Cyclists heading to Dartmoor for Classic marathon

A scene of Dartmoor, a road winding across the moors

The 4,000-rider Dartmoor Classic will go ahead next month - Credit: Getty Images

It's all systems 'go' for next month's 14th Dartmoor Classic after the cycle marathon, the biggest of its kind in the UK, received official post-Covid backing.

The Classic, based at Newton Abbot and set for Sunday, June 20, has been given sporting 'test event' status by the Government and British Cycling.

It means the field of 4,000 riders, most with entries carried over from last year's cancelled event, can tackle the Grande (110mls), Medio (68m) or Piccolo (38m) routes as usual.

As part of the anti-Covid drive, the field will set off in reduced groups of 50 riders from the start-finish point at Newton Racecourse.

The organising Mid-Devon CC has also introduced a wide range of other safety measures among its force of more than 200 volunteer staff.

Meanwhile, almost 60 riders made the most of a break in the rain to contest the MDCC's 10-mile Time Trial on the A38 at Buckfastleigh.

Cornwall veteran Tim McEvoy (Royal Navy/Royal Marines CA) keeps improving and, at 42, he won in a course PB of 19mins 16secs.

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Paignton's Conrad Moss (Primera TeamJobs) was second (19.39), leading triathlete Donald Brooks from Teignmouth fifth (20.18) and Andrew Perkins from Kingskerswell seventh (20.23).

Other Mid-Devon times included: 12 Max Churchill 20.39, 14 Jason Kettle 20.54, 21 Harry Loader 21.35; Ladies - 2 Maria Weymouth 25.15.

Anna Lane, Matt Holmes and James Allen were all big winners for MDCC at the South West Cross-Country regional final at Kennford.

Holmes won the Under-12 group by more than half-a-minute, with teammate Bayley Woodger fourth.

Lane led home a club 1-2-3 in the juvenile female class, ahead of Grace Ward and Molly Lane, while Allen took the boys' under-10 race with Ben Simcock seventh.