The long term forecast for this year was going to be HOT, HOT and HOT. But the morning of the event proved us all wrong with a good 2-3 hours of heavy rain and thunder storms! It was still quite warm though according to Pete. The last 5 miles were ridden with a partially flat tyre, “I wasn’t going to stop for it then” – good theory! Pete did an all time best time this year scoring gold- well done Pete! For those of you who haven’t heard about it and wouldn’t mind having a go –
Established in 2007, the Dartmoor Classic has grown in popularity, attracting cyclists from around the world.
The Dartmoor Classic Sportive is a cycling challenge, organised by the Mid-Devon Cycling Club and registered with British Cycling. The organising committee are all club volunteers who share a passionate for cycling. The inaugural event took place from Abbrook Park Sports & Social Club in May 2007. Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength. By 2013 the Dartmoor Classic had outgrown its original home and was moved to its current location at Newton Abbot Racecourse. Now, with a sell out field of 4,000, the Dartmoor Classic is widely recognised as the most prestigious open-road Sportive in the UK, attracting cyclists from around the world.
The Dartmoor Classic offers you choice of three routes:
Every cyclist participating in the Dartmoor Classic can be confident that they will be fully supported from start to finish.
Prior to commencing their ride, each participant is issued with a unique ‘Rider Number’ and ‘Disposable Timing Chip’. These are used to identify the cyclists participating in the event and to record when they start and finish. There are also timing check points along the routes that are used to monitor the riders progress.
All routes are clearly signed and marshaled. Route maps are given to every participant and electronic routes are available to download in a variety of formats for those with GPS enabled bike computers.
At our Welcome Village we have mechanics available to help should you find you have a problem with your bike when you arrive. There are also cycling retail stands where you will be able to purchase essential kit items should you find that you have forgotten to pack them.
Once you have commenced your ride, we will have mechanics, medics, and support crews patrolling the course. You will also have our emergency contact number (on the rear of your rider number) and you can use this to contact us for assistance should the need arise.
Each route has well stocked feed stations offering drinks and a wide range of quality foods and specialist energy products.
There are also professional sports photographers out on the course who will take your photo as a memento of your day with us (photos are optional and not included as part of your entry fee).
When you finish your ride you will go through the reception hall where you will be given your finish time and medal. You will then pass through to the event village where you will be able to pick up your ‘Goody Bag’ and other Event Mementos. A Gold, Silver or Bronze medal will be awarded to you in accordance with the age and gender category standards for your chosen route. These times can be viewed on the respective route information pages.
Our Welcome Village offers live music, entertainment, food, drink, and a range of retail stands for the enjoyment of you and your family. This is open on the Saturday afternoon, during registration, and on the Sunday of the event.