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Cycling Weekly Dartmoor Demon Sportive

30/04/2016 - Exeter Racecourse - Sportive

Rating: 92.2% based on 1 review - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 96.8% based on 7 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 92.222%

KevinAustin wrote:

Very well organised very challenging real sense of achievement

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 88.889%

PaulHatrey wrote:

would have been a great event if it was not for the uterly atrocious weather. i have never seen so much wind and Rain, and fog could not see more then 10 foot in front at times. thought the feed stops were under welming not a lot in them. sinage was good but never saw a map or route card for the day. staff were good and courteous and made good fun of the weather.
on to the ride. An amazing route that took you through the lovely dartmoor, with it's not so lovely HILLS and ther was a lot of hills. first of a nice little 5 mile climb up to Moretonhampstead that averaged out at about 5% a little rest bite then on to your first 20% hill. 5 mile down to the next hill not too bad about a 8-9%. 10 miles to your first proper down hill but could not enjoy it too much as the first feed stop was at the bottom. out of feed station then a nice rolling road for about 7 miles, left turn 20 MPH winds hit you. another 5 miles than it is the first of the 100 great climbs in the uk DARTMEET around 1.1 miles long with parts hitting 20-21% averaging out at about 12%. 2 mile rest then another hill at poundsbury (i think) witch as about 500 meters of around 9%, another 3 miles then the second of the 100 great climbs. WIDDECOMBE about a mile maxing out at aroung 17-18%. good thing about this hill feed station at top, give the legs a little rest (it was needed). off again towards HAYTOR which was a nice change as we were going doen WHOOP WHOOP. but could not enjoy it as the fog was so thik couldn't see more than 10 foot in front so a slow descent. then a nice leisurley ride back to event HQ or so we thought 10 miles great then they decided just to make us feel real bad theystuck another 1.5 mile climb back up to HQ, last 500 meters was flat though

Rated Event: 97.778%

MartinWeston1 wrote:

Excellent day out, stunning scenery and brutal course, over half the people I saw were pushing up many of the hills, so achievement one is just to get around without putting your foot down, 11-32 is a must for this one, would love to know how many golds they gave out? they must have been super human :=)

Rated Event: 98.889%

PaulHockley wrote:

I have done several sportive's and feel this has been the best one by far & the hardest.
Excellent day out

Rated Event: 97.778%


Haing ridden the Standard last year tried the Epic this year, not least for Maratona training. Boy was that tough from mile 70 but being local knew what was coming.
Route was challenging though the section to Avonwick was poor quality. Feed stations great. Sad that the T-shirts at theend had run out of large. Knowing a number of riders were on the Epic a proportion should have been left behind for later riders rather than letting them all go to Standard riders so running out too picky?
A great ride and people look out to support rides by volunteering to help for a couple of hours and get a free ride bonus. Glad to see malcolm Elliot riding this one too!

Rated Event: 100.000%

Steve wrote:

Great event. Excellent facilities at registration. Signage inspirational, motivational and, at times, amusing! My only concern was that I passed the Olympic swimmer Sharon Davies who was walking up one of the hills and finished before her. I then observed her crossing the line well after me yet when the timings were published, her time time was 58 minutes ahead of me!! May have been a spot of celebrity PR. All on a level playing field I thought.....

Rated Event: 97.778%

gareth wrote:

Really well organised. Beautiful scenic route. The stretch from Ashbuton up Poundsgate (25%) followed by the climb out of Widecombe on the 95 miler was one of the biggest challenges I have faced in a sportive. Steep and very long but rewarded with a thrillingly fast descent from Haytor. This is one of the best sportives I have riden and hope it comes back again next year.

Rated Event: 96.667%

martin.woolcott wrote:

Slick organisation and a ride of otstanding beauty. I am biased I am from Devon. This is tough especially today with wind and rain into your face. Some tricky technical descents for those who do not know the area. Fantastic ride though, good goody bag with result given as soon as you finished. Signage brilliant including humourous mickey takes as you climb two of the 100 climbs of Britain, Dartmeet and Widecombe. To be greeted with "Shut up Legs" on the last climb to the finish made me laugh. On a sad point I took a drive after up to Haytor later to see a few 90 milers returning, I saw a rider had crashed on the descent near the top, I hope he i ok.
This was a tough event made "worse" by the weather. Thoroughly enjoyed it, congratulations to all involved nice medal to finish, thanks Martin and the team.

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