If you were planning to head to North Wales to ride the trails of Coed Llandegla this Sunday 9th September, then you’re in for a big surprise. Well, more of a disappointment really, as the Etape Cymru sportive will be taking place and the centre will be inaccessible via any road routes, with both the A525 and the B5430 closed until 1.30pm.
The Etape Cymru is Wales’ only closed road sportive and is marketed as the toughest in the UK, taking in the Horseshoe Pass as part of the 92miles and 3,000m of climbing. Sadly for anyone that was considering turning up to enter on the day, the event is sold out.
As Ian from One Planet Llandegla, operators of the popular trail centre says, they’re in a strange position: “People coming cycling won’t be able to cycle as cycling stops cycling.”
It’s not all bad though, as Coed Llandegla will be open for business once the road closures end at 1.30pm.
If you’ve already made plans to head there for the day, then we’d suggest a detour to one of the Mid Wales centres – maybe Betws Y Coed or Penmachno – followed by a 50 minute drive to ‘degla for lunch and then an afternoon spin around one of the routes (or maybe just a play in the freeride park) on your way back.
For the more eager, there’s always the chance of an early morning – and voluntary ban respecting – trip to the top of Snowdon, which is about 1h30 away. Weather’s looking doable too – and if you check our MagArchive, we’ve got plenty of route suggestions and tales to get you inspired.
Go on, turn setback into opportunity this weekend…