Tarka Challenges and Other Routes

Tarka Trail Challenge Rides

Especially created for cyclists seeking a new challenge, this trilogy of rides explore the stunning and challenging terrain of the South West including the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and the dramatic North Devon coastline.

Each of the three rides start and finish in Bideford and incorporate sections of the famous “Tarka Trail” along the estuary of the River Torridge and Taw.

  • Tarka Challenge Bronze Grimpeur 100km – 1600m ascent in under 8 hours
  • Tarka Challenge Silver Grimpeur 150km – 2794m ascent in under 12 hours
  • Tarka Challenge Gold Grimpeur 200km – 3818m ascent in under 14 hours

An overview of each route is shown here

Entrants can choose to enter the rides on any date that suits them, whether they are riding solo or as a part of a group. A route sheet and GPS files are provided for navigation but in all other respects riders are expected to be self-sufficient.

The rides are held under the rules of the Long Distance Cycling Association “Audax UK”. Riders who successfully complete the route within the specified time limit are awarded medals in acknowledgement of both distance and elevation achievements. Completed rides are validated by the organiser to verify proof of passage by verifying the GPS data provided by the rider. For anyone unfamiliar with GPS devices there is now an easy to use smartphone app available that provides all of the functionality needed for the ride to be validated. Alternatively, proof of passage may be provided by obtaining receipts from cafe/pub stops at the designated control points along the route. All riders will be provided with full information prior to their rides.

Riders can register for the rides via the links below, there is a small entrance fee to cover administration costs and insurance.  Individual audax distance and altitude badges and medals* for successful riders are also available to purchase.

There is a modest entrance fee of £5 for each ride to cover administration costs plus £3 rider insurance for non Audax UK members. 

 *Award medals and badges are available for purchase for successful riders.

If you prefer something a little less challenging, here are a selection of of local rides that provide an insight into the wonderful cycling that can be enjoyed from Five Sunnyside.

Tarka Trail