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CTC Devon Treasure Hunt CTC Devon - 10:00 Sunday 18 July 2010 - Exmouth

Kirby James

Ride Report

Roughly 8 departed together from Exmouth, a mix of folk from recent Brittany and bike bus trips.

Free from Kirby's guiding hand and calming influence, chaos ensued very quickly. An unsubtle saboteur emerged with threats to cover up answers deterring those behind us, demands that we should turn back to find a clue, blatantly trying to mislead us over what was meant by how many miles to Exton and worst offence of all, hiding a riders bike! This person does not deserve reaching eleventh position.

Along the way, at least four others were inadvertently pulled back into the 'Pelaton'. Ursula and Derek tried on many occaisions to break away and get ahead but failed, which was rather surprising considering the many diversions and time wasting events within the main body. This meant that over a third of the total competitors found themselves involved somehow with a moving mayhem along Devon’s previously quiet lanes. Congratulations therefore to people like Roy Russell and Stuart who skilfully avoided this.

Time wasting events included leisurely coffee and lunch breaks, excursions to find biscuits, thorough exploration of Lympstone's narrow lanes, Madonna impersonations, Statue mimes on the podiums at Rockbeare House, lengthy ponderings at a post box over the numerous King Edwards, mistresses and abdications, having to select only one of the 7 answers provided for adding up miles on a sign post and one female cyclist becoming the centre of attention amongst half a dozen men in a pub (apologises to John Rowland if you now find yourself unwelcome in your local).

Confusion followed over the clue asking for the make of a bike parked at Rill Farm. We obediently parked our bikes at the spot but then discovered an error on the form which hadn’t allowed enough room for the full answer which should have been 'Thorn, Claude Butler (x2), Specialized, Dawes, Argos as well as Puch'.

Eventually, some-one remembered something about a time schedule to be adhered to – after all Kirby probably had plans for the rest of the week. This meant 15 miles in 1 ½ hours which is normally easily achievable ... but for a dozen or so clues still to be answered.

Reasonable progress was made until Ant and Amanda disappeared without warning! Don and Stephanie immediately halted progress to respond to this emergency with Don eventually finding them sunbathing on Budleigh Beach! Ant provided an unlikely story of a knee injury.

So, we had a few miles to complete before what we thought was the time limit if 3.30 pm! Kirby cruelly changed the usual route through Budleigh from traffic lights direct to Bear Lane.

Judy was zooming off in that direction when a shout dragged her back to add in a few more hills to Knowle Lane. Well after Don gave the go ahead that some of us should arrive on time, Mike with his bandit headscarf disappeared into the distance with Sue and I in hot pursuit. She maintained a furious ringing on her bell in order to clear the cycle track of pedestrians and dogs. Duck flapped his wings and Tim Followed with dog dazzer at the ready!

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This chase continued along the sea front, twisting through the chicanes, cycle track too slow and dangerous!

We arrived in breathless heap only to find we had to complete a photographic examination before being allowed a cup of tea. Appalling cruelty to cyclists.

The remainder of the group arrived having rested, sunbathed, had an ice-cream? - Quiz done and finally cups of tea in hand and cake! Sprawled out in the glorious sun watching the wind surfers levitate. I don't know who won, sure to have been by sabotage!

Brilliant day out and huge thanks to Kirby and John for their hard work. Those pictures were brill and hope saved for another competition.

Stephanie Houghton and Judy Green

The Route

The route can be seen overlaid on a map.

The route sheet can be downloaded here



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Pre-ride Information

The 2010 Vernon Deith Memorial Treasure Hunt is being held on Sunday 18th July 2010 starting at 10:00 from the Harbour View Cafe on the sea-front in Exmouth (Gridref: SY 004 801; Post Code: EX8 5DZ).

Exmouth is 16 km south-east of Exeter. By car it can be reached via the M5 (junction 30) then the A 376. Exmouth has its own rail station with services from the mainline station at Exeter St David’s. Public (paid) car parking is available near to the cafe and on-street parking (free) is available within 1 km.

2009: Anna and Kevin climbing
out of Otterton

The whole of the route is on OS 1:50,000 Landranger Sheet 192 “Exeter, Sidmouth” – although even the most recent maps don’t show some of the new cycle tracks which will be used on the day.

There is an entry fee of £4 - entries can only be accepted on the day - the start control will be open from 09:30. Entrants can register from 09:30 and are expected to set off between 10:00 and 10:30. Each entrant will be provided with a voucher which entitles them to one free tea, coffee or soft drink at the cafe. The cafe also provides snacks and light meals. Entrants are expected to return to the start between 14:30 and 15:30, and to have completed the photo recognition questions by 16:00. If completed event sheets are handed in after 16:00 there will be a 1 point deduction for each 5 minutes they are late.

Entrants will be expected to follow a specific course and answer questions en-route. 2 points will be awarded for each correct answer (1 for a partially correct answer). On returning to Exmouth some photo recognition questions will be asked (1 point for each correct answer). The basic route is 40 km (25 miles) long – although there is an optional additional loop of 16 km (10 miles). It is recommended that most riders do the basic 40 km (25 mile) loop – but if you wish to be placed amongst the highest scoring participants you will probably need to do the additional loop.

Points Distribution
Points Available Questions en-route Photo Recognition Total
Basic 40 km (25 mile) loop 40 24 64
Optional 16 km (10 mile) loop 8 0 8
totals 48 24 72

The route follows the Exe Estuary, crosses Woodbury Common, descends to part of the Otter Valley and visits the sea at Budleigh Salterton before returning to Exmouth. It is relatively flat (for Devon!) - but you will encounter a couple of ascents. Most of the course is along quiet unclassified roads - although there are two short stretches on B roads - and the busy A 378 has to be crossed twice on the extra loop.

The route passes numerous shops, cafes and pubs - so there is plenty of choice for refreshment.

The Treasure Hunt is not a race - so you are advised to take your time and explore places of interest on the way. You are expected to arrive back at Exmouth between 14:30 and 15:30. If you arrive before 14:30 – there is no guarantee that anyone will be there!

A report on last year's ride is available on-line.

Kirby James


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