See below for riders' comments & feedback regarding the 2019 Great Exmoor Ride:
Thank you so much Darren & the team for organising such a great challenge! With a sunny day, beautiful countryside, cake and good company, cycling doesn't get much better!
Many thanks for another brilliantly organised event. That was great fun - a tough and challenging ride with beautiful scenery. It’s great the way the three rides build over the Summer. Thanks, it was epic!
Wow - what a great ride! Superb organisation all round. So much more of a challenge than the GWR but well worth it. Massive thanks to Darren and his team for organising such a fab day.
A tough and challenging ride, but very enjoyable including wonderful scenery - when I had chance to lift my head!!!
A big thank you to Darren and the whole Great Exmoor Cycle Team on such a well organised event. The weather this year was perfect for cycling which made the day even more enjoyable. Good challenge and a warm welcome at the end. Looking forward taking part again next year.
Fantastic event - great course with lots of challenging hills and wonderful views. Great organisation and support, friendly faces everywhere and the applause/cow bells at the finish was a nice touch. Can't recommend this enough!!!!
Another Great Exmoor Ride, perfect weather even if the head wind did try to blow me backwards a couple of times! Well organised and well sign posted, with mechanics passing constantly checking you were ok, thanks team and really enjoyed the beer and burger at the end, See you next year!
A really good, challenging day over beautiful countryside, and from Taunton. Well done folks for brilliant organisation. The only thing I missed was a cup of tea/coffee and a couple of biscuits at the end. Those of us planning to ride home (and partners waiting in the field) would really appreciate that. My steak bap was lovely apart from the barbecue smoke, but probably better suited to driving than riding afterwards. Maybe use a gas barbecue as well.
Yes, it was certainly challenging (particularly that last hill!!). I entered with fear and trepidation as I am very much a leisure cyclist (and 65 years old), but the whole day was a great experience - so much support and so efficiently run. It was probably even more difficult than I anticipated, but I managed it and felt amazing afterwards. The route was really picturesque - lots of lovely leafy lanes both before and after the expanse of Exmoor. Would thoroughly recommend it.
Thank you for organising this event and for doing it so well. Good to use the park and ride as a start and the route takes in fabulous villages and areas of our lovely Somerset county. Good to see less litter left by entrants this year. Brushford is a great village hall facility and an enjoyable stop. Thank you for the enjoyable route and the very well organised event.
Just wanted to record my thanks and admiration for the amazing job you all do to make these events happen. We did both rides this year, in no small measure simply because they are so well organised and run. It seems you think of pretty much everything. A great job, extremely well done - thank you!
Thank you for a great day, which was certainly a challenge and for an important cause. My Dad has been fortunate to survive Prostate Cancer so today was a pleasure to see him cheer me in at the finish and made a tough ride worthwhile. Thanks again.
Great event thank you once again, excellently organised and very well signposted. My only observation is that, in comparison to GWR, some of the roads are significantly busier with traffic, on occasions, belting along. Particularly the stretch after Wheddon Cross as it's fairly straight and do get some speed up. It may not be possible but I wonder if there is scope to use a few more country lanes in that later section. All in all keep up the good work and thanks once again, a terrific day out.
Well it was certainly a challenge! Having taken up cycling one year ago I've done a few sportives but this was the most challenging yet. My 26 year old son and I really loved it though - hard work but extremely rewarding. The event was really well organised - the feed station at Brushford was spot on - we didn't stop at the Exmoor tea rooms but would have appreciated a water-refill point a little further on (perhaps around 15/20 miles from the end) as we both ran out of water. "Just" a van perhaps with water containers - or maybe warn everyone that after Exmoor tea rooms there is no opportunity to refill water bottles - or perhaps you did on the website and I missed it! Cheers though - we will definitely be back.
A perfect day out on the Great Exmoor Ride - amazing scenery and as usual brilliantly organised! Thanks :-)
A really well organised and enjoyable ride, challenging but not overwhelming and stunning scenery! Gluten-free cakes at Brushford would be worth doing it again for all on their own! I’ll be doing it again next year if weather is good again. Thanks for a great day.
Brilliant route and beautiful rolling (!) hills. My second time, I'm sure to make it a third.
Super event, well signed and a very relaxed attitude from everyone. Lovely feed station(s). I loved the virtually traffic free lanes in the early miles. Overall it was more challenging than I imagined but none of the climbs were leg breakers, just lots of them. I liked the bar and the quality BBQ at the finish. I don't ride many sportives but this one I would do again. Thanks to everyone involved in making the day a success.
I’d first like to say thank you to the organisers and all the support helpers, cheery, helpful and fun. Without them nothing happens. We started as quite a group, which split up a bit during the day, and that was fine, everyone got to the finish, and I think had a good time. The finish area was great, bar staff, food outlet, event personnel, riders, all in the spirit of the day . A top day out, thanks all.
A great day. Particularly a day after once the pain has faded. I would like to say a grateful thanks to everyone who helped organise this very special event. I would very much like to thank the lovely lady who drove the gray van with red stripe. She made me smile at each point she cheered us on. Even if my legs were saying something else unrepeatable.
A big thank you to Darren and his team for a great cycling event.
Thanks for a great event yesterday, very well organised, challenging but enjoyable course. Managed to fall off in the gravel at 2 miles, but twisted bike sorted out by other kind riders!
My thanks to the GREAT team for another great cycling event. The amount of work you put in to make all of them the success they are is obvious. The wind this year was another factor but I knew from the confidence I gained from completing last year's event that finishing was never in doubt. Once again, well done and roll on 2020.
Thanks for a brilliant event. Definitely will be back next year.
Thank you for all the hard work put into organising this challenging and rewarding sportive. The route is not for the faint hearted, with some very challenging hills, and a few very challenging descents too! The signage was excellent, and the route was well planned, staying away from all major main roads. It was wonderful to see so many organisers, as well as friends and family, at the finish line, cheering all the finishers. I will certainly be entering this ride again in 2020 - though I'll be doing a few more hill climb practices first!
Thank you for a great ride, very well organised and relaxed. Will definitely be on my list to do again next year.
Thank you for an absolutely fabuuuulous ride! I loved the quiet country routes, stunning views and the challenge. There was a friendly atmosphere all round. Superb organisation from start to finish, we were well informed leading up to and throughout the ride. Excellent directions, fantastic refreshment stops with plenty of supplies, the staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful. Well supported all the way, particularly mechanical and medical staff circulating nearby which was very reassuring.
The finish was even better with a cheerful welcome and delicious complimentary burgers and drinks to celebrate and of course....the medal as well as an opportunity to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. Thank you and well done to the excellent Darren and Team :)
Very well organised event, and the best burger in the world.
Now that my legs have had a chance to recover, I can say that I really enjoyed the ride! Definitely a big step up from the GWR and the hills just kept on coming but the amazing scenery (almost) compensated for the pain! The event was so well organised and everyone was very friendly. Bacon rolls and free coffee really appreciated at the first refreshment stop - as was the burger at the finish. Big thank you to Darren and all the helpers.
Many thanks to Darren, Jane and everyone involved in GER for organising another fantastic day! The ride was challenging once again, but absolutely no issues with signage and support. Numbers just about right, and everyone very friendly. Looking forward to next year's rides already!
This was my 2nd time completing the Great Exmoor Ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The route itself is more challenging than the Great Weston Ride with a great deal more climbing involved. The extra effort is totally worth it though just for the rewarding vistas across the top of Exmoor and throughout the route.
As always the event organisation is second to none and the enthusiastic welcome at the finish line is always appreciated. Thanks to all involved in organising such an enjoyable day out in the saddle.....See you next year for more of the same.
Again very well organised so well done to all. If I said it was easy I would be a liar! :)
Another fantastic event, so happy to have been able to ride all three of your events this year :)