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The Appeal Of The Exmoor Beauty

by Henry Peacock

One of the most attractive features of this year's Exmoor Beauty sportive is its greater accessibility for those from further afield, who have yet to experience the delights of a ride through Somerset's stunning national park. The event is set to take place on 21st April 2013.

The Exmoor Beauty has had its start moved to Tiverton and in turn cut the journey time dramatically for the majority of participants.


Marcus Di Vincenzo, chief organiser said about the new HQ: "Tiverton is only an hour's drive south of the M4 / M5 interchange, which means those approaching from west London need only add about another hour and a half to reach the HQ. While entrants from Birmingham are looking at just over a couple of hours, tops, and Cardiff is much less. Even Southampton, via the A303, is only just over 100 miles away, while Plymouth is almost literally just down the road, so The Beauty's new location is looking like a great hub for a sportive, with a start time window extended to 9:30 a.m. that means most participants won't need overnight accommodation on the eve of the ride."

Last year's inaugural event attracted nearly 800 entrants and this years geographical move, to the south of the county, has prompted Di Vincenzo to limit entries for this spring's offering. "If that many people were prepared to make the trek to Minehead last time, I'm guessing hundreds more will be attracted to a venue which is much easier to reach. Therefore, with a couple of hundred or so early birds already signed up and mindful that Tiverton High School is new to hosting a mass participation event, I've decided to initially cap numbers at 1500 for our first visit there."

At 100 km 'The Beauty' is an excellent stepping stone for longer summer sportives with  its gentle opening and closing sections, along the picturesque Exe Valley, make it a very appealing early season challenge.

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