How will the Dartmoor Legend ULTRA Sportive run?
Are you ready to take on the toughest cycling challenge in the South West? There is only one route option available and that is the full 200 mile ULTRA with it's 18,000 ft of climbing. Princetown is renowned for taking prisoners but the Dartmoor Legend takes none! This epic route is against a pace clock. You will pass through Princetown three times, on each occasion, if any rider falls behind the minimum pace necessary to finish by midnight, they will be required to retire from the event.
All participants must register online in advance of the event. There will be no entry-on-the-day. Entries are limited to 200 places. One month prior to the ULTRA Sportive you will receive a detailed Ride Manual with all the information you will need for taking part in the event. The Event HQ will open on the afternoon of Friday 8th July 2022 for participants to attend and collect their Ride Pack. The Event HQ is located at the Princetown Community Centre, PL20 6RF.
The Dartmoor Legend will start from Princetown, the very heart of Dartmoor National Park. All participants must start between 04:00 hrs and 05:00 hrs on Saturday 9th July 2022 and are required to finish by midnight. The maximum time limit being 20 hrs (from 4 am). There is only one route option available and that is the full 200 mile ULTRA with it's 18,000 ft of climbing.
About the Route:
Dartmoor National Park in Devon, covers an area of approximately 365 square miles with the towns of Okehampton to the North, Bovey Tracey to the East, Ivybridge to the South and Tavistock to the West. Princetown is the town which sits at the heart of the high moorland and is the town from which the inaugural Dartmoor Legend will take place. All 200 miles of this Ultra Sportive will use roads on Dartmoor.
The Dartmoor Legend's route has approximately 18,000 ft of ascent and will take you around the entire perimeter and over all the iconic climbs including Dartmeet, Doccombe, Haytor, Holne, Merrivale, Newbridge, Peak Hill, Pork Hill, Widecombe & more! Some of these roads have gradients hitting 25%. With this said the Dartmoor Legend is not about taking you up grueling little back lanes, it is a journey to showcase the very best cycling roads that Dartmoor has to offer. Yes the route is challenging but the scenery and views are as breathtaking as the hills!
All good legends are shrouded in mystery, the Dartmoor Legend is no exception, the full route maps will be remaining a mystery until closer to the day. Full GPX files and maps will be made available to participants nearer to the time.
Our Charity Partner:
SSAFA is the UK's longest standing armed forces charity, having supported our armed forces personnel and their families since 1885. Just Events Ltd have chosen SSAFA as it's charity partner, supporting their work through donations from all our cycling events. For the inaugural Dartmoor Ledgend we are asking that every participant pledge to raise a minimum of £30:00 to help us reach our target donation of £6,000 from this one event. Fundraising will be managed though Just Giving. We would encourage you to join our 'Dartmoor Legends Fundraising Team' using the "Join our Just Giving Team" button or links.
The Dartmoor Legend ULTRA Sportive will start from Princetown at 04:00 am. If you would prefer to get a few hours sleep locally before the start there are a number of accommodation options in the area these include, Hotels, B&B, Hostels, Bunk Houses and Camp Sites. The accommodation map on this site can be used to find and book suitable accommodation, including Air B&B.
There is also limited availability (first come first served) to have a camp bed in the gymnasium at the Event HQ guaranteeing you won't over-sleep and miss the start. Those staying at the HQ will have access to the toilets, showers, washrooms and secure lockers. The fee for staying at the HQ is £15 pp and can be booked as part of the registration process (whilst availability lasts).