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Trans Devon 2022

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It may take one day, it may take three days. We don't know what route you're going to take, all we do know is you have got to get to a few definite places, you've got to do it without any outside help and you've got to do it with a smile on your face. There's no number board, there's no prize for winning, there's loads of feed stations (they're called cafes, shops or even fancy restaurants) but they're not always open, there's no accommodation provided and we don't even give you a map.

The joy of these Trans events is their simplicity. It's one great big adventure, or more specifically it's many adventures taking place at once, all across the mighty Devon. 

Entry Fee is £45

Departure: Friday 29th April 2022 - 18:00 - 20:00

At 18:00 the departure window will open. Some of the riders will blaze off into the night, some may just go to bed and get up in the morning. In the previous years most people have cracked on into the night.

Check Point 1: Beer Beach, Devon

Location: Beach Car Park

Opens Saturday 30th April at Midnight
Closes Saturday 30th April at Midday or when all riders have been through

Check Point 2: Woolacombe Beach

Location: The Beach

Opens Saturday 30th April at 06:00
Closes Saturday 30th April at 18:00

Check Point 3: Rockets & Rascals, Plymouth (manned with beer)

Opens 08:00-21:00 on Saturday 30th April and Open 0900-17:00 on Sunday 1st May

As you'll see from the check point times they don't lean towards a series of Strava smashing segments, in fact they allow for a fairly genial pace. That's because we want riders to enjoy it, you'll probably also need to sleep. However, don't be fooled, riding in Devon and Cornwall is TOUGH, the hills can be steep, the lure of the cream tea can also catch you out.

So the technicalities:

Well there really aren't many rules, the only rule we'd like riders to uphold is the rule of self sufficiency. By this we mean you look after yourself without any pre-arranged help. If you're in a pair you can help each other out, if you're on your own then you ride alone. You can stop at a bike shop and get a bike fixed, you can stay in a hotel if you like, you can buy a pasty or go for a massage, this stuff we'd class as part of the adventure and it's stuff any rider can do. Having a partner follow in a motorhome and set up camp or arranging for a mate to pass water bottles every 20 miles is what we'd class as pre-arranged assistance and goes against the spirit of the event. These things are classed as game over and we'll tear up your checkpoint card. Obviously taking lifts is not allowed either.

Finally we'll be highlighting a few roads that you're not allowed on as part of the event, these will largely be the A38, A39 and A30, you can cross them but cannot ride along them for more than a 100m. We're also banning the A361 as it's the road of death and the A377 for similar reasons. Plan a safe route and make it interesting.

In short you’ll sleep wherever you like, some won’t sleep much at all, some will take their own kit and sleep under the stars, some will check into a boutique hotel and have a sauna. The point is it’s self sufficient, part of the challenge is making your plan.

Where does it start?

The event starts at Rockets & Rascals on the Barbican, Plymouth. PL1 2JL

Once you've signed up you'll need to join up to the Strava Group we'll verify your entry and let you in.

You'll see plenty of feedback from last year's event and do a quick google search and you'll see plenty of positive feedback on Trans Kernow and Trans Devon

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