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The Great Exmoor Ride Is Good to Go

by Holly Blades

The inaugural Great Exmoor Ride, a new city-to-coast challenge bike ride from the team behind the hugely-popular Great Weston Ride, is all set to debut on Sunday 3rd September 2017.

The Ride starts in Taunton and ends in a tranquil spot on the West Somerset coast at Blue Anchor near Minehead, and along the way it offers a stunning 66-mile (105km) route through quiet Somerset country lanes and across the eastern part of Exmoor National Park.Participants can look forward to a great personal challenge courtesy of a spectacular route that will test the legs, and there's also the prospect of a late Summer day out by the sea thanks to the Ride's finish location on a quiet and unspoilt part of the Somerset coast.

A spokesman for the Great Exmoor Ride explained: "We want to get people out on their bikes and rising to their own personal challenge on the Great Exmoor Ride, and the idea is to provide another opportunity for a great pedal-powered day out. Somerset has got so much to offer for people on bikes, and we firmly believe that there's something special about completing a spectacular, challenging ride and then actually ending up somewhere other than where you started!

We think that the route itself is fabulous but obviously we want to know what riders actually think, hence why we're taking a 'soft launch' approach for this initial outing, and provided that this year's participants endorse our thinking on the quality of the route the longer-term aim is to establish this as another all-inclusive, relaxed cycling challenge that encourages and caters for all types of people on all types of bikes - if you want a real challenge that's also a great day out then that's what this is all about."

"It's also a great chance to make Summer feel like it's lasting that little bit longer, and we're expecting to see a great big smile on people's faces that comes from a huge sense of achievement at completing the challenge."

The event is registered with British Cycling, the sport's governing body, and participants will benefit from a whole host of event support services, including clear route signage, medical cover, and mobile mechanical support throughout the route. 

Further information and full details on the event, including how to enter, can be found at

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