1,710 metres ascent
Where is it?
Located in the heart of Somerset, the racecourse at Taunton serves as the base of operations for the ride and from there you will take in a cross-county trip through Somerset and into Devon, dropping almost as far south as Exeter on the longer, 113-mile Wellington route while taking in some stunning countryside along the way.
Why ride it?
Both Somerset and Devon supply rolling green fields, sleepy villages and testing hills and the area is rich in cycling-friendly lanes and amazing scenery, producing a feast for the eyes and legs alike. The airfields you pass by should pique your curiosity and you’ll likely learn a fact or two along the way as a bonus.
The ride turns five in 2018, gaining popularity in the area over the last four years due to the routes on offer, the level of support and the nostalgic feel of the event and its World War theme and features. The history of the airfields you will see stretch back somewhat further and make for fascinating research after the ride.