Cyclists will compare skills to the best
A DARTMOOR cycling club is holding its own hill climb to compare its members to the best riders in the world and to celebrate the "biggest day in Devon's cycling history" – as the Tour of Britain whizzes by.
The race is Britain's equivalent of the Tour de France. On Saturday it crosses the county from Barnstaple to Dartmouth.
On Dartmoor, Merrivale Hill between Tavistock and Princetown will be used for its King of the Mountains climbing stage.
Local club Tavistock Wheelers seized the opportunity to stage their own event over the same stretch before the professionals arrive. By doing so they will be pitting themselves against Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and other heroes.
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Geoff Whitlow, from the club, explained: "Our finish line will be the same. We'll have someone there recording times so its a chance to compare our times with those of the Tour of Britain riders when they pass through later."
The 1.8 mile distance should take the speediest riders seven minutes. Mr Whitlow added that the Tour riders have an "advantage" because theirs is a moving start whereas the Tavy Wheelers will start from a standstill.
The event is sold out and 80 riders have signed up. Prizes have been donated by Princetown businesses. Other events have been put on in the area by The Dartmoor National Park Authority to celebrate the Tour.
The Tavistock Wheelers time trial starts at 8.30am from outside the Dartmoor Inn, Merrivale. Tour de Britain riders will appear from noon.