Cycling - but with added cream teas

It was a sunny day for the Axe Valley Pedallers’ August Sunday ride, which was a relief to all after the weather of recent times.

The ride was to be a joint road and mountain bike ride with both groups meeting up at points along the route and joining together at the end for the caf� stop. The selection of bikes was varied with mountain bikes, road bikes, a tandem, tourers and an electric bike making up the groups.

The road ride was led by Bob Palacio and the mountain bikers led by Ben Dowell.

The group all set off out of Seaton to Beer and then took the road past the Quarry caves to head into Branscombe. A puncture for the leader meant a slight delay in Branscombe, but they were soon on their way again on the long hill out of Branscombe heading up and out towards the main road.

They rode along it briefly before turning off in the direction of Blackberry Camp.

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The mountain bikers had made their slightly muckier way in the same direction and the groups met up again at Blackberry Camp, before all turning off to go down the hill into Southleigh. The mountain bikers once again left the road riders to find some mud and all met up for the final stop at Liddon’s Dairy caf� in Colyton for a well-earned drink and bite to eat

?It has just been announced that Olympic time trial gold medallist and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will ride in the Tour of Britain.

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Joining Wiggins in Team Sky’s line-up for The Tour is Mark Cavendish, a double-stage winner in last year’s Tour of Britain and the current World Champion on the road.

Stage 7 will be going through Barnstaple to Dartmouth on Saturday, September 15, via Okehampton, crossing Dartmoor to Ivybridge, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

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