The Dartmoor Classic Cycle Sportive survived tight Covid-19 restrictions and some of the worst weather in its history to complete Edition No.14 at the end of June.
Wind, rain and fog greeted a reduced field of almost 2,500 riders, who all had to take ‘lateral flow tests’ to comply with Government ‘test event’ rules, which also barred the popular start/finish ‘village’ at Newton Abbot Racecourse.
Most of the entries were carried over from last year’s postponement.
Teams of volunteer staff were kept busy by a stream of mechanical problems and minor injuries from falls in the slippery conditions.
One bonus was that donations from the event, one of the biggest ‘sportives’ in the UK, are expected to pass the £100,000 mark, and the MDCC’s organising committee will soon start work on a back-to-normal 15th Classic in 2022.
Dartmoor Classic Chairman Guy Langworthy added “We were really pleased to be able to run the event this year despite the restrictions. Everything went well and we received some of the best feedback we have ever had from participants. We are looking forward to running the 2022 event already”
Words: Dave Thomas, Photo’s: Andy Styles