With medals currently the measure of sporting achievement, the promoters of the Moor2Sea sportive (Sunday September 8) continue to keep the design of the new event’s ‘gong’ very much under wraps.
“At this special time in the nation’s sporting history, we felt we had to come up with something extra special to mark success in this significant cycling challenge,” said organiser Stewart Bergman.
“All I will say is that these high quality, custom made awards, unique to the event, will not be left languishing in the back of a draw somewhere, they will be much cherished and displayed with immense personal pride.”
At 112 miles, the Moor2Sea sportive’s Extreme Route is set to be one of the UK’s toughest. With more than 12,000 feet of ascent, it features more climbing than any single stage of the Tour of Britain, which passes through the same area the following weekend.
The final ascent of the day, Mamhead, will carry its own King of the Mountains medal pin for those who complete the section inside the, as yet undisclosed, designated time.
For those seeking a shorter, but not neccessarily less difficult, ride, there is the 67-mile Challenge Route, which also links Dartmoor’s rugged moorland with the South Devon coast. However, for riders unable to complete their chosen route, Devon by Bike will be in support, providing a recovery service from the designated feed zone.
Energy products supplier High5 are the most recent partner to join forces with the event, while Olympic Games and Tour de France photographers SportivePhoto will be on hand to capture images of the riders in action.
Exeter Race Course will be the sportive’s HQ, where services include hard standing parking for all vehicles, pre-start breakfast, post-event catering and massages to soothe away those aches and pains before the journey home.
The event concludes with a two-mile closed road circuit and all finishers will be rewarded with a goody bag, worth approximately £20.
Entries for the Moor2Sea sportive are limited to 500 riders, with the start list already 80 per cent full. For full details and to enter, visit www.moor2sea.com