Cornwall Tor route 'taster' for cyclists

Cyclists on Millook hill near Bude
Image caption The main event in April includes a one-in-three "killer" climb at Millook, near Bude

Hundreds of cyclists are testing the route of a big event being staged in Cornwall in April.

The Cornwall Tor on 10 April, includes three route length options - 103 miles (166km), 73 miles (117km) and 44 miles (71km).

As part of the preparation, a 'tasting Tor' is taking place on Sunday, starting and finishing at the Dragon centre in Bodmin.

It is hoped the taster will inspire people to enter main event.

'Personal battle'

In April, cyclists opting for the longest route will start on the north Cornwall coast in Port Isaac and cycle across the county to the south coast ending at Looe.

Most of the ascents are short and steep with landmark "killer climbs" at Millook near Bude which is a one in three slope.

The Tor is organised by Cornwall Council in partnership with national cycling and non-cycling organisation Cyclosport.

Councillor Joan Symons said: "The Tor is a challenging event with many cyclists using it as an opportunity to challenge themselves in a personal battle against the distance and ultimately, the clock.

"We are organising the taster event to give local riders the chance to try out elements of the route before committing to entering".

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