The Taunton Flyer sportive, now in its fifth year, will take place from Taunton Racecourse on Saturday 4th August 2018.
The Taunton Flyer is themed around the wartime airfields of East Devon and Somerset, with routes that go past RAF Exeter (Exeter Airport), RAF Dunkeswell, RAF Upottery (Smeatharpe), RAF Culmhead, RAF Merryfield, and RAF Westonzoyland. We also have a full scale replica Spitfire Aircraft (the only one in the world!) on display at the event HQ. Guided tours of the cockpit will be available and there will be a draw prize in support of SSAFA for the privilege to sit in the aircraft and fire up its Merlin Meteor Engine.
This spectacular early season sportive, offers some nice, flat, open, flowing roads combined with a couple of testing climbs in the Blackdown Hills.
The Taunton Flyer offers you a choice of three routes:
- The Spitfire (55 km / 34 miles)
- The Dakota (114 km / 70 miles), or
- The Wellington (178 km / 114 miles).
All routes are well signed and fully supported. We have well stocked feed stations with a wide selection of sweet & savory foods, plus hot and cold drinks.
The sportive includes electronic chip timing (with split points) providing you with an official completion time, plus a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal standard for both your age and gender category. All finishers will be awarded a quality medal and Goody Bag.
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A note for those who have taken part in the event before, the event has been moved to August for two reasons. Primarily the event director's daughter is getting married over the same weekend as the event has historically been held. Secondly, we are seeking to make more of the 3 Counties Cycling Challenge for 2018, with some exciting new additions to the events to make the three sportives much more of the series. In line with this, it seems logical if they are three consecutive months.