Cyclo-sportive riders looking for one last challenge before hanging their good bikes up for the winter should check out the Exmoor Beast ride on Sunday, 4 November. This new 100-miler (with a 100km alternative) is being billed by organisers as one of the best and most challenging cyclo-sportives of the year.
The ride will start from Dunster Castle near Minehead, Somerset. Festivities start the evening of 3 November with a fireworks display at the castle and there will be shuttle services between Minehead and the castle for the display and for the start of the ride on Sunday.
Exmouth based event coordinators M.I.G say they have been “observing, and learning from, the varying organisational standards of U.K. promotions throughout the year.” For the Exmoor Beast they say they aim to “offer the best of the best and avoid the pitfalls of the worst.”
Marcus Di Vincenzo, the chief organiser, says “The domestic sportive scene needs a spectacular fixture, which is a fitting finale to the annual calendar and we will provide all the trimmings that will form the ideal climax to the season. We have the expertise and highly trained manpower to enable the Exmoor Beast to be safely and successfully tamed, providing you give it the respect it deserves and have prepared properly. If the awesome climbs don’t take your breath away then the fantastic scenery certainly will and our aim is to make the journey from entry to post ride recovery smooth, enjoyable and truly memorable.”
Entry fee is £27 and the ride will be restricted to 1,500 entries. For more information, see the Exmoor Beast website.