Entries are now open for the famous 2010 Exmoor Explorer, probably the largest Mountain Bike Marathon in the country. This year’s event is on Sunday 8 August at 10am leaving from Wheddon Cross, Exmoor.
Steve Crossman, one of the organisers, says: “ This year’s event we are calling “Ladies Year, (and gentlemen too).” We would especially like to encourage ladies to participate and support the Breast Cancer Campaign. The Exmoor Explorer is not a race but a long distance mountain bike challenge so everyone is welcome to go at their own pace and enjoy the tea stop and the views. There will be food available the night before, plus the usual camping, pasta party and t-shirts will be available.”
The entry fee for this year’s event is only £10 for female riders, all of which will go to the Breast Cancer Campaign. For male riders the fee is £19 and a percentage of this goes to local good causes. Entry is by prior application only and no applications are taken on the day. The number of entries is limited and the event usually runs at capacity so anyone interested in joining in is advised to enter early.
The route comprises a ‘short’ (approximately 25 miles) route and a longer (approximately 35 miles) more challenging route. The routes change every year, but always takes place over the challenging but spectacular landscape of Exmoor. Most of the mileage is done on off-road tracks, bridleways and byways, with landowners’ permission where appropriate.
Both routes feature the infamous ‘Tea Stop’ where riders can get an energy boost from flapjack and energy bars and is a good place for watching the fun. There are also several checkpoints along the way so that riders can rest and stop for a drink if they wish.
For further information and to download an application form visit: www.exmoorexplorer.com