Gravel: 50 miles/81 km, 34 miles/54 km, 15 miles/24 km

Haldon Heroic

April 9, 2023
from 8:00 am

Which race? See below..


The Haldon Heroic is a Gravel Ride / CX sportive. All routes are fully signed and marshalled. We provide downloadable electronic routes compatible with most devices or you can follow the route on your mobile phone using the free RWGPS app

There will be a professional photographer out on the course, taking action photos as a memento of your day with us. All photos are free. There will also be a professional Sports Massage Therapist available at the HQ (optional service – not included as part of your entry fee) and a Bike Wash Bay (free to use – included with entry fee).

All finishers will receive our unique Haldon Heroic Medal. The event is featured in Red Bull’s Best Cyclocross & Gravel Events.

What you get

  • Professional chip timing
  • Finishers medals for all
  • Free event photographs
  • Full Covid-19 plan & risk assessments
  • Signed & marshalled routes
  • GPX files & detailed route descriptions
  • Event HQ (toilets, free parking, food)
  • Feed stations
  • Public liability insurance
  • Professional First Aid
  • Bike & rider recovery service
  • Post ride massage service
  • Bike wash facilities



SUN 9th April
1 lap of 50 miles / 81 K
Total Ascent: 3800 ft / 1,160 M
AGE 15+
Start Time: from 8.00 am


SUN 9th April
1 lap of 34 miles / 54 K
Total Ascent: 2660 ft / 811 M
AGE 15+
Start Time: from 8.10 am


SUN 9th April
1 lap of 15 miles / 24 K
Total Ascent: 1085 ft / 330 M
AGE 12+
Start Time: from 8.20 am



There’s plenty of free parking at the Racecourse included with your entry.


By Car: Exeter Racecourse is situated just 5 miles on from the end of the M5 southbound, along the A38 (Exeter to Plymouth). The racecourse is situated at the top of Haldon Hill and is clearly signposted from all directions. Once you have arrived, you will find ample free parking just a short walk from the main entrance. (Use EX6 7XS as the sat nav friendly postcode with which to find us.)


This route is fully marked with arrows. That said we strongly recommend you also download the route to your Garmin or other device. This will keep you on course if some of the arrows get tampered with.

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

For the full list of Cycling Events we organise see


How environmentally friendly are you?

We're doing our best to minimise our environmental impact. Here are a few of our initiatives. Trees Not Tees For all the events where we include a t-shirt, we're now offering the option to plant a tree instead. We've partnered with to make this happen. Avoiding Single Use Plastics For 2022 we have sourced new paper cups designed to be fully recycled back into high grade paper. They look and feel exactly the same as conventional plastic coated, or PLA coated cups - The key difference is that these cups are actually optimised to be recycled back into high grade paper using conventional paper recycling equipment [Paper mills do not need to change or invest in new machinery]. This supports a circular economy where the valuable cup paper fibre can be recycled many times. We are also looking at going fully cup less on some of our longer events - watch this space.. Our cycling events are already largely cup less. Zip Ties & waste We use reusable zip ties where ever possible. We minimise our use of disposable plastic and sort rubbish from our events into the relevant categories for recycling. Reducing Car use In Devon where most of our events take place this is easier said than done. However at our Burrator 10K running race we offer a £5 discount to anyone who commits to walking or cycling to the event. We'll be looking to add this to other events in the future where feasible.    

Do you allow ebikes in your gravel events?

Yes we do. Electric gravel bikes & electric MTBs are both welcome. We can't guarantee charging around the course though so make sure your battery life is sufficient for the distance you've chosen.

Are your gravel events fully marked?

The Haldon Heroic is fully marked. The Devon Grit is self nav. See our article on why the Devon Grit is self-nav.

Do I need a gravel bike for your gravel events?

Definitely not. A mountain bike or a CX (cyclo-cross) bike will be almost as quick. The only thing we stipulate is that you use tyres that are at least 33mm wide & we recommend 38-40mm. ebikes are also welcome.

Will there be timing chips?

Yes, timing chips are mounted on the back of your race numbers. These need to be attached, using the zip ties we provide, to the front of your bike. Please ensure, as far as you can, that the number is not covered up by cables, bags or anything else.

Are there any age restrictions on your sportives?

Yes there are. You need to be 15 or over to take part in any of the sportives unaccompanied. Age guidelines for the various events & distances are on the individual event pages.

Do I need to be a member of a club to enter?

No, all our events are open to all whether you're a member of a club or not.




Exeter Race Course, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XS

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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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