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Tour of Britain in Exbourne
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 5, 2014: Little yellow signs by the roadside confirm that the Friends Life Tour of Britain cycle race is coming to Exbourne next Thursday, 11th September! After leaving Exmouth and traversing south Devon via atmospheric Starcross, massive Hay Tor, dark Princetown, sunny Tavistock, and local Okehampton, the peloton faces its most difficult challenge yet - the Brightley road from Okehampton to Exbourne Cross Garage! Exbourne Garage owner Richard Brock tells us he lobbied hard for the race to come to Exbourne by offering to provide the riders with free coffee, MoTs and puncture repairs. "We are renowned for the excellence of our automotive services, particularly tyre repairs, and this seemed ideal," he said. Proper Job! However, the the race schedule shows the peloton immediately scooting off on the A3072 to Bow and Crediton and thence to the finishing line in Exeter. Never mind Richard, it's the thought that counts! Richard has agreed to let us park our car on his forecourt to take photos. The Tour starts Sunday. Web site HERE. Stage 5 race route and expected timings HERE. From Exmouth to Exeter via Exbourne! Excellent! Expect road closures though!

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