100K, 78K, 58K, 36K

Devon Grit

August 29, 2021
from 8:00 am

Which race? See below..


Our gravel event returns for a second year. It’s ideal for gravel bikes, MTBs, cyclocross bikes & ebikes & takes in the best gravel trails of East Devon. New for 2021 is our extreme 100K route.

All four routes take in some of the best sections of Woodbury Common. Highlights include Woodbury Castle & some great single track on the common, a section of the Exe Estuary path, a climb up for views of the sea at the top of Beacon Hill and also Mutter Moor.

The routes are designed to be ridden on a gravel bike but a cyclocross bike or a lightweight XC mountain bike will be almost as quick. E-mountain bikes are also welcome. The ride is not suitable for road bikes & we recommend a minimum tyre width of 35mm. Although we will put out some markers this event is self-nav so you will need a Garmin, Wahoo or phone for navigation purposes. Don’t underestimate these rides! You need to add at least 50 percent onto the distances to get the ‘road’ equivalent in time & energy required to take them on.

We are now able to offer camping at Bicton College over the bank holiday weekend.

What you get

  • Quality cotton T-shirt
  • Professional chip timing
  • Free event photographs
  • Full Covid-19 plan & risk assessments
  • 4 route options (100K, 76K, 58K, 36K)
  • GPX files & detailed route descriptions
  • Feed stations with water, energy drinks, gels, bars, fruit, cake, crisps etc but all in sealed individual packs.
  • Fully insured
  • Professional First Aid
  • Bike & rider recovery service
  • West Coast Caterers at finish proving hot food & drinks
  • On site camping or camper van parking on Fri, Sat & Sun night (additional charge)



1 lap of 100KM
Total Ascent: 1500M
Start Time: from 8.00 am


1 lap of 76KM
Total Ascent: 1270M
Start Time: from 9.00 am


1 lap of 58KM
Total Ascent: 1070M
11+ (or 15 unaccompanied)
Start Time: from 10.00 am


1 lap of 36KM
Total Ascent: 530M
9+ (or 15 unaccompanied)
Start Time: from 10.30 am



There’s plenty of free parking at Bicton College. Just turn right at the top of the drive & park in the main car park.


Google Maps tends to take you down narrow lanes & through the narrow back entrance straight into the path of runners. The best way to avoid this is to install the free What3Words app on your phone & use the location https://w3w.co/torched.broth.earpiece with google maps. It’s a  spot on the main drive & should ensure you arrive at the main entrance.


We had a long think & decided not to mark the Devon Grit routes with Arrows. Marking a 100km single loop thoroughly is a huge job.  It’s also extremely prone to tampering. It only needs one arrow turned the wrong way or removed to send everyone off course! For example, for the Exmouth Triathlon we organise locally, we checked all the arrows on the 20km bike course at 6.30am on the day of the race. By 8am, when the first riders arrived, a crucial arrow had been removed by someone & a number of riders went off course.

Self Navigation

Devon Grit is self-nav.  We’ve decided to put our time & effort into producing excellent, accurate GPXs & course descriptions. And to providing technical support to make sure everyone arrives at the start line with the correct route loaded on their device of choice!
That said, based on feedback from last year, we will be putting out some arrows, particularly on the first section, where your Garmin or other device may not have locked onto the correct route.

Read our article Read our Navigating with GPX article for more information.


Devon Grit Extreme

Provisional route subject to minor improvements & corrections until 7 days before the race.

Devon Grit Full

Provisional route subject to minor improvements & corrections until 7 days before the race.

Devon Grit Standard

Provisional route subject to minor improvements & corrections until 7 days before the race.

Devon Grit Mini

Provisional route subject to minor improvements & corrections until 7 days before the race.



Bicton College, Woodbury Common, East Budleigh, EX9 7BY

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What a fantastic event, brilliant organisation and superb challenging course, had a bit everything. We will be back next year
Jake Goddard

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