The Taunton Flyer will be taking place from Smeatharpe Airfield near Honiton. The event supports SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity and is themed around the wartime airfields of East Devon and Somerset, with routes that pass RAF Exeter (Exeter Airport), RAF Dunkeswell, RAF Upottery (Smeatharpe) RAF Culmhead, RAF Merryfield, and RAF Westonzoyland.
This popular early season sportive offers a mixture of open, flowing, flat roads combined with a couple of testing climbs in the Blackdown Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The Taunton Flyer offers you a choice of three routes; the Spitfire (37 miles), the Dakota (63 miles) or the Wellington (101 miles). All routes are fully signed and supported with quality feed stations, outriders, mechanics and medics.
The Sportive includes electronic chip timing providing you with an official completion time, plus a finishers medal.
E-bikes are allowed on this sportive.
Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre
Cherry Hayes Farm
The Taunton Flyer will be taking place from Smeatharpe Airfield near Honiton which is on a high plateau and has plenty of space for parking. It's famous as the airfield from the Band of Brothers TV series.
This event is doing its best to minimise the environmental impact of this event. Here are a few of their initiatives:
For all events which include a t-shirt, there is the option to plant a tree instead through a partnership with Treesnottees
New paper cups have been sourced to be fully recycled back into high-grade paper.
Lots of competitors are not interested in finishers' medals so they are now optional. A £2 charity donation is made for every medal not selected.
Swim hats are provided for open water swimming events as they help the water safety teams keep track of swimmers. However for all pool events, swim hats are now on request to reduce wastage.
Reusable zip ties are used and all rubbish is sorted for recycling after the event.
At some of our events we offer a discount for those who commit to walking or cycling to the event get £5 discount.
Taunton flyer is a brilliant ride. Very well organised with friendly marshals. Nicola B, Dakota Route 2022
Well organised, well signposted, plenty of parking, excellent route. Richard T, Dakota Route 2022
Amazing feed stations. Challenging route. Rob H, Dakota Route 2022