Such is the rising popularity of cycling that the Westcountry’s biggest end of season ride is filling faster than ever.

With entries for the Exmoor Beast due to close on October 22, approaching 1,200 places are already filled and organisers believe their parking allocation at Butlins will be tested to the limit. "We may have to look at arranging additional space outside the holiday camp. Therefore, it would really help if those who are thinking about giving it a go don't leave it to the last minute to sign up," said Marcus Di Vincenzo of Exeter's event's management company M.I.G.

Now established as one of the UK's. must do challenges, the Exmoor Beast, on October 28 is individually timed, but is not a race and soft peddlers have, if needed, over eight hours to complete the fully way-marked100km route.

Full event details and entry options can be found at www.exmoorbeast.org