At around 11:30 this morning local rider Jon Tiernan-Locke of the Rapha Condor Sharp team lead the charge up on to Dartmoor, in the process clinching the category one King of the Mountains stage at Haytor Rocks – a climb he has probably made many times before!
He was cheered on by a huge number of spectators with over 2500 people gathering at Haytor to see the first climb of Stage 5. The car parks were full two hours before the riders arrived and masses of recreational and club cyclists enjoying Dartmoor by cycling up along part of the route.
It was stunning to see so many people out and as the official commentary vehicle passed they recognised Haytor Rocks as the most atmospheric, popular and well supported section on the Tour to date. This point was echoed by Joe Hall from Rapha Mobile Cycle Club who was obviously delighted to see JT Locke lead the charge for Rapha and shows why the team see themselves as the top UK team. Commentating specifically on the Haytor climb Joe said that, ‘it was a fantastic spectacle, really giving a feeling similar to the Tour de France.’
If you didn’t get a chance to see the cyclists on Dartmoor then watch the highlights tonight or better still why not come out to Dartmoor to experience its beauty for yourself. Haytor is a wonderful place to start but there is more than another 360 square miles to enjoy!
1. Thank you to all the people who came to Haytor and respected this wonderful landscape by parking responsibly and crucially not dropping any litter. Thank you!
2. Keep a track on what other events are happening by visiting our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/DartmoorNPAGuidedWalks
3. Want to come and explore Dartmoor further? Then check www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk for details and www.dartmoor.co.uk for a range of accommodation and activity suggestions.
Also look out for the next edition of Active Dartmoor magazine – out at the end of September
4. If you have enjoyed your time on Dartmoor then why not enter our Enjoy Dartmoor competition to win a local food hamper. Just send us your favourite Dartmoor ‘moment’. This could be a view, a walk, a festival or a particular event or anything in between. Send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org see Dartmoor NPA blog for further details.