Sold Out In Record Time

Event Date: 27th June 2010

A new decade has heralded a surge of interest in England’s most popular cyclosportive. Taking place on the challenging hills of Dartmoor the event offers a choice of 100 mile and 100km courses. As Devon enjoyed a snow covered start to the year more than half the places were taken by January and all 2200 places were taken by mid march 2010.

Multiple entries have been received from North America with a strong contingent from Holland and Germany. One couple are coming from the much flatter Isles of Scilly, which should make training interesting. Peter Savage from New York is entering for the first time, but he is no stranger to challenging climbing…..he won his age group in the granddaddy of North American hill climbs, Mount Washington. The race features 4750ft of climbing over 7.6 miles, with gradients up to 22%!He has won his category on several hill climbs in the U.S.A., uses cross country skiing as winter training ,and regularly does 5000ft of climbing on training rides. Mark Talbot, also from the States, heard about the event through the cycling press. He has competed in several 100 mile events and half ironman races.

Peter Abel, from Germany is competing for the second time, and competes in high profile events in Italy and Austria (such as the Eddy Merckx Classic).The Damhuis family from the Netherlands organise the winter triathlon in Enschede, and train on skates as well as bikes! Phil Donnison enters from France and used to be a teacher at the Royal School for the Deaf in Exeter. He moved out to the Languedoc region of France where he has turned his hobby into a business, setting up a successful and expanding bike hire business, Mellow Velos.

In the past riders have had to brave sweltering heat and torrential downpours. With weather prediction not proving itself to be an exact science, riders will have to be prepared for anything.
The club have set up a mechanism for those entered but unable to compete to pass this on to a new applicant. For more details visit the website on.

www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk

Demand is sure to be even greater in 2011, so enter early to avoid disappointment.
Adrian James
Event Promoter/Press Officer
7th march 2010
Editors notes

  1. 2010 sees the fourth running of the Dartmoor Classic.
  2. The event takes place across some of Dartmoor’s most challenging hills.
  3. There is a choice of 100mile and 100km routes.
  4. The first running of the event in 2007 took place in torrential rain when those doing Ten Torrs on the same day had to be helicoptered off the moor. The cyclosportive continued.
  5. The event is organised by Mid Devon Cycle Club, the largest cycle club in the Westcountry, and formed in 1930 (www.mdcc.org.uk). The club has 170 members, predominantly from Torbay, Teignbridge and the South Hams. All profits are ploughed back into the club ( particularly to support young riders competing at a national level) and local charities (Force Cancer Charity,Devon Air Ambulance,World Cycling Relief and Shelter Box in 2010). Most cyclosportives are now commercially run.
  6. The event is supported by the Dartmoor Partnership (which includes Dartmoor National Park) and Devon County Council Travelwise.
  7. Start is from 7.00am at Abbrook Park Sports and Social Club, Kingsteignton, where the event also finishes. Competitors must be at least 15 for the 100 mile event. All must finish by 18.00.
  8. The club’s current members include a number of national champions and professional riders, and an Olympian and two time Tour de France competitor, Colin Lewis.

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