No lycra in sight for vintage cycle ride

Cycle West has become the official sponsor of the vintage bicycle Occasion that starts and finishes in Exmouth on Sunday, September 9, organised by Velo Ventures, based in Seaton.

Alistair Cope, a passionate cyclist and director of Velo Vintage said: “I’m really delighted to be working with Cycle West as their routes showcase so many of my favourite rides, not only in Devon, but throughout the Westcountry and also in France.”

Cope went on to say “Cycle West has three fantastic new itineraries with over 1,000km of cycle routes linking South West England with Brittany and Normandy.

“The ‘Cycle West’ routes are designed for cyclists of all abilities with sections varying between challenging and leisurely. Some of the very best routes are right on our doorstep, connecting Ilfracombe to Plymouth, and Plymouth via Exmouth to Poole. Just have a look at their website”

The Velo Vintage ride this time round only has space for about 120 cyclists and so it would be best to register as soon as you can. The ride will be at a leisurely pace along mainly traffic free routes and the distance adds up to about 11 miles, with a break for refreshments half way and then a cream tea at the end.

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You don’t have to use a vintage bicycle, however all riders are encouraged to dress in a vintage style, so that could be between 1920s to 1980s.

For details of the day you can contact Cope on 01297 625 375 or or via the website

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For those more partial to a bit of lycra, this ride is either a 100km Challenge or an 100-mile Epic ride, with riders raising funds for the Prostate Cancer Charity.

The ride starts and finishes in Exmouth and circumnavigates East Devon, the Epic touching West Dorset, the Challenge heading over to Honiton from Sidmouth before going back over Woodbury Common to Exmouth.

Almost 1,000 riders are already registered. Go to to find out more and register to take part.

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