5 Mar, 19:41
Brendan Gallagher caught up with Madison Genesis Team Manager last week, to look ahead to 2014 and to discuss the change of moving from riding to team management last season.
For the first time in the modern era of the race, riders will finish Stage Six with a SKODA King of the Mountains climb on Dartmoor. With its stunning landscape and breathtaking views Dartmoor is a perfect setting for a cycle race and will present a real challenge for the riders and a great location for spectators.
Dartmoor National Park is the largest area of open country in southern England. Its central location in the county of Devon makes it a popular place for recreation. Whilst many people come to Dartmoor to enjoy the beautiful scenery, many come to get active! With over 450 miles (730km) of public rights of way, there is an abundance of walking and cycling routes to suit all tastes and abilities. Whether you are a passionate pedaller or just a casual cyclist Dartmoor has everything you could wish for - safe, traffic-free trails, quiet forest tracks, challenging bridleways and historic rural lanes to enjoy at your own pace.
The Granite Way, built along the course of the former Southern Region railway line, is a mainly traffic-free cycle/walkway between Okehampton and Lydford. It is part of the National Cycle Network route number 27 'Devon Coast to Coast' between Ilfracombe and Plymouth. Much of the Way is within Dartmoor National Park. The trail is ideal for families and those new to regular cycling.
Drake's Trail is a network of walking and cycling trails that runs along the edge of Dartmoor. The network has something for all age groups and fitness levels, starting with the new off-road cycling section between Tavistock and Plymouth.
A new landmark on the Trail is Gem Bridge, a 24-metre high cycle and pedestrian bridge near Tavistock. The £2.1m bridge, spanning 200 metres across Walkham Valley, is one of the final links on Drake's Trail connecting Dartmoor National Park with Plymouth. Gem Bridge, with its spectacular views, also forms part of Cycle West's "Vélodyssée" route, which is a 265 mile (440km) cross-Channel cycle link stretching from Ilfracombe to Redon in Southern Brittany, via Okehampton, Tavistock and Plymouth.