Exmouth Exodus - Overnight 100 Mile Cycle
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Join OutdoorLads on this silly adventure cycling 100 miles overnight from Bath to Exmouth. This is an annual event organised by a third party. Cancelled in 2020, the event is likely to next occur on the evening of 21st August 2021. Please don't book any accommodation or transport in case the apocalypse occurs in 2021. The leader will be in touch when all is confirmed.
According to the organisers, anyone with a properly functioning bike, some decent lights and a reasonable level of fitness should be able to make it to the end. The event typically has between 100 and 300 riders taking part.
The route goes through the Two Tunnels and south on mostly B roads and minor roads towards the south coast. There are some fairly major climbs to do along the way, but don't be put off as apparently there are plenty of flat sections to recover on. The route can be viewed here. If you haven't got to grips with Strava, ask the event leader Will for the .gpx file.
Unless we manage to find ourselves a volunteer, the ride will be unsupported. There will be no van coming to pick us up, but hopefully with a roll of duct tape and some tools we should get you back on two wheels. If your legs give up, the most obvious bail-out point is Taunton train station (60 mile mark) though obviously you will have to wait till trains start up again. With smart-phones these days we should also be able to locate a taxi somewhere in the south-west.
Hopefully we will all be of a similar pace to cycle together. If you think you may be slower or faster I would recommend loading the route onto a GPS device.
Please make sure you have decent charged up lights and if you have it, wear some high visibility clothing.
Have a power nap on the Saturday prior to the event. On arrival in Exmouth on the Sunday morning we will have a hearty breakfast before catching a train home.
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What to bring
Bike: any working bike though life will probably be easier on a road bike.
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users. Could potentially be chilly cycling overnight.
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Mobile phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Bike lights: front and back, charged and ready
Food & drink
According to the events website; there's a well-stocked cake stop at Cheddar thanks to the local Scout group. The main tea stop is just before two-thirds distance, at Neroche Hall outside Bickenhall. Hot drinks, snacks and hot food will be available.
Breakfast will be at Harbour View Cafe on the esplanade in Exmouth on completion of the route.