The organizers of the 2008 Dartmoor Classic cyclo-sportive (Sunday, 11 May) say that it will be bigger, better and offer moor for your money than 2007’s successful ride.
This year’s event sold out, throwing the Mid-Devon C.C. and Colin Lewis Cycles in at the deep end with a 1200-person event. But they’re aiming even higher for next year.
“Our first effort at running a major sportive was exceptionally well received and our baptism by deluge provided us with invaluable experience to make it even more attractive next time,” said club chairman Andy Parker.
“We’ve only just opened for entries and nearly 200 places have already been taken. At this rate, it looks like the event will fill up even quicker than before.”
The 2008 ride will traverse Dartmoor in an anticlockwise direction, with feeding stations positioned near Okehampton and Princetown, home of the infamous prison.
The 100 mile and 100 km routes take riders up onto the open moor much earlier than this year and a greater percentage of both distances will be over moor-land roads in the National Park.
In an effort to cope with demand an extra 100 places will be made available, with gold, silver and bronze medals being added to the unique Dartmoor Granite trophies.
An improved timing system will extend to provide splits at intermediate checkpoints and guarantee greater accuracy and more detailed information for all participants.
Learning from riders’ preferences this year, there will again be a variety of refreshments available around the course, including energy bars, power gels and sports-aid drinks.
“With a post-event poll of sportive riders rating the Dartmoor Classic 9 out of 10, placing it comfortably alongside highly respected events such as the Fred Whitton and the Etape du Dales, as well as the cycling media’s glowing praise for our first attempt, we are hugely encouraged to try even harder to make it an established fixture at the top of the U.K.sportive calendar,” said Parker.
The event’s Grand Depart and headquarters will remain at Abbrook Park, Newton Abbot, where the MDCC run their local initiative for riders in the 4 -16 age group.
The Abbrook Aces will be one of the financial beneficiaries of the inaugural event, as will the Dave Rayner Fund and the Devon Air Ambulance charities and, with an increased entry fee, it is hoped donations will be even bigger next year.
For further information and to enter on-line visit The Dartmoor Classic website.