We are proud to present the return of 'The Smuggler Sportive'. A challenging cycle sportive that has been dubbed the most rewarding and picturesque sportive in the UK. With two routes to choose from riders have the opportunity to ascend in excess of 7000ft, but you'll be rewarded at the top of every climb.
The sportive, which will start and finish at Bike Shed in Barnstaple, North Devon, explores the region's finest roads and tackles historic coastal routes exploited by smugglers of old.
Riders will be treated to jaw-dropping views, challenging climbs, epic descents and stunning roads as they navigate the meticulously planned route, climbing the iconic Porlock Toll; a beautiful snaking alpine style climb, and the breathtaking Lee Bay toll road that skirts high above the jagged coastline, passing a spot known as 'Smugglers Leap' where a historic smugglers battle took place.
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The 24th Nello bike ride will take place on Sunday 25th June 2023.
Since the first Nello Century Cycle Challenge in 2000, the ride has raised more than £1.2m for FORCE Cancer Charity, which works locally to support anyone affected by cancer, face-to-face and close to home.
The ride has grown from attracting a field of 90 cyclists in that first year to regularly filling up to its 1,500 capacity. Choose from two great routes and be a part of this very special ride.
This cycle is a charity event and we would encourage you to either fundraise or to make a donation when registering.
Entries now open. Sign up here