A CYCLING challenge branded “The Big One” is set to return to Launceston for its third year.  

The Moor 2 Moor Challenge is a growing event which invites cyclists from across the country to test their might in Cornwall as they battle it out across both Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor.  

Now in its second year of public entry, the event is expected to have around 100 cyclists take part.  

Taking place on May 12, the event is split into two rides to cater for different levels of ability. 

The “Just one Moor” ride sees cyclists take on 100 kilometres — 63 miles — with 1,700 meters of climbing across Bodmin Moor. 

However, for those wanting a bit more of a challenge, classic Moor 2 Moor Challenge, dubbed “The Big One”, looks to push riders to their limits. Cyclists will take on 200 kilometres — 124 miles — taking in the scenery of both Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor while also tackling a leg-sapping 3,500 metres of climbing.

Both rides finish in the historical Launceston Town Square, where each participant will receive a goody bag, including a t-shirt sponsored by Launceston Cycles and a can of craft beer sponsored by Firebrand Brewing Co. 

Simon Owens, committee member for Launceston Velo, said: “It’s amazing to see how this event has grown over the last three years and we look forward to this being a regular event on the Launceston social calendar. We have once again attracted riders from all over the country which really shows the appeal that our great counties of Cornwall and Devon have for riders. 

“We’re also going to be joined on the day by Ashlea Dodsworth from Sustrans, who’s been working with the local primary schools raising awareness of air quality issues, and helping the children cycle, scooter and walk more.  She will be running lots of different activities for everyone to get involved in, with some prizes too! 

“We want to say a huge thank you to our event sponsors: Launceston Cycles Ltd, Maunder & Sons, WestGate Street Deli and Firebrand Brewing Co. We will also be making a donation to SarcomaUK.”