'Beast' sets tough test for Exmoor riders
Hundreds of cyclists climbed up and down rugged hills as part of the annual Exmoor Beast Cycle Challenge.
Riders completed 100-mile and 100km (62-mile) versions of the gruelling cyclo-sportive event, which began in Tiverton before crossing the National Park in a circular course via Minehead, Lynton and South Molton.
Jon Brown, 50, from Ashburton, completed the tough route in 7 hours and 23 minutes, in 116th place.
He said the conditions were better than forecast but still extremely testing and tougher than his "home" event, the Dartmoor Classic.
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"The worst part was from Porlock up Dunkery Hill as there was a pretty strong South Westerly and I struggled up to the Beacon," he added.
"You go through every emotion on sportives, from never wanting to do it again to a fantastic sense of achievement – the pint of Exmoor Beast at the end was welcome."