Defiance (2017)

*Event Closing Date: 8th July 2017

Date: 15th July 2017

Start: Falmouth | Finish: Salisbury

Distance: 355.9km (221.0 miles)

Elevation Gain: 5,564mm

At just over 220 miles long, starting at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth the route closely follows the route of 1805. Riders heads towards Truro, skirt the Dartmoor National Park and onto Exeter. From here riders then head towards the only stretch of road renamed 'The Trafalgar Way' in Axminster, pass the Jurassic coastline and the Hardy Monument before finishing in the cathedral city of Salisbury.

Event Information: ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN

  • Event name: Defiance
  • Date: Saturday 15th July 2017
  • Start time: c06.00*
  • Start location: Falmouth
  • Finish location: Salisbury
  • Event Type: Solo Endurance Ride on open roads, including riding at night following the same designated route as Britannia and Conqueror. The ride is c221.0 miles long and riders are required to complete the route within 19 hours including any stationary time (Aid Stations, mechanicals etc) or c15 - 30minutes at each Aid Station or longer with fewer stops should be considered. Serious consideration should be given to a ride strategy and have a plan B due to a mechanical, fatigue, the weather conditions or other factors. Riders will pass through the cities, towns and villages of Truro, Fraddon, Bodmin, Minions, Launceston and Okehampton before passing Dartmoor and descending into the cathedral city of Exeter, Honiton, Axminster - passing along a road renamed The Trafalgar Way in 2005, then onwards to Bridport cycling along the Jurassic Coast, Dorchester and Blandford Forum before finishing in the cathedral city of Salisbury. The ride finishes at Bishop Wordsworth School, Salisbury.
  • Age requirement: Age 18-68 on or before 15th July 2017
  • Minimum average speed requirement: 15 - 17.5 mph over the entire distance. This is on the basis of c2h15mins - 4h30mins of stoppages for the entire route.
  • Suggested minimum pre event training requirement: 200 miles in a single ride with hill climbing.
  • Event registration: Falmouth*. Rider information packs will be available for collection Friday 14th July 2017. There will be ONE rider briefing for Defiance & Colossus riders on Friday 14th July 2017, in Falmouth at 19.15*
  • Event overview: At just over 220 miles long, starting at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth the route broadly follows the route of 1805.


  • No entries will be taken on the day

What is included:

  • Pre ride briefing on Friday 14th July in Falmouth at 19:15*
  • A hot meal will be available at c90 miles and c180 miles*
  • Mechanical support throughout
  • Medical support throughout
  • Use of all Aid Stations on the routes of Britannia and Conqueror. The locations of the Aid Stations will be advised in the pre ride information
  • Sweep vehicle for those who can’t complete the route. Riders will be taken to the next rendezvous location
  • Electronic tracking to allow friends and family to track your progress
  • Water proof maps for each section - in case any route signage is missed or removed
  • Finishers medal
  • Post ride food bag in Salisbury*
  • VAT & 6.5% Registration system charge
  • Bag transfer to Exeter and Salisbury. Please note high value good should not be packed in your transfer bag.

What else?

  • GPS files of the route, in various formats, will be available to download the week before the event.
  • Should you plan to stay in Falmouth the night before consider visiting Visit Falmouth here
  • * Exact details will be confirmed no later than 3 weeks from the event date and contained within pre ride information.

Route Information:

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