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Sat, 5 Aug 2017, 20:00 – Sun, 6 Aug 2017, 12:00 BST
What's the Exmouth Exodus?
The Exmouth Exodus is a free to enter, semi-organised ride from Bath to Exmouth. You can just turn up on the night and ride. We leave at 10pm and arrive, erm, sometime in the morning. It's about 106 miles, the route is described here. The 12th annual Exmouth Exodus will take place on Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 August 2017.
Starting in Bath, we leave the city on the Two Tunnels Greenway, then climb up to Hinton Chartehouse; there's an unsurfaced shortcut if you want to miss the hill. It's back lanes to Radstock before rolling terrain brings us to Chewton Mendip. There's a gentle (for the Mendips) climb up Torhole Bottom, a dash across the top and down Cheddar Gorge for a heard earned cup of tea.
Back on the levels again the route is flat in places, but there are climbs over the ridges at Wedmore and Shapwick. We skirt the edge of Taunton before stopping for some hot food and embarking on the haul up to the top of the Blackdown hills, topping out at about 270m. It's downhill to Ottery St Mary and than a hike over Woodbury Common before we can dip our toes in the Briny at Exmouth.
Who can do it?
Anyone that wants to. There'll be a wide range of different abilities, but anyone with a properly functioning bike, some decent lights and a decent level of fitness should be able to make it to the end... you might have to dig deep in the wee small hours on the climb up Blagdon Hill...
How long will it take?
About ten hours. Give or take a few hours.
Where does it leave from?
We start from Green Park Station in the Centre of Bath. We aim to leave between 9pm and 10pm, but there'll be people there from 8pm onwards. It's usually a rolling start, with people heading off from 9pm onwards
Can I park at Green Park Station?
No. We'd suggest either using one of the Park and Ride car parks or parking out of the centre and riding in. Bath's not very big. If you're coming by train, Bath Spa station is about half a mile from Green Park Station.
Where does it end?
The ride will finish in Exmouth. Our traditional finish point, the Harbour View Cafe, looks unlikely to be around in 2017. So there'll be a new finish point.
What's the route like?
We go through the Two Tunnels and out into the great unlit beyond. It's mostly B roads and minor roads. There are some fairly major climbs to do along the way, but plenty of flat sections to recover on. The route avoids big towns. Some of the sections have uneven surfaces, these will be mentioned in the route notes and caution is advised, especially on descents. In total there's about 1,200m of climbing.
What if I break down? or my bike does?
The ride is unsupported and it's a condition of participation that you accept responsibility for your own safety and recovery should you be unable to complete the ride.
What kind of bike should I ride?
What kind of bike do you have? any well-maintained bike should be okay. Road bikes and mountain bikes will both be fine. We've had fixed/singlespeeds, recumbents and tandems too. If you're riding a mountain bike, we'd recommend you fit slick tyres and pump them up nice and hard, it'll probably save you an hour over riding on knobblies. If you're riding a road bike we'd recommend running at least a 25c tyre, as some surfaces on the route aren't great.
What kind of lights should I have?
At the very least, you should have a front light capable of lighting your way, and some kind of rear light. Take spare batteries. If the night is clear and the moon is full, you might not even need a front light to see your way for some sections. Groups normally form around the riders with the best lights!
Do I have to wear a helmet?
It's your head. Do what you like.
Are there food stops on the way?
There's a well-stocked cake stop at Cheddar thanks to the local Scout group. The main tea stop is just after half way, at Fivehead Village Hall. Hot drinks, snacks and hot food will be available. There's a tea stop at Luppitt (83 miles) as well
Will there be food at the finish?
Yes, breakfasts and coffee will be available.
How do I get home?
Arrange a lift from a loved one, or get the train. You could always ride back....