Cyclists brave bad weather for Dartmoor Classic

Dartmoor Classic 2021

Dartmoor Classic - Credit: Andy Styles

The Dartmoor Classic cycle marathon survived tight Covid-19 restrictions and some of the worst weather in its history to complete Edition No.14 at the weekend.

Wind, rain and fog greeted a reduced field of almost 2,500 riders, who all had to take 'lateral flow tests' to comply with Government 'test event' rules, which also barred the popular start/finish 'village' at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

Rider taking part in the Dartmoor Classic

Rider taking part in the Dartmoor Classic - Credit: Andy Styles

Most of the entries were carried over from last year's postponement.

Teams of volunteer staff were kept busy by a stream of mechanical problems and minor injuries from falls in the slippery conditions.

One bonus was that donations from the event, one of the biggest 'sportives' in the UK, are expected to pass the £100,000 mark, and the MDCC's organising committee will soon start work on a back-to-normal 15th Classic in 2022.