Exmoor Beast

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Ron Keegan
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Exmoor Beast

Postby Ron Keegan » Tue Oct 09, 2012 18:10 pm

The Exmoor Beast is looking good this year. Nearly 1300 are already signed-up and there's still a few days to go before entries close. The mid-range forecast aint looking too bad either so it'll be great for the family to visit Butlins; they get in free with a rider and can use all the facilities while their loved ones are out on the road trying to tame the beast. Anybody reading this thread done it before and, if so, any tips specific to the event.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Bobbinogs » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:00 am

Hello Ron, probably worth doing a search as this does come up on an annual basis :)

I did the Beast back in 2010 and the 100m route is tough but achievable, it just peters out a bit towards the end as the interest levels drop off so try and keep your spirits up.

My advice, not knowing how experienced you are, is check the weather carefully as it makes a big difference to this one (see 2009!). I would take a spare and thin wind proof top that you can stow in your back pocket, whatever the forecast is as it can blow a lot on the tops and be very changeable. There are quite a few cattle grids which can be done but make sure loose lights are secured, etc. Oh, watch out for the first hill out of Luccombe. For some reason a lot of folks get this completely wrong. There is a sharp left hander and then the road ramps up...many get caught in the big ring and stall in the middle of the road leaving a scene of carnage as others who have got it right have to weave around them. The ford on the next descent can be crossed but just approach it sensibly, keep your line and stay well balanced. If in doubt, walk as I have seen folks come down and there is still a long way to go with bruised limbs and a crest fallen ego. Be carefull on the descent into Lynmouth. You can easily get over 40mph but the road at the bottom is narrow, steep and has a distinct camber with manhole covers inthe middle so don't get carried away...or you will be carried away. The organisation is great, as are the feedstops. I am just waiting for confirmation that I will be in the area and then will join up myself. Stay hydrated, eat well. Have a good one.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby FoldingJoe » Fri Oct 12, 2012 14:39 pm

Thanks for the info, Bobbinogs.

Did the 100km Dartmoor Classic earlier this year so thought I'd stick my name up for the Beast as well.
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby rodgers73 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 21:49 pm

I signed up for this earlier in the year and then got an email saying they were moving the event forward a week due to Butlins hosting an "adult themed" weekend on the original date!

Wtf??

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Ron Keegan » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:10 am

Just a quick up-date on 'The Beast'

Entries have just passed 1400 and the on-line booking system closes on Monday.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Ron Keegan » Mon Oct 22, 2012 09:25 am

Registrations for the Exmoor Beast are now approaching 1600 and extra parking capacity has just been arranged at Butlins. Looks like it's going to be a great climax to the sportive season, so a big thanks to all who have already signed up. Today's the last chance to book a place; on-line entries close at midnight.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby JamesB » Mon Oct 22, 2012 13:49 pm

check the weather carefully as it makes a big difference to this one (


forecasts seem to be very much settling now for cold and dry but probably quite breezy later in day; but at least DRY :)

Looks to be my first serious outing of winter clothing, better check it still fits :lol:

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby NITR8s » Tue Oct 23, 2012 17:02 pm

Im down for the 100 mile and hoping to complete it in under 8 hours. Kinda looking forward to it and kinda dreading it. Ive just come back from a 16 day holiday so trying to get back into the rythum on my bike again. I done 60 miles and 3000ft of hills without stopping on Sunday so fingers crossed I will be ok on the day.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby reformedfatty » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:49 am

This'll be my first sportive, taking part in the 100k. 39/53 and 12/25. Been told to expect death. We'll see.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Ron Keegan » Wed Oct 24, 2012 13:42 pm

Wrap up warm reformedfatty, don't go off too fast in the opening miles and you'll be absolutely fine to tame The Beast. Of the 1611 entrants, several are sportive virgins, so you won't be on your own. Aim to be in one of the first waves of riders to leave the start and you should have company most of the way round.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby jsf1962 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 20:51 pm

Did the Beauty in the spring, which by he way didn't live up to it's name, but really looking forward to the Beast. Aiming for an A finish in my age category. Good luck to everyone.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby MonkeyCowboy » Sun Oct 28, 2012 17:00 pm

That was cold wet and windy! Did the 100miles, most of which on my own, 1 puncture at about 65 miles that cost me a silver :( 6:49 moving, 7:06 overall. Good day out though, enjoyed it but could have done with finding a group that were traveling at my pace.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Pumpkin Positive » Sun Oct 28, 2012 18:18 pm

great event despite the inclement conditions. I was a bit surprised that my garmin recorded 2000m of ascent rather than the 1300m advertised for the 100km event

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Garethp73 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 18:41 pm

Great route, really enjoyed it, it was my first Beast...BUT
Not normally one to moan but turning up to a venue the size of Butlin's at 0700, only to be turned away as there was no parking is very bad management. You knew how many had registered, which should have given you an idea on the amount of spaces needed.
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby reformedfatty » Sun Oct 28, 2012 19:23 pm

Made it round, gear ratios definitely made the first climb a struggle, combined with the cattle grid mat making a bid for freedom under the immense power (maybe) that I was putting through the rear wheel. Couldnt hurt to put some eyelets through that and tie it down.

4:29 on the 100k. Huge respect to those on the 100 miler, despite overshoes, sealskins and winter gloves my fingers and toes were numb by ~60k.

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Sun Oct 28, 2012 20:00 pm

100 miler done. 2850m climbing, so the organisers have been telling some porkies...

My right IT band went 30 miles in, so those last 70 were incredibly painful. Can't wait to do it again!
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby JamesB » Mon Oct 29, 2012 07:58 am

my garmin recorded 2000m of ascent


1800 m on mine so organisers do seem to have badly understated ascent on 100 km. There was a total of 600m climbing to the A39 junction, then another 450 out of Lynmouth to S`bath + all the subsequent sections of 100- 150 m out to Wheddon etc; so I `believe` my Garmin here

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby NITR8s » Mon Oct 29, 2012 08:38 am

I did it, 100 miles. Although it took me 9 and half hours. I couldnt move my fingers at the end, I had to use the palm of my hand to change gears. I lost my climbing legs around mile 60, so was really slow on all the hills from then on. I must have hurt my ankle as well and not realised due to the cold and not being able to feel most of my body.

The worst thing is, I forgot my Mug. I left it on the table in the crazy horse bar. GGGGGrrrrrrrrr

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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby Grill » Mon Oct 29, 2012 09:34 am

Good job on doing the full route!

Aside from my knee going I lost feeling in my feet at 20 miles and had to change gloves at 60 miles as the others were soaked through. The descents were incredibly scary for me as my brakes were worn to nothing and I was so hard on them my hands kept cramping (still couldn't scrub sufficient speed for several very hairy corners!). I reckon in nice weather it would have been a lovely ride.
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Re: Exmoor Beast

Postby FoldingJoe » Mon Oct 29, 2012 09:40 am

Anybody know what distance the ford was at?
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