The No Excuses concept is simple – book, turn up to ride and get your entry fee refunded!
Or, if you are feeling super generous, you can opt to have your entry fee donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK instead.
The No Excuses South West is the perfect way to wake up those winter legs early on in the season, and help support our official charity partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK. Take in the splendour of the picturesque Dartmoor National Park, with options to test your metal on iconic climbs, and an opportunity to ride in the knowledge that your miles are making a difference.
Starting from Exeter Racecourse, we’ll take you through the beautiful Haldon Forest, before turning the pedals towards Dartmoor. Here the route will split, with the standard option giving you a chance to open the lungs as you trace the edge of the moor, taking in the River Teign. Following the epic route, you’ll pedal over the moor to meet the first big climb of the day from Dunsford to Doccombe, and continue onto Two Bridges, before turning back towards the coast.
For those wanting to test themselves, two more climbs await; a short, sharp punch up Dartmeet before a 12% lung opener up Widecombe, just under a mile long and where Chris Boardman once set a record – prepare yourself as both feature in author Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs. Don’t forget to look for Coffin Stone on Dartmeet, a place where coffin bearers would take rest whilst transporting coffins for burial!
All the hard work pays off on an exhilarating descent to Bovey Tracey (the reverse of the famous Haytor Vale climb). The standard route re-joins here, still with time to turn the pedals back towards the coast from Teignmouth, up to Powderham Castle, taking in the picturesque seaside villages of Dawlish, Dawlish Warren, Cockwood and Starcross.
Save enough in the tank to blast your way up on the last climb of the day into Haldon Forest, before winding back into the venue for a well-earned finisher medal, and all for a great cause!
This price tier is for those who want to secure a place in this sell-out event, but are unsure if they will make it on the day. This entry fee will not be refunded regardless if you turn up on the day or not but at least it's only half the normal fee, so no shows won't lose out as much. Those who do turn up having entered the Half an Excuse routes get to ride an awesome event for half the price. Terms and conditions can be found below.
Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia, and it’s a disease that no-one has yet survived. In fact, it is the only one of the world’s top ten diseases that has no treatment to slow or cure it. But Alzheimer’s Research UK is committed to changing that.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure.
Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress. Thanks to cyclists like you, we’re investing in research to make breakthroughs possible.
We always welcome volunteers at our events so if you fancy joining the crew for the day and helping out, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to ride for free. If this particular event is fully staffed, you can always put your name down for another event. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer at a Cycling Event page, along with the link to the online application form.
Rider times and finisher certificates for this event are now online. View yours by visiting our Results Page
100% of entry will be refunded to riders who ride on the day within 28 days of the chosen event unless you choose to donate your fee to our charity partner.
Transfer of entry to another event is not applicable.
Tickets are non-refundable if you do not turn up and ride. 90% of your entry fee will be donated to our official charity partner, Alzheimer's Research UK.
Entries are non transferable.
100% of the entry fee will be retained by UKCE
Usual booking terms apply. https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/terms/
Non-refundable or transferable
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on our results page. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.
Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.