Brentor Road Race: Custard Classic

I mentioned at the end of my last race review that I was looking to try out a road race, with them being slightly longer, and in theory, safer than the crazy (but fun) crits I had been doing at Hillingdon and Lee Valley. With Easter weekend in Devon already in the diary, we had…

Haytor

Climb in a sentence. An iconic climb from the Tour of Britain, Haytor is long and varied as it climbs from Bovey Tracey up to the exposed high moorland with some steep sections to keep you honest on the way up. View rating. 9/10. Once the famous granite rocks that mark the summit come into view you…

Widecombe

Climb in a sentence. Widecombe starts steep and gets steeper with no time to regather yourself and you struggle up to the car park at the top and try to regain some composure. View rating. 7/10. Another where the sheer steepness will really limit your desire to look around and appreciate where you are, but once at…

Dartmeet

Climb in a sentence. Steep and relentless, this climb taking you out of the valley where the East and West Dart rivers converge is a tough slog which fortunately only goes on for 0.6 miles. View rating. 6/10. The wall-like steepness really gets in the way of any desire to look around and enjoy the ride, but…

Rundlestone

Climb in a sentence. Rundlestone feels like four climbs for the price of one, with a number of false summits on the way to the highest point near the famous Princetown Prison, with a real mix of gradients and views on the way up the 5.4 mile climb View rating. 8/10. Dartmoor looks great whatever the weather,…

Porlock Toll Road

Climb in a sentence. It’s £1 well spent to climb this 1200ft, billiard table smooth road up the North Devon coastline, and far more enjoyable than the steeper, shorter and car-clogged A-road that this bypasses. View rating. 8/10. The first half of the climb comes in and out of the trees, with each gap in the foliage…

Dunkery Beacon

Climb in a sentence. Steep, long, in the trees and on the moors, Dunkery has a bit of everything as you slog through the forest from the North Devon Coast up to the exposed, almost Ventoux-esque winding road up to the exposed summit. View rating. 8/10. Dramatic views all round towards the North Devon coastline and across…

Peak Hill, Sidmouth

Climb in a sentence. Tough climb out of Sidmouth, rising from the flat of the seafront up to a right bend where it ramps up to a shade under 20% for a couple of hundred meters where you’ll be begging for it to end.   View rating. 7/10. Not a huge amount to see at the top…