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The Great Tour Audaxes - Sunday 29 July 2012

Blurb

Start of the 2011 100 km ride

These three Audaxes give you the opportunity to ride part of the final stage of the Great Tour Route which circumnavigates Great Britain. You will see stunning rural and coastal scenery as well as climbing a few of Devon's hills.

The Great Tour was a ground-breaking event first held in 2010. Riders started from Seaton in Devon and completed a circumnavigation of Great Britain using the roads nearest to the sea. The event raised funds for Prostate Cancer Research.

Travel Directions

Seaton lies just south of the A 3052 between Exeter and Lyme Regis.

Parking

Long Stay parking is available in the Underfleet Car Park.

Start and Finish

<googlemap lat="50.7056" lon="-3.0680" type="map" width="500" height="350" zoom="15"> 50.70361, -3.07099 </googlemap> All three events start and finish at Pebbles Cafe, Marine Drive, Seaton, EX12 2LL. As space outside the cafe is limited it is recommended that you park your bike on the esplanade before registering.

Food and Drink at the Start and Finish

Food and drink can be purchased at the start and a complimentary drink will be available at the finish.

Maps

  • The 50 km route is covered by OS 1:50,000 Landranger Sheet 192 ‘Exeter & Sidmouth’.
  • The 100 km route is on OS Landranger sheets 192 and 193.
  • The 150 km route is on OS Landranger sheets 192, 193 and 181.

The Controls

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  • Honiton: Both the 50 and 100 km rides use the Boston Tea Party Cafe in the High Street. Tea, coffee and snacks are available.
  • Exmouth: The 100 km ride stops at the Harbour View Cafe on Exmouth’s sea front, again tea, coffee and snacks are available.
  • Blue Anchor: The 150 km ride stops at the Driftwood Cafe. Four other cafes, listed in the route sheet, offer optional coffee stops.

Many other cafes are also available in both Honiton and Exmouth. You will also find refreshments available in Axminster, Ottery, Woodbury, Otterton, Sidmouth and Beer.

Hazards

This event takes place in rural Devon and Somerset. In addition to the usual highway hazards riders will encounter mucky lanes, blind bends, poor road surfaces, agricultural vehicles and animals. The route includes both steep ascents and descents.

Contact Number on the Day

If you are not able to finish the ride, or leave the ride for any other reason, please try to get word to the next control or contact me, Kirby James, on 07783 672 516.

(An Even Smaller Bit of) The Great Tour - 50 km Route - Sunday 29 July 2012 10:00

The 50 km route starts in Seaton and then heads directly to Honiton via Colyton and the Coly Valley. From Honiton it follows the Otter Valley down towards Otterton where it joins the coastal route through Sidmouth, Branscome and Beer.

(A Small Bit of) The Great Tour - 100 km Route - Sunday 29 July 2012 09:00

The 100 km route starts on the coast at Seaton and then heads north through Axminster to the hills around Stockland. It descends into Honiton then crosses the Otter Valley, climbs West Hill and then descends to Exmouth. The fantastic final section of the route follows the Jurrasic Coast through Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Branscome and Beer.

(Not Even a Tiny Bit of) The Great Tour - 150 km Route - Sunday 29 July 2012 08:30

The 150 km (100 mile) route head to the north coast of Somerset via Tiverton and Whiddon Cross, it returns south through Wiveliscombe and Honiton.

Audax UK Web Site and On-line Entry

On the Audax UK web site you can print out additional entry forms - or enter on-line using PayPal or a credit card.

  • entry to either ride costs £5.00
  • if you are not a member of CTC or Audax UK you have to pay an additional £2.00 to cover insurance, and
  • if you pay by credit card or PayPal you also have to pay an additional £1.00 to cover postage

Contacts

Kirby James, Roy Russell, Alistair Cope, Joanna Beckett

Facilities

C Camping Axmouth Campsite or Manor Farm
P Parking Long Stay at the Underfleet Car Park
R Refreshments Free or reasonably priced refreshments at start &/or finish
T Toilets and Showers Very close to start/finish on the esplanade (near ice cream kiosk)
S Showers Very close to start/finish on the esplanade (near ice cream kiosk)

Organisers

100 km Profile

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Instructions from 1896 Ride

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Short Links

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