Taunton Flyer
Sun 28 Apr 2024 Honiton, Devon, UK

Taunton Flyer

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.

3 races

  • Sun 28 Apr
  • #1 of 3
Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre, Honiton

Spitfire Route

08:20

£44

Age 11 & over

  • 37 miles road cycling + 2500 ft ascent
  • Sun 28 Apr
  • #2 of 3
Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre, Honiton

Dakota Route

08:10

£44

Age 12 & over

  • 63 miles road cycling + 4000 ft ascent
  • Sun 28 Apr
  • #3 of 3
Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre, Honiton

Wellington Route

08:00

£44

Age 15 & over

  • 101 miles road cycling + 5500 ft ascent

Overview

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.

  • All fitness levels
  • Average fitness
  • Families
  • Free venue entry
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators

E-bikes

E-bikes are allowed on this sportive.

  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre
Cherry Hayes Farm
Smeatharpe
Honiton
Devon
EX14 9RD
UK

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.

  • Plastic bottle free
  • Plastic-free event
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy
  • Trees not tees

This event is doing its best to minimise the environmental impact of this event. Here are a few of their initiatives:

Sustainability

  • Trees not tees

    For all events which include a t-shirt, there is the option to plant a tree instead through a partnership with Treesnottees

  • Avoid single-use plastics

    New paper cups have been sourced to be fully recycled back into high-grade paper.

  • Optional medals

    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 on request

    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.

  • Reuseable zip ties and recycling

    Reusable zip ties are used and all rubbish is sorted for recycling after the event.

  • Reducing car use

    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

Races at event

  • Sun 28 Apr
  • #1 of 3
Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre, Honiton

Spitfire Route

08:20

£44

Age 11 & over

  • 37 miles road cycling + 2500 ft ascent
  • Sun 28 Apr
  • #2 of 3
Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre, Honiton

Dakota Route

08:10

£44

Age 12 & over

  • 63 miles road cycling + 4000 ft ascent
  • Sun 28 Apr
  • #3 of 3
Upottery Airfield Heritage Centre, Honiton

Wellington Route

08:00

£44

Age 15 & over

  • 101 miles road cycling + 5500 ft ascent