pouring rain!