The must-do season ending sportive, the Exmoor Beast, is fast approaching and with it the news from the organisers that entries are filling up fast: not far short of 1400 at the time of writing.
The organisers tell us that “the Beast is sure to have over 1,500 riders cross the start line with a dream of ‘Taming the Beast’. The route is facing its final tweaks and will be released in full on the 23 October, ensuring that every detail has been covered along with every riders need. One thing is for sure though; this event is here to stay, so if you want to be part of it, get entered as the limit is on the horizon.”
Taking place on Sunday 1 November, the sportive offers two distances, 100km and 100miles. The man behind it all is Marcus Di-Vincenzo, and he says: “I have ridden the course and feel that, in sportive terms, ‘The Beast’ really does offer the lot this year; superb, well signed routes, with some majestic views, well spaced feeding stations and of course all that Butlins has to offer visitors, he said. With the future of ‘The Beast’ now very firmly established, a superb permanent base at our disposal and the opportunity to use the same routes each year, we felt we could confidently introduce standards which allow riders to go for a time and set their own personal bests for the event. The certificates will be modelled on bravery citations awarded by the realm, with bravery being the operative word when attempting to Tame the Beast.”