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  • August 16
  • Exeter Rd, Topsham, EX3 0LX
  • FORCE Cancer Charity
  • 01392 402875
  • forcefr@forcecancercharity.co.uk
  • forcefr@forcecancercharity.co.uk

The Virtual Nello 2020 

Update: Monday 8th June

The Nello has always taken place on the last week of June.

As many of you will be aware, we moved the date to 16th August knowing that 28th June was simply not going to happen. Well, we are some weeks on and while there has been some lifting of restrictions, I think it is only fair to share that it is highly unlikely that 16th August will be a permitted as a date for 1,500 cyclists to head out en masse.

We have therefore turned the event into a VIRTUAL bike ride for 2020. This means that you can go and ride the Nello – or your own route – at any point from now until 16th August.

22 years ago Nello Ghezzo and Marc Millon used these well-known routes as their training ground for their trip to Venice. This year – we need you to use yours. So:

  • Do the 100 mile route independently – route details below
  • Do the 55 route independently – route details below
  • Make your own 55 or 100 mile route
  • Enter our NEW ride – the 25 mile Furloughed Flyer – decide your own route
  • Do this on your road bike, exercise bike, turbo trainer or electric bike – your choice


SPEED: The Nello has never had a competitive edge but with the use of technology we can now offer you the opportunity to log the time of your ride when you finish. Simply log into the system and upload your Garmin or Strava snapshot or some proof that you did achieve your goal. https://resultscui.active.com/events/TheNello2020 There will be a reward, kindly sponsored by Bike Shed, for the fastest time on the 100 and 55 mile routes – but you MUST do the actual route and upload the evidence from your Garmin, Strava or similar for us to verify this!

MEDALS: This year we will not be on the finish line to hand you a medal. However, with the financial support of Bike Shed and Pinarello, we are able to offer everyone who signs up a FREE T-shirt. These have been designed to reflect your route choice – so they are different for the 100, 55 and 25 – something we are not able to do with the medals! We are ordering in batches and will let you know when yours has arrived.

FORCE has had to redesign all of its services during this current time. At present we are one third down on all our income so an expected loss of £500,000 is anticipated. We need your support more than ever to raise funds for us from this bike ride. There are many vulnerable people affected by cancer who need our support with counselling, information, benefits advice and specialist physiotherapy. Please help us to help them by continuing to raise funds through your new, virtual challenge. Whether it’s completing a greater distance than you first thought, doing the route twice, doing it without all those cakes, doing it under a certain time, please get behind the Nello Challenge 2020 – https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayEventDetails.action?eventId=34104

Any questions please get in touch and we look forward to hearing when you are going to do your ride and perhaps seeing pictures of who is supporting you on your chosen route. Email: sarah.daniels@forcecancercharity.co.uk

Why not watch the film from 2019 – it will give you a real sense of what you could be takign on! Nello film 2019

Entry Fees for the 55 mile and the 100 mile routes

For Entry up to end December 2019: £32.00

For Entry from January: £37.50


Entry Fee for the 25 mile

For Entry from May: £25.00


Route Maps

Many cyclists have very kindly given us garmin links following the Nello.

Click here for the 100 mile route

Click here for the 55 mile route

We also have PDF maps for both routes:

55 Map

100 Map


TRAINING TIPS: A leading local sports scientist is offering cyclists preparing for FORCE Cancer Charity‘s Virtual Nello ride some invaluable training tips.




Nello History

Sponsor Form 2020


Cycling Etiquette – Highway Code

See below for all route information and updates that we are aware of.

As at 01st July 2020



Road closed due to construction on A396 both ways between B3227 (Exeter Inn) and the Cove Garden Nursery. Affecting traffic between Tiverton and Bampton. Any support crews with you will NOT be able to drive through here.

Please do check https://one.network/ regularly for updates on the route you are planning to take



On the 55 mile route, if you have support, there are a number of layby’s you can set up a picnic stop with some great views.

The village shop in Morchard Bishop is currently open – 55 mile route

Just on reaching the village of Morchard Bishop, before the shop, there is a large car park for people to wait for you. Also, after the shop – about 1 mile further along, there is a lovely bench overlooking some great views for a stop.

Morchard Road car park is open and there are picnic benches there. Toilets currently closed.



In Tiverton there is a big Morrisons supermarket.

On arriving into Tiverton the large Spar and petrol station serves a range of food including hot baps.

There are a few convenience shops and coffee shops open in Dulverton.

The Honey Farm will be open after 4th July so you could go in there to their restaurant to refuel. Please note the long, rough driveway to get there so take care on your bikes!

Morchard Road car park is open and there are picnic benches there. Toilets currently closed.



Thanks to all of you who have entered and cycled so far. Please do keep looking at our Faecebook page with some of the photos we have received so far: FORCE Nello Facebook page

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