111 miles

1,710 me­tres as­cent

Cycling Weekly - - Insider’s Guide -

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.

His­tory

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.

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