New Routes Announced For Moor 2 Sea Sportive


Posted Monday 8th April 2013 –

Just Events Ltd have announced that there will be a choice of three routes for their 2013 edition of the Moor 2 Sea Sportive which takes place on September 7th. The ‘Inspire’ (60 km / 37 miles), the ‘Challenge’ (104 km / 65 miles), and the ‘Extreme’ (180 km / 112 miles). All routes start and finish from the Conference Centre at Exeter Racecourse in Devon.

The ‘Inspire’ route is a new addition to the Moor 2 Sea Sportive and has been introduced as a more achievable challenge for those new to Sportive cycling and endurance events. The route is mainly undulating but still takes in a respectable 3000 ft of climb with gradients up to 16% on the final ascent to Haldon Belvedere. The route includes one feed zone at 35 km (22 miles).

Both the ‘Challenge’ and ‘Extreme’ routes have been completely revised for 2013. “We could not be certain how construction work for the new Kingskerswell Bypass would affect the local road network in September so we took the decision to completely avoid this area.” explains Event Director, Stewart Bergman. “We have also listened and responded to the excellent feedback from our riders, tweaking other aspects of the routes to devise what we believe will be the perfect course for 2013.” he adds.

Distances for the new 2013 routes remain unchanged. The ‘Challenge’ is 104 km (65 miles) and takes in a demanding 6,600 ft of climb whilst the ‘Extreme’ is a gruelling 180 km (112 miles) with over 11,000 ft of climb and gradients up to 25%, a true test for any endurance athlete. The ‘Challenge’ will include feed zones two feed zones (35 km and 65 km). The ‘Extreme’ will have four feed zones and a drink station (35 km, 65 km, 86km [Drink], 122 km, 143 km).

John Tiernan Locke at Haytor in the 2011 Tour of Britain
John Tiernan Locke at Haytor in the 2011 Tour of Britain

Both the ‘Challenge and ‘Extreme’ routes are to retain their notorious ‘King of the Mountains’ timed hill stage, which will relocate to the legendary Haytor climb where John Tiernan Locke secured his KoM victory in the 2011 Tour of Britain and where the Devon stage of this year’s tour will conclude a couple of weeks later on September 20th.

Full details of the route have been published on the event website

The event is limited to 1000 places and is already 1/3 full, so if you want to take part in this year’s Moor 2 Sea, early booking is strongly recommended.