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Eat Dirt on Exmoor; Exciting Bank Holiday Thrills!

A group of Mountain Bike enthusiasts from across the South West and beyond took to the Exmoor hills on Monday for a new May Day bank holiday ride,  “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor.

 

Group of riders with one pulling wheelie

195 cyclists took part in the ride, raising over £3,000 between them, with more sponsorship still coming in. Much of the 25 mile main route took riders through areas of Exmoor not normally open to the general public, thanks to the Hollam, New Invention and Broford Estates allowing special access for this event.

 

pair of riders in forest area

The circular route started in Dulverton following the route of the River Barle up to Tarr Steps, then up onto the moor, south east to the river Exe and then back into Dulverton for the finish line.

 

Riders at Tarr Steps

 Despite mixed weather the riders enjoyed the event, with many already asking when it will be repeated, like Julian from Tiverton; “I had a great time today, it was a well organised fun event. The course was really enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the next one already!

 

Riders on the moor

 

Rob Lott, head of Communications at Calvert Trust Exmoor said “What an amazing day we’ve had! We were absolutely delighted that so many riders came out to support us and enjoy some beautiful Exmoor countryside. Thanks to these riders, the support team, volunteers and marshals we will be able to support more people with disabilities to access cycling and other adventurous activities.”

 

rider speeding down hill

As well as the fabulous volunteer marshals and helpers, Calvert Trust Exmoor would also like to thank and the brilliant local businesses whose support  enabled the event to happen; Mason Kings, Mole Valley Farmers, The Bike Shop (Tiverton), Ivan’s Coffee, GT Bicycles, AMASS medical, Risdon Hosegood Solicitors, Dulverton Co-op, M & H Fruit and Veg, Morrison’s Tiverton, PFG Fabrication, MST Group, Exmoor National Park and Altitude 58 Film Company.  A film of the event produced by Altitude 58 will be available in the next few days.

 

Tarr Steps from Above (image © Altitude 58 Film Company)

Following feedback from this year's riders “Eat Dirt on Exmoor” 2017 will be moving to the Sunday before May Day bank holiday, Sunday 30th April 2017. You can find out more by following the event on our Facebook page via calvert-trust.org.uk/eatdirt.

 

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our Fundraising Team:

Exmoor

Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221

Kielder

Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

Lake District

Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255


 

 

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