East Devon braces itself for one of Britain’s toughest cycle challenges this Sunday.

Nearly a thousand cyclists are set to descend on East Devon this Sunday to test out its famous hills for a gruelling cycle challenge - complete with fantastic entertainment for family and supporters.

Nearly a thousand cyclists are set to descend on East Devon this Sunday to test out its famous hills for a gruelling cycle race - complete with fantastic entertainment for family and supporters.

The Jurassic Classic is a 100k or 100-mile ride, in aid of the cancer charity Prostate Cancer UK, which starts and finishes at Exmouth and scales some of East Devon’s steepest hills inbetween.

The first is a circular route through Budleigh Salterton, Otterton, Sidmouth and back through Honiton and Woodbury Common.

The second follows the coast all the way to Lyme Regis before heading inland at Charmouth and via Axminster back to Exmouth.

Both routes pass Sidmouth and Gittisham Hill- so these make good viewing points.

While organisers have promised “challenging” climbs equal with the toughest rides in the region, for spectators seeking relaxation there are lovely views and an “events village” full of entertainments.

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The venue, at Exmouth Rugby Club will offer bike displays, bouncy castles, climbing walls, live music- and the chance to watch the weary riders finish.

The Sidmouth Herald and Exmouth Journal will be manning stands offering visitors the chance to win draw prizes such as a bike worth �250 and bottles of personalised champagne.

Smooth Radio DJ, Mark Goodier, whose father-in-law died of prostate cancer, is encouraging people to take part or support the ride.

He said: “I love Prostate Cancer UK bike rides, they are always fantastic and I am gutted to be missing this one as it’s such a spectacular course.

“I lost my father-in-law to prostate cancer, so I know only too well how important these cycling events are, as they draw attention to and raise funds for a very important cause.”

Riders set off at 7am on the longer course and from 8am on the shorter course. Registration is open between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday and from 6am on Sunday. Entries will be taken on the day at a cost of �30.

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