Thunderer (2017)

*Event Closing Date: 8th July 2017

Date: 15th July 2017

Start: Exeter | Finish: London

Distance: 319.9km (199.2 miles)

Elevation Gain: 3,821m

At just under 200 miles long, starting in Exeter the ride includes the Jurassic coastline (a World Heritage Site), past the Hardy Monument and then the cathedral city of Salisbury. From here the ride heads towards and into the City of Westminster finishing with a ride along Whitehall to the Admiralty.

Event Information: ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN

  • Event name: Thunderer
  • Date: Saturday 15th July 2017
  • Start time: 12.30*
  • Start location: Exeter
  • Finish location: London
  • Event Type: Solo Endurance Ride on open roads, including riding at night following the same designated route as Conqueror and Victory. The ride is c199.2 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 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 arriving at the midway point in the cathedral city of Salisbury. From here it’s then onto Andover, Whitchurch, Overton, Basingstoke, Hartney Wintney, Camberley, Staines upon Thames Chiswick, Knightsbridge before finishing in the historic Ripley Courtyard at Admiralty House.
  • 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: 170 miles in a single ride with hill climbing.
  • Event registration: Exeter*. Rider information packs will be available for collection on Saturday 15th July 2017. There will be a rider briefing just prior to the start.
  • Event overview: At just under 200 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 Saturday 15th July in Exeter prior to the start*
  • A hot meal will be available at c54 miles *
  • Mechanical support throughout
  • Medical support throughout
  • Use of all Aid Stations on the routes of Conqueror & Victory. 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 forwards to either Salisbury or London
  • 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 London*
  • VAT & 6.5% Registration system charge
  • Bag transfer to Salisbury and London. 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 Exeter the night before consider visiting Visit Exeter 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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