2008 Report:

The 2008 Dartmoor Classic was a blazing success, with over a thousand riders enjoying near tropical conditions on their ride through Devon's National Park. In stark contrast to the inaugural event last year, when torrential rain had participants riding against the tide, the challenge this time was the heatwave.

On the exposed moorland roads, temperatures reached a staggering 33c ( 91f ) in places, which had the feed station teams despatching crate loads of bottled water by car, to be handed up to riders on the move. Fastest finisher in the 101mile event was Bristol's James Richardson, of Fred Baker Cycles, who flew round the ultra hilly route in 5h 30m, while Mark Pollard, from Saltash, took a fraction over 4h to cover the 65m version of the Mid-Devon C.C. / Colin Lewis Cycles promotion. At the end of the day, a single car stood proudly in the middle of the event's overflow car park to welcome its owner back, a mighty 12 hours after he had left the Abbrook Park start. With an increased entry of 1300, many of them female, the event is now a popular fixture on the UK calendar and the organisers have even bigger plans for next year, when it will return to the Teign Valley and a little gentler route.

dc 2008


Supported Charities:

Donations for 2008 was £2,160

Total Donations from the Dartmoor Classic = £2,570

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