Having opened for entries early in November, the Dartmoor Classic, run this year in association with Specialized, has already received over 2100 entries, amounting to more than 80percent of capacity. “In the four years we’ve staged the Classic, we’ve never had such a rapid take up of places and, despite planning for a 10percent increase in the size of the field, it looks like our best attempts to satisfy demand may again be thwarted.” said Stewart Bergman, chairman of the organising team.
The event, which takes place on June 26, will welcome representatives from Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Holland, Russia, Switzerland, the USA and Zimbabwe as well as all the home nations.
With a choice of two well signed and marshalled routes through the spectacular Dartmoor National Park the internationally-recognised event is now a must-do ride for all who enjoy a challenge. “We’re awarding unique granite trophies for all finishers, gold, silver and bronze standard medals for those who beat the time standards and, thanks to Specialized’s support, amazing value-packed goodie-bags,” said the event’s organiser, Ken Robertson. “There’ll also be bountifully-stocked feeding stations, individual timing, mechanical back-up, paramedic support, National Escort Group motorbikes, a vibrant Depart Village and everything you’d expect of a major promotion, plus a whole lot more.” he added.
The Depart Village will open at noon on the eve of the event, when riders and their supporters can soak up the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the many attractions. These will include the Specialized Chill-out Dome, cycle trade exhibition, live music and a wide variety of activities.
To encourage riders to register on the Saturday and avoid the following morning’s rush, there are also free cycling product prize draws every hour. The village reopens on Sunday in time to welcome riders home and offers a second chance to view all that is on display.
Despite increasing the event’s capacity each year, the Dartmoor Classic is always a total sell-out, with all 2,000-plus places being filled months before last year’s ride.
Entries available online at www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk