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Exmouth Exodus FAQ
is the Exmouth Exodus?
It's 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 109 miles, the
route is described here.
it's like the Dunwich Dynamo then?
Yes and no. It's inspired by the DD,
and there are plenty of obvious similarities, like the riding
through the night to the seaside part. But it's different too.
For a start, it's smaller - a lot smaller. We normally have 100-300 riders, compared to over 2,000 for the Dynamo. It's hillier
- a lot hillier - too, so it's a bit harder, even though it's
a little shorter.
The 2017 date is 5-6 August
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...
long will it take?
About ten hours. Give or take a few hours.
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.
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.
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.
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. This isn't a race or sportive, it's a turn-up-and-go group ride on public roads. There's no broom wagon
to pick you up, and it's essential to carry a basic toolkit and familiarise
yourself with simple repairs such as mending a puncture. If you
break down, you should expect help from fellow riders. If
you spot someone in trouble, we expect you to help them if you
If your legs really have given up the most obvious bail-out point
is Taunton, after about 60 miles. We pass within 5 miles of
the train station, and within the same range of the services at
Taunton Deane on the M5 a few miles later (accessible from a back road). You could hang out
there until your put-upon spouse/partner/friend shows up.
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
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!
I have to wear a helmet?
It's your head. Do what you like.
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
there be food at the finish?
Yes, breakfasts and coffee will be available.
do I get home?
Arrange a lift from a loved one, or get the train. You could
always ride back....
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