This guidebook explores 20 sportive cycling routes in the best cycling areas of south west England. Ideal for training, the rides range between 59 and 119km (36 to 74 miles) in length, and offer a full range of challenges; from long, fast flat routes, perfect for pacing, to tough hill climbs on the Downs and Moors of the south west.
The 20 sportive routes are found in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, as far north and east as the Wye Valley and Swindon. The range ensures that there is plenty of riding to be found, throughout the region, not to mention the companion Sportives guidebook to routes in England's south east.
From the Cotswolds, to Dartmoor, Exmoor, Bodmin Moor, into Wales and the south coast, there are miles of of cycle-friendly roads suitable for sportive training. All 20 routes are graded for difficulty and include timings, ascent, food-stops and access information, as well as annotated route maps and clear route descriptions.
Sportive cycling is a growing sport, and this guide provides routes for experienced riders and those new to this sport. Useful information on bike maintenance and equipment, to travelling around the areas with your bike and advice on accommodation is also included. The result is a sportive guidebook that will prepare you for the challenges ahead, and allow you to explore the best cycling the south-west has to offer.
Colin Dennis' passion for cycling has taken him all over the UK and Europe, both leading expeditions and for personal pleasure. Plotting, planning and escaping to new locations, his work as both freelance copywriter and cycle guide provides a happy balance at home and work. Colin is never happier than when struggling up a steep climb behind a group, covered in mud!
Introduction About Sportives The south east of England Getting there and getting around When to go Accommodation On the road Safety Emergencies Equipment Bike maintenance The rules of the road Maps Navigation Feed Stations Using this guide Route 1: Atlantic Roller Route 2:Tor de Moor Route 3: King of the Castle Route 4: Exe Factor Route 5: Slam Dunk Route 6: Blackdown Hills Route 7: A Ridge Too Far Route 8: Weston-Super-Nightmare Route 9: Mid Somer Murderer Route 10: Mendip Madness Route 11: Over the Edge Route 12: Forest of Dean Route 13: Cotswold Capers Route 14: Fool Hardy Route 15: Jurassic Classic Route 16: Thrill of the Chase Route 17: Zig-Zag Route 18: Plain Sailing Route 19: Cheval Blanc Route 20: Clyffe Hanger Appendix A: Route summary table Appendix B: Bike shops and cycle repair outfits Appendix C: Useful contacts