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Exmouth XI plans: a bit up in the air

Hello Exmouthers! As you may or may not know, the Harbour View Café, where we've spent many a summer morning dozing in our baked bean juice over the years, is due to be redeveloped as part of a major regeneration of the Exmouth seafront.

At time of writing some of the business owners along the seafront have just lost an appeal against the plans, but the Harbour View may still be operational over the summer. We currently don't know. We're assuming the Exmouth Exodus will either continue there, or survive its sad demise. So...

The prospective date is 20–21 August 2016

Assuming for the moment that the ride has an end point, the prospective date for the 11th annual Exmouth Exodus is Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 August 2016. Put it in your diaries. But in pencil.

What if the Harbour View closes?

Well, we're looking at our options. Option one is to move to another café that's happy to have as many as 300 sweaty cyclists take it over for a morning (none immediately spring to mind). Option two is to work with another venue in Exmouth that has a kitchen, and cook up some bacon sandwiches for everyone.

We need your help

If you're local to Exmouth then we'd be glad of your help examining the options. If you know of another café that might have us, or you know of a decent-sized venue and possibly an interested group that might want to cook, then let us know by emailing info@exmouthexodus.co.uk. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Most of the organising gets done from the other end of the ride in Bath so we don't have so many eyes on the ground down there!

We also need food stop volunteers

We've run the mid-ride stop for the last few years out of the Fivehead Village Hall, and that's currently the plan for this year as well. If you're interested in helping out with that stop then get in touch. We're happy to run it on the basis that whatever group runs the stop keeps the proceeds.

In previous years we've had a second stop on top of the Blackdowns but that didn't happen in 2015 due to lack of volunteers. That stop can be a lifesaver when it's wretched out, so if you can help with it, let us know.

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Route instructions (PDF)

Route instructions (DOC)

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