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Pedal for victory and support the armed forces in your choice of three stunning routes for the Taunton Flyer. With a mixture of open, flowing, flat road and part of the route through the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this event will treat you to some stunning views.
Dakota Route, Wellington Route, and Spitfire Route
Sun, 1 May 2022
Smeatharpe, United Kingdom
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Based on 600 participants
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<5m elevation gain per km
Where and when
Smeatharpe, Honiton EX14, UK
Sun, 1 May 2022
Spitfire Route:8:00am |
Dakota Route:8:00am |
All routes will start in Smeatharpe at RAF Upottery Airfield and take riders past the Heritage Centre and RAF Culmhead before descending from the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty towards Tauton Racecourse. This will be where the routes spit in different directions.
Spitfire 37 miles
From the Blackdown hills, you'll ride through Corfe and Hemyock to reach Dunkeswell Airfield. The remainder of the route will be rice and flat towards the finish back at Smeatharpe.
There will be a feed station at 25 miles.
Dakota 63 miles
From the Blacdown hills, you'll ride through Corfe and Hemyock to reach Dunkeswell Airfield where you'll descend to the village of Feniton where you'll loop through the beautiful country lanes into Cullompton. Then you'll make your final climb into the Blackdown Hills through the Culm Valley to finish back in Smeatharpe.
There will be feed stations at 26 and 57 miles.
Wellington 101 miles
Following from where the route splits you will ride past RNAS Merryfield and RAF Westonzoyland and climb the Blackdown Hills towards Dunkeswell Airfield. Then you'll loop through the beautiful country lanes into Cullompton and make your final climb into the Blackdown Hills through the Culm Valley to finish back in Smeatharpe.
There will be feed stations at 38 and 65 miles.
- Finisher's Medal
- Category prizes
- Mechanical Support
- British Cycling insured
- Fully marked and marshalled
- Bike wash bay
- Energy drinks, bars & gels
- Medical cover
- Rider recovery service
How to get there
Smeatharpe, Honiton EX14, UKGet full directions
There will be parking at this event.
Please follow directions To Smeatharpe Airfield.
Event day logistics
08:00 Spitfire starts
08:00 Dakota starts
08:00 Wellington starts
On Site Facilities
There will be a race HQ where you'll find toilets, bike wash bay and catering vans for any post race refreshments.
There will be cut off times for these distances.
- Spitfire cut-off to finish the 37 mile route is 16:00
- Dakota cut-off to finish the 63 mile route is 16:00
- Wellington cut-off at 64 miles of the 101 mile route is 14:00
At race HQ you can also find a professional Sports Massage Therapist and can book a massage for a charge (this is not part of your entry fee). There will be professional photographers taking pictures on this course, you can purchase a memento of your day as an optional extra.
You must be aged 15 or over to take part in the Wellington route. You must be aged 12 or over to take part in the Dakota route. You must be aged 11 or over to take part in the Spitfire route. All those under 15 must be accompanied on the route by a rider.
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What are the age requirements for the Taunton Flyer?
You must be aged 11 or over to compete in the Spitfire route, 12 or over to compete in the Dakota route and 15 or over to compete in the Wellington route. All riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Are there cut-off times fo the Taunton Flyer?
Yes. For the Spitfire and Dakota routes, you will need to finish by 16:00. For the Wellington route, you will need to reach 64 miles by 14:00.
Will there be feed stations on the Taunton Flyer courses?
Yes. The feed stations will be at 25 miles for the Spitfire, 26 and 57 miles for the Dakota and 38 and 65 for the Wellington.
A brilliant ride despite the weather. A well sign posted course and great food stops. Good start and finish area
Did the Dakota Route in 2022
Great route, great organisation. This is an ideal event for anyone wanting a 100 miler 🤙🏼
Did the Wellington Route in 2022