YOGi Barnstaple to Dartmouth Club Ride – 27th April

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Simon Pope and Ross Wildman have been working to organise this coast to coast ride for us. Sign up by posting a comment below for the moment whilst we get payment details sorted. Limited places so first come, first served.

The plan: Meet at B&Q by 06:15 to load your bike on to the van kindly loaned by Certini then pile on to the coach for the journey to Barnstaple.  We should be at Barnstaple by 08:30 and by now you’ll all be ready and raring to go. At Barnstaple, after the inevitable faffing with bikes and kit we’ll be ready for the off.  The route will be fully signed, just look out for the YOGi fluorescent arrows!  

After a couple of busy junctions to get out of Barnstaple the route meanders along the old road to Bideford before winding its way on to Torrington.  Through Torrington and it’s a right turn to follow the A386 back across Devon!  First feed stop will be at Hatherleigh after 30 miles.  We’ll make sure we have plenty of water and some basic foods to keep you going and top up your supplies.  You’re really in to good rolling Devon countryside as we continue on to Okehampton and the Tavistock road.  This bit can be busy but fortunately after a few miles we turn right and cut down through Lydford, on to Brentor and Tavy.  For most people this will be familiar territory and we head on to Dartmoor with our old favourites Pork and Merrivale before the next well-earned feed stop at Princetown around 63 miles in.  Refreshed and raring to go (well, maybe) it’s on across the moor to tackle the beast at Dartmeet.  A tough climb done and now a bit of a rest as we descend through Poundstock and on to Ashburton.  Here the route then turns back towards South Brent and Avonwick before we cut across to Loddiswell and on to Kingsbridge.  The final feedstop here will top you up with lots of sweet sugary things for that final push to the finish.  The legs will be tired but the road out to Slapton will still be fun I’m sure, then brace yourself for the final couple of climbs out of Slapton and Blackpool Sands.  Finally you arrive in Dartmouth, and you can relax as it’s all downhill to the finish…just watch those bends at the bottom of the hill!  Who knows you may even have the energy for a final sprint!!

At Dartmouth you’ll be able to grab a shower (£1) and get changed, perhaps get some food (plenty of options) and cheer on your fellow YOGi’s as they cross the finish line!  We want to give as many riders as possible the opportunity to complete the ride so there will be no rush to leave Dartmouth and it would be brilliant to see riders of all abilities take part. Faster riders either pace yourselves to help out some of the slower riders as is the YOGi way or alternatively you get more time to sample all that Dartmouth has to offer and regale each other with tales of your heroics over some liquid refreshment!  As long as we have daylight, if any rider has the will to see it through we’ll encourage you all the way.

The bus home will leave Dartmouth around 9.30 p.m. with the aim of being back in Plymouth by 10.30 (we can probably sneak in a stop at Ivybridge if anyone wants to get off there).  Back in Plymouth, grab your bike and head home exhausted but content as you know you’ve conquered another YOGi challenge.  We’ll also offer a bike pick-up on Sunday morning for anyone who needs it, saves you having to face a ride home in the dark!

You will need to bring: a bike; a blanket to protect your bike during transport; a SMALL bag with a towel and change of clothes for the finish, bags will also be available at feedstop 2 if you need to bring anything extra for the ride but please pack sensibly as space will be limited, money for any adhoc café stops and food and refreshments at Dartmouth; a sense of humour and any donations of cake for the feedstops would also be welcomed 🙂

We will have a broom wagon following the last rider and a couple of support crews signing the route, manning the feedstops and we will do our best to get to any rider who needs help but please bear in mind you might have a long wait!  There will be a small amount of spares (tubes, tyres) and tools at the feedstops but you may have to rely on your own mechanical ability!  We’ll also have first aid kits available but obviously nobody will need this!  Our feedstops will have plenty of water & a basic selection of food but be prepared to supplement this with stops at any of the many YOGi favourite’s you will pass along the route!

If anyone would like to volunteer to help out supporting the ride that would be brilliant, including our long suffering YOGi WaGs (and in the interests of equality HaB’s!).

The cost to take part is a mere £20, most of which will be used to cover the transport costs.  We do need a minimum of 35 riders to make the trip viable for the club so please get your names down as soon as possible!

Obviously being April in Devon it will be a glorious sunny day without a breath of wind…hmmm…well, whatever the weather it promises to be another epic YOGi day on a bike and we hope as many of you as possible of all abilities will step up to the challenge 🙂

As with all these sort of events we will do our utmost to look after you on the ride and your bike while it is in our care but all riders participate at their own risk.

If you want to sign up just add a comment below.  There are limited places so first come, first served..

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