Organisers Mid-Devon Cycling Club, have announced the date for their tenth running of the Dartmoor Classic Sportive. The popular event will take place on 26th June 2016 with the event village open for the entire weekend.

The Dartmoor Classic website will open for entries on 31st October 2015 with the event likely to 'sell out' its 4,000 rider capacity within 24 hours as it has done for the last 3 years.

"This year's event will be extra special" explained event promoter Andrew Perkins, "We're very excited to be celebrating our tenth birthday and are planning for this event to be the best yet, over the next few months we'll be announcing some new event partners and features, there are plans for a bigger event village and some special features on an enhanced route".

"The event is unique in that it is run wholly by club members and volunteers, with over 120 marshals lining the route, another 50 'helpers' present at the HQ and feed station. The event isn't run as a commercial venture and thus whilst the delivery is entirely professional, the emphasis isn't on cost-saving, but on showcasing the club's talents and delivering the very best event possible. The profits generated are shared between local charities and ploughed back into the club to offer coaching and development to young riders and to support aspiring young riders."

The event features 3 separate rides over 35, 65 and 105 miles each over the rugged testing terrain of Dartmoor.

The website will open at 8am on 31st October 2015 at www.dartmoorclassic.com

Notes:

Mid Devon Cycling Club is one of the UK's largest cycling clubs with over 500 members. The club has a reputation for producing leading riders including Olympian and Tour de France riders Colin Lewis, former Team Sky rider Jon Tiernan-Locke, present domestic pro's Yanto Barker and Tom Baylis and recent National Junior TT champion Matt Langworthy.

The club is based in Kingsteignton and utilises the British Cycling, Paignton Velopark facility from which it offer coaching and support for riders aged 6 upwards.

http://mdcc.org.uk/

The Dartmoor Classic
http://www.dartmoorclassic.com/
www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk
(website in progress of being migrated to new format/platform)

The Dartmoor Classic is a UCI registered cyclo sportive promoted by Mid Devon CC since 2007. It regularly features in rider polls as a 'Favourite Sportive' and is considered to be one of the UK's 'iconic' sportives. The event has grown year-on-year from a relatively modest start with 750 riders up to its present incarnation as one of the UK's leading sportives boasting 4,000 riders.
The event is run across Dartmoor over 3 routes the Grande (105 miles), the Medio (65 miles) and the Piccollo (35 miles). The Grande and Media take in the iconic climbs of Beccaford, Haytor and Princetown.
The event features a Strava sponsored closed road King/Queen of the Mountain section in 2015, motorcycle outriders provided by British Cycling's National Escort Group and support from many sponsors including Skoda, Torq, Continental, Shimano and Primal.
The proceeds of the event are shared between local charities and invested back into Mid Devon CC principally to support young rider coaching and racing.
The event headquarters are Newton Abbot racecourse.

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