Free entry to the “Tarka Challenge” series of rides when booking a stay at Five Sunnyside Bideford. Ride entry can be booked for any date to suit the rider(s)! And there is a range of special medals to be won upon completion.
Especially created for cyclists seeking a new challenge, this trilogy of rides explore the stunning and challenging terrain of the South West including the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and the dramatic North Devon coastline. Get free entry while staying at Five Sunnyside.
What is the Tarka Challenge?
Each of the three rides start and finish in Bideford and incorporate sections of the famous “Tarka Trail” along the estuary of the River Taw and Torridge.
- Tarka Challenge Bronze Grimpeur 100km – 1600m ascent in under 8 hours
- Tarka Challenge Silver Grimpeur 150km – 2794m ascent in under 12 hours
- Tarka Challenge Gold Grimpeur 200km – 3818m ascent in under 14 hours
An overview of each route is shown here
Why do the Tarka Challenge?
One of the many appealing aspects of the rides is that entrants can choose to enter the rides in advance for any date that suits them, whether they are riding solo or as a part of a group. A route sheet and GPS files are provided for navigation but in all other respects riders are expected to be self-sufficient.
The rides are held under the rules of the Long Distance Cycling Association “Audax UK”. Riders who successfully complete the route within the specified time limit are awarded medals! These medals acknowledge of both distance and elevation achievements. Completed rides are validated by the organiser using proof of passage by looking at the GPS data. For anyone unfamiliar with GPS devices and sports trackers, riders can opt to use a new app that has been designed specifically for this type of event called the “E-Brevet” which provides easy collection and submission of data required for proof of passage . Alternatively, proof of passage may be provided by obtaining receipts from cafe/pub stops at the designated control points along the route! All riders will be provided with full information prior to their rides.