Watch: We ride the epic south west coast to coast route

The route was 100 miles from Ilfracombe in North Devon to Plymouth on the south coast

In association with Trek, Canyon, Argon 18 and Scott

Clothing partnership with Chapeau

Hailing from the very part of the UK that our route would cover, Chapeau provided us with a selection of its spring and summer kits including the Etape, the Tempo and the Club.

Endurance bikes represent one of the fastest growing areas of the cycling industry, and to find out more, we put four of the latest and greatest to the ultimate test; 100 miles from the North Devon coast to the South Devon one.

For all four of us it represented the longest ride of the year so far, so our bodies weren't as attuned to long days in the saddle as we'd have perhaps liked. Cue our bikes, featuring some of the latest endurance technology they helped us stay the course.

Symon was riding the beautiful Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 8.0 Aero in storm green, Rupert was riding the Trek Domane SLR 6, Oliver was on the Argon 18 Krypton CF and James was on the Scott Addict 10 Disc.

The great thing about this route is that it is almost 60 per cent on a cycle path rather than on the road. It starts by climbing out of Ilfracombe before joining the Tarka Trail, an old railway line, at Barnstaple. It then hops on and off this as you head south, sticking right to the edge of Dartmoor and crossing over the mighty Malvern Viaduct. You can check out the route here.

Richard Windsor
Richard Windsor

Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).