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UK's Hardest Hundred: Exmoor

Umberleigh, North Devon

Organiser's Description

Tackle one of the hardest one day sportives in the UK on this 100 mile route with over 4,000m of elevation in beautiful Exmoor. The perfect goal to keep you motivated through the Winter.

The ride starts and ends in Umberleigh before rolling over the moor and tackling the steep climbs along the coast. These climbs come thick and fast all day with plenty of 10% plus sections before heading back over the moor again. \

At the finish, relax with some food, music and a pint. Make a weekend of it to discover this stunning region.

Start Time

07:45am

Distances

100 miles

More Info

Event website

GPX Files & Sign Posted Route

Regular Feed Stops and Mechanical Support

Ride marshals on the route to support you

Post ride beers & food

Umberleigh, North Devon

By road: Umberleigh can be accessed from the M5. Leave at J27 and follow the A361 to its junction with the B3227 to Umberleigh. From the East leave the A39 at its junction with the A377.

By bus: Buses from Barnstaple to Lapford call at Umberleigh

By train: Umberleigh station is a request stop from St James' Park in Exeter and Barnstaple

One of the hardest 100 mile routes in the country with a beautiful mix of riding on the moors & along the coast. Starting in Umberleigh, we have a rolling 18km before riding onto the moor on an exposed road that could be tough if there is any wind. After Exford, we head over three short climbs including Drapers Way before descending into Porlock & the first feed. Straight out of town is the most famous climb of the day, 4km at over 9%.

The road then stays close to the coast with punchy climbs in and out of Lynton as we roll through the Valley of the Rocks. The climbs keep coming in and out of Coombe Martin for the second feed before climbing over the moor all the way to Simonsbath with stunning wide views. This part is exposed again just in case you needed more of a challenge.

The last 30km are the easiest part of the route but there are still a couple of lumps to get over before finishing with a well earned pint back in Umberleigh.

  • From the Moors to the Coast: Both the medium and long routes go over the moors to the coast by Porlock and come back over the moors to the finish.

  • Classic Climbs: A super punchy route includes Porlock, Valley of the Rocks, Coombe Martin climb & many (many) more!

  • Stunning Devon Countryside: Starting on the banks of the River Taw, this route takes in some of the most spectacular parts of one of the UK's most beautiful counties.

Start Time : From 7.45am

Finish time : Cut off 7pm

Riders should have water bottles, the route downloaded, suitable clothing & a bike in good condition. Helmets at all times are mandatory. We will email you Covid protocols before the ride depending on the laws and guidelines at the time.

The long route starts between 8am and 8.45am (riders start in groups of 6) so you need to be able to ride the long route at 23km/h to be back by sunset.

The medium route starts between 8.45am and 9,15am so you need to be able to ride the long route at 18km/h to be back by sunset.

During Covid, face masks must be worn at the start and at feed stops. You will start in a group of maximum 6 riders, you must not form groups of more than 6 and you need to keep a safe distance of 2m from each other both on the ride & at feed stops.

We are lucky enough to ride in beautiful places. We have a zero tolerance litter policy – there will be bins at each feed stop so please leave the area as you found it. Please be respectful of local drivers, riders, walkers etc. This is their home, we are just there to ride our bikes. On the ride, look after other cyclists. On narrow lanes & busy sections, don’t ride two a breast. No half wheeling. Take extra caution on the descents. We will run through the major hazards before the ride but it is your responsibility to ride to your level. By signing up for this ride, you need to be in suitable physical shape for the ride.

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