London to Torquay Cycle Challenge - October

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London to Torquay Cycle Challenge - October
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Be part of the first London to Torquay Cycle Challenge, a unique ride through picturesque English countrysides and historic towns. With support every step of the way, riders of all abilities can enter and enjoy a fantastic, memory-making weekend.
London to Torquay
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Thu, 14 Oct 2021
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London, UK
Start times
Thursday, 14 Oct 2021
London to Torquay: 9:30 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for London to Torquay Cycle Challenge - October
London to Torquay
Route information
Day 1 - London to Marlborough
Distance: 61.6 miles
Setting off from West London, there will be frequent stops to get you into the challenge. It won't take long for you to wind your way out of London into the quiet and quaint Berkshire countryside.
An undulating start to the event, there will be regular stops in Winnersh, Mortimer, and Brimpton to recharge, and lunch will be near Newbury. The second part of the day will be shorter at less than 25 miles, where riders will travel through the village of Ramsey and over a sharp hill before gliding to Marlborough.
To finish a successful first day, riders will check-in to their accommodation and enjoy an evening meal getting to know their fellow riders.
Day 2 - Marlborough to Taunton
Distance: 77.6 miles
Day 2 is the biggest day for cycling with 77 miles covered, so you'll be setting off a little earlier. Keeping pace along the country lanes of Marlborough will be key today, and the event guides will ensure you're fully supported.
This route starts with a short hill, and a steep descent before flattening off to Frome. For the next 30 miles, the route gently undulates before riders reach the next location for lunch, Nunery.
After fuelling up at lunch, riders will tackle a climb before Castle Cary and then enjoy a final 30 miles of downhill, slight undulations to the night's accommodation.
Once at the hotel riders will once again enjoy a friendly meal before getting some rest, knowing they've already conquered 140 miles!
Day 3 - Taunton to Torquay
Distance: 51.1 miles
After a filling breakfast to get you ready for the final day you'll be ready to tackle the last 51 miles to Torquay.
Starting with a section crossing under and over the M5 motorway, you'll cycle south through Somerset and into Devon. From here, you'll pass the east-side of Exeter to pick up the coastal path. With the finish line already in sight, there will be one more hill before crossing the line in the beautiful seaside town of Torquay, where the celebrations await.
For one final hoorah, the whole team will enjoy a celebration meal before returning home to Paddington on the train the next day, where your bike will meet you.
If you are staying on longer do the organisers know as soon as possible so the necessary arrangements can be made for your travel home and bike storage (charges may apply).
Just contact the organisers to discuss what would be best for you.
What's included
  • Three nights accommodation in local hotels
  • Food & drink - Meals and at snack stops
  • 24/7 support
  • Mechanical & Medical support (Non-roadside repairs may incur additional costs)
  • Return to London from Torquay via train
  • Transport of your bike back to London
How to get there
London, UK
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All accommodation is included in the price of the event.
Night 1 will be a hotel near Marlborough and there will be twin and triple en-suite rooms available for everyone to sleep. These are comfortable with ample space for you to get some much-needed rest.
Let the organisers know if you would like to share with anyone. If you would like your own room, they’re available but subject to availability and additional cost.
Night 2's accommodation will be in the stunning little Somerset town of Taunton. The hotel is within walking distance of the town and your rooms will be en-suite twin rooms again. The restaurant for the evening meal is approximately 10mins walk and serves great food.
For the final night, after arriving in Torquay at around 5pm, you'll head to the hotel, which will also be en-suite twin and triple rooms. There is plenty to do in the local area to celebrate your efforts!
Event day logistics
Day 1
09:30 Day 1 starts
Day 2
08:30 Day 2 starts
Day 3
09:30 Day 3 starts
Event Cost
Everyone who takes part must pay a £99.00 deposit (+booking fee) plus agree to a fundraising commitment.
Bike Transport
Your bike will be transported back to London after the event to a designated collection point the next day.
If you'd like it to be sent to a specific location or for the organisers to store your bike for longer, this can be arranged, but additional costs may apply.
Recommended Kit List
Cycling Equipment
  • A bike that has been serviced in the last six months
  • Helmet
  • Bell
  • Working front and rear lights
  • Front and rear reflectors
  • Water bottle and bottle cage fitted to the bike
  • Four spare inner-tubes or we can provide - from £10-15 per inner-tube
  • Bike bag or saddle pack (not essential)
  • Comfortable cycling shoes
  • Padded Cycling shorts
  • Cycling gloves
Cycling & Personal Clothing
  • Comfortable cycling tops/t-shirts (one per day)
  • Waterproof & warm cycling clothing (start of day 2 can be cold)
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Warm socks
  • Change clothing for three days away (when not cycling)
  • Shoes/Trainers/Flip Flops
  • Small Hand Towel
  • Main bag for all you luggage
  • Day pack for essentials
  • Prescribed medicine (please let us know in advance)
Personal Items
  • Mobile phone, tablet, laptop
  • Phone or laptop charger
  • Earphones/headphones
  • Camera (though we do have a photographer)
  • Toiletries
  • Sun Protection
  • Earplugs
  • A good book!
  • Facemask & hand sanitiser
  • Travel Insurance which includes your bike - compulsory on our challenges
  • Medical Insurance
  • Credit or Debit card
  • Photo identification - Driving License/ID Card/Passport
Spectator Info
Friends and family are more than welcome to join the team at the finish line to help celebrate your mammoth effort.
To get specific details on where to meet the event, please contact the organisers
What level of fitness do I need to have for this challenge?
This is not an easy cycle ride, but don’t let that put you off. You will be in the saddle for three consecutive days, cycling between 60-70 miles from 6-7 hours each day. If you give yourself enough time to train and get used to your bike it is a challenge that can be overcome by everyone.
What training do I need to do?
As you will be cycling for a long time for three consecutive days getting comfortable with your bike, shoes, helmet, and clothing is essential. It is recommended that you try and get out on your bike at least 2-3 times a week, and if you can practice riding in groups. It is encouraged that you to build up to the challenge and the team is on hand to help you with any advice you may need.
How will each day of cycling work?
Each day’s cycling will be broken down into 4-5 shorter cycling sections, usually between 10-20miles long. After each section, there will be ‘stop points’ where you can take on snacks and drinks, rest your legs and catch up with your fellow challengers. There will be a number of support vehicles traveling with the group so if you need to stop or want to ride in one of the support vehicles for part of a section that’s absolutely fine.
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