2009 Report:

After the torrential rain of 2007 and the intense heat of 2008 what would 2009 bring for the 1,700 + starters in the third edition of the Dartmoor Classic Sportive? It brought a cool day with some rain on the high moor but light winds. Almost perfect conditions that allowed a record number of entrants achieve either gold, silver or bronze medal standard.

About two thirds of the starters arrived on the Saturday afternoon for registration and enjoyed a relaxing time in an enlarged Depart Village (it will be bigger and better in 2010) with food, drink and ice cream available. A jazz band played and Andre Burton performed amazing stunts.

A central control was set up at Princetown but to get there the riders had to overcome the long haul from Bovey Tracey to Manaton and then after a thrilling descent towards Ashburton the stiff hill (1 in 4) to Holne and the open moor.

The 100 milers then dropped down to Walkhampton via Peek Hill and more climbs and descents past Tavistock, Chillaton and Lydford before tackling the punishing climbs of Pork Hill and Merrivale to get back to the control for the second time.

Joining forces with the 100km riders the route back to the finish had two more tricks up its sleeve. There was the haul out of Postbridge but high speed relief down to Moretonhampstead and then the final major ascent up to Cossick Cross. The last miles saw groups of riders pushing on as hard as they could in the Teign Valley to achieve their target time.

By 6 p.m. all were safely gathered in and the team packed it all up and went home themselves satisfied in a job well done.

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Supported Charities:

Donations for 2009 were £4,400

Total Donations from the Dartmoor Classic = £6,970

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