Two Moors 100 cycle sportive helps to raise over five thousand pounds

On the day that Chris Frome was riding victoriously into Paris, North Devon was holding its own mini tour. In its fifth year, the Two Moors 100 cycle sportive ride was a great success, with nearly 300 riders setting off in the sunshine from Bideford for a round tour of Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Riders of all abilities came from across the UK to take part in the 60 or 100 mile event, which is not held as a race but as a challenge, with regular food and drink stops and a course mechanic making it accessible to inexperienced riders.

The Two Moors 100 is organised by the Rotary Club of Bideford Bridge who had over 35 volunteers manning the feed-stations and safety vehicles all over Devon. Initial estimates suggest over £5,000 has been raised for charity.

The first riders on the 60 mile course, Phil Walker and Anthony Green, arrived back in 3 hrs 26 mins, while the first woman back was Tania Brackenbury in 3 hrs 47 mins.

Steve James was fastest on the 100 mile course, finishing in 5 hrs 55 mins and the first female was Karen Gear in 7 hrs 8 mins.

The last rider returned after a gruelling 10 hours, but they were still smiling.