So this is what you’ve all been waiting for…details of this year’s Tour of Britain club ride on Saturday the 13th September. 🙂 It’s a long post so stick with me!! While not a sportive the route will be fully signed and we’ll have 3 feedstops for you with proper food and water to keep you going, as well as plenty of YOGi banter and support! There are still plenty of places available so please post below if you’d like to join the fun 😀
There are 2 options, both start at Exmouth with the shorter 64 mile route finishing in Tavistock, while the full works is around 114 miles and finishes back at Exeter. It is another cracking stage this year and the shorter route is still a good challenge covering most of the major climbs so you won’t feel like you’ve missed out! Starting in Exmouth you’ll get to see some pretty parts of East Devon which we don’t normally get to ride before heading back to Topsham and the first real test of the day with the climb up Mamhead (KoM 1). We’ll have a feedstop waiting for you at the summit before a tricky descent in to Chudleigh, please be careful! It’s then an easy run on to Bovey Tracey and then the second big climb of the day, Haytor! (KoM 2) Don’t worry it rocks (plenty more where that came from!) It’s straight on and another fast descent into Widdecombe. Out through Ponsworthy and on to Dartmeet for the third significant climb of the day, the legs will likely be feeling it by now! The route then takes you back to Two Bridges and Princetown before the ‘scream I want to go faster’ drops of Merrivale and Pork Hill (ok so there’s a little uphill in the middle of that). Roll on in to Tavistock and refresh yourself at our second feedstop of the day. For those doing the full route it’s straight back to the climbing up to Brentor and on to Lydford and Okehampton. Watch the arrows as it’s a scenic route to Sampford Courtenay and feedstop 3 before rolling on to Crediton and Exeter, but this route has one more sting in the tail as it takes you in to the finish with a final 1.5 mile climb up Pensylvania Road (KoM 3). The pro’s finish on the High Street but we’ll take you on a short way to Exeter Quay for our very own makeshift YOGi finish line. For full details check out the ToB site: http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage5
DEPART We depart from B&Q by coach at 07:15 sharp so please be there by 07:00 to sign-in, pay and give us plenty of time to load bikes in the van (kindly loaned by Certini). If possible, bring a blanket to protect your bike during the journey to Exmouth, we promise to treat them all like they are own when we pack them. Please make every effort to ensure your bike is in a well maintained and roadworthy condition to minimise the chance of problems on the day! We should be at Exmouth by 08:30 where your bike will be waiting for you. We’ll have a YOGi label to be fixed to your bike with a route overview and emergency contact information on the back should you need to get hold of anyone and yes, we’ll provide the tie wraps.
ROUTE The route will be fully signed with distinctive green and black arrows but please be aware we can’t avoid the possibility that they may be tampered with so please make yourself familiar with the main points on the route. Generally the rule will be all junctions will be signed otherwise just follow the road you’re on. On long roads we’ll put ‘comfort arrows’ every 3-4 miles just to reassure you that you are not off route. We strongly recommend riding in groups of similar ability riders to make sure everyone has a fun day on the bike. Note: we might not sign the first part of the route out of Exmouth and you may be asked to ride the first few miles in a couple of larger groups – if so please be supportive of the designated group leader!
FEEDSTOPS There will be 3 feedstops on the route: the top of Mamhead, Tavistock and Sampford Courtenay. They will all have water, bananas and a good selection of other proper foodstuffs to keep your energy levels up so please eat well but be considerate of other riders behind you. Each feedstop will have a signing in sheet, it is vitally important that you sign in at every feedstop so we don’t waste time looking for riders who aren’t actually lost! If you decide to leave the route between feedstops please ensure that you contact one of the support team.
DAY BAGS Unlike most sportives you’ll be able to pack a small bag of extra clothes or bits and pieces. These will definitely be available at Tavistock and for those doing the full ride at the finish. We’ll try to have them available at every feedstop but can’t promise.
TRANSPORT Coach to Exmouth leaving B&Q at 07:15. Transport back from Tavistock for those that need it will either be by car or minibus depending on numbers. I’m assuming that all riders doing the full route will need transport back to Plymouth, we’ll run a minibus for this which may make a couple of trips if needed. We will try to minimise any waiting around at finish points but please be patient as there are a lot of variables! Bike transport will be using the van but we will not be able to guarantee your bike will arrive at B&Q at the same time as you do. We’ll have a bike/bag/blanket collection time on Saturday evening and again on Sunday morning, times to be advised.
BROOM WAGON We’ll have a broom wagon following the last riders, offering encouragement and collecting signs (thanks Gavendish!). If you’re really struggling we may suggest you jump in and take a break.
T’s & C’s These will be emailed to you and by signing in on the day you will be considered to have accepted them. This will be just the usual stuff about participating at your own risk and while we’ll take every reasonable care neither the club or any individual will be held liable for any damage to you or your bike howsoever caused.
COST The cost for the day is £15 which will be subsidised by the club if needed. We would ask you to ‘sign-in’ on arrival at B&Q and pay us then please. By signing up to the ride you are agreeing to pay the entry even if you don’t turn up.
I have assumed that everyone who registered interest wants to ride and should be listed below, please post if I have missed you off the list or you are now unable to make it. There are plenty of places still available so please encourage other club members to sign up for what should be another brilliant and memorable day out on the bike! It’s definitely the more the merrier!