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  • don simon
    Member

    Too bloody expensive. 🙁

    Raindog
    Member

    I’m not doing it, but some roadie colleagues are. There’s a lot of climbing, and the weather could make it a horrible day if it goes against you. I guess at the end of the day it’s all about how much you like suffering.

    fastindian
    Member

    oh yeah and as the don says, HOW MUCH? 😯

    iDave
    Member

    I’m doing it. I’m not sure why.

    don simon
    Member

    I’m doing it.

    I think I’ll have to pop along to point and laugh.

    Taff
    Member

    I have a 12 speed and can do some of the big hills in Hampshire but Welsh hills are twice as hard! I can do 100miles here but struggle doing 50m back home. Just looked at how expensive it is!!! You can do 3 sportives for that price

    fastindian
    Member

    OK so I’ve seen the advert and a part of me thinks, I fancy a go at that.

    Im pretty fit but never done 100miles in 1 go, I’ve only got an old flat bar 15 speed road bike that while in good running order weighs about 30lb

    So heres the question, can I complete it or will it kill me/the bike?

    Oh and your experiences please

    Sue_W
    Member

    Was tempted by the opportunity to ride on closed roads, but it seemed pretty expensive to me.

    Thinking of doing the clwydian audax instead on the 22nd Oct (choice of 60, 130, or 200km), or do my own DIYroute either through the mountain passes of Snowdonia or a circuit of Anglesey.

    Oh, and personally I need all the gears I can get riding round here!

    I had considered doing it but the time of year put me off, long way to travel to get soaked 😀

    Expensive for sure but if the Etape Caledonia and Hibernian is anything to go by the closed roads make it better value than most other sportives at £25-£35 which seems to be the going rate.

    project
    Member

    It goes near LLandegla, watch the race and then ride at llandegla,and youve saved the entry fee , simples.

    How much is it then? don’t you get a gash t-shirt included in the price, like you do with triathlons?

    Premier Icon schnor
    Subscriber

    As it goes right past my house I will be wearing my STW fanboi mankini, El Diablo style

    Well i was doing it but have had to pull out.
    Anyone fancy my entry, £40 and its yours.
    Email in profile.

    steve_b77
    Member

    It’s £59 with the discount codes, you get British Cycling membership included (worth £24) and a gillet in your good bag (worth £20) so in reality it’s £15 for the event or £35 if you discount the gillet.

    Not bad for a closed road event 35 minutes from my door

    don simon
    Member

    What happens if you’ve already got the cheapest 13.50 GBP membership, do you get discount?

    steve_b77
    Member

    Yup an initial £10 I think, how did you get membership for £13.50?

    Rorschach
    Member

    Did 45 miles this evening using some of the route the etape….going to ‘interesting’ in company….especially if its a bit damp 😉
    I’ll be riding around a muddy field instead 😀

    don simon
    Member

    I looked here.
    OK, what discount do you get if you’ve already paid 24.00GBP for Ride membership?

    Doug
    Member

    Nothing off for bronze membership as it doesnt offer the liability insurance IIRC.

    don simon
    Member

    OK, what discount do you get if you’ve already paid 24.00GBP for Ride membership?

    Doug
    Member

    Proper price is £53, whether you can use the 10% discount off that as well I don’t know.

    Did 45 miles this evening using some of the route the etape….going to ‘interesting’ in company….especially if its a bit damp

    Did something similar this afternoon.

    don simon
    Member

    That’s very nice doug, but not an answer to my question assuming you were trying to answer my question.

    theboatman
    Member

    I’m in, we will be spending a week with the in-laws in Wales anyway. It’s a small price to pay for a day off that.

    Doug
    Member

    That’s very nice doug, but not an answer to my question assuming you were trying to answer my question.

    The proper price if you already have ride membership is £53 or £65 without. There are also extra 10% off discount codes flying around which bring the £65 down to £59. Whether you can get 10% off the £53 already got ride membership price I don’t know. You do the sums regarding how much you’ll save as I can’t be arsed don’t want to make it too easy for you.

    taxi25
    Member

    Thought about it, but a bit late in the year, the weather could be horrible 😯 the price decided it in the end.

    Daisy_Duke
    Member

    Weather will be grim. It’s in North Wales! Got an entry myself as it goes past my front door. Mrs says she’ll be there with tea and cakes..
    To be honest, yes, it costs a packet, but if the entries are low it could be the last time they run the event. Lot to be said for a closed road event.

    I live in Brymbo (wrexham) so the Etape is on my doorstep. Im doing it, Yes its expensive and seeing how the route is mainly roads i ride on a weekly basis anyhow i struggled to get my head round the price at 1st. But for closed roads is worth its wait in gold (granted some of the roads on the route you hardly see a car on anway, but it will be nice to charge round corners knowing for deffo nowt is coming the other way :D)

    As stated you get 1 years ride membership/insurance plus a Gillet. So all in all not too bad really.

    I normaly pay £35 for a Sportive, plus ahotel/B&B the night before. Fuel in the car to get to Sheffeild/leeds/York etc etc (most sportives all in cost me circa of £100-150 as i have to travel). So as i live local i have no other costs than the entry fee for a change. Happy days for me, and as it also my Birthday on the 10th (day after) we just need as a bit of sun to make it a top day :lol:.

    iDave
    Member

    I really am doing it now, despite a manky forecast. In a strange way I hope the conditions are vile*

    *reserves right to change view post-ride

    Premier Icon molgrips
    Subscriber

    *Interested*

    Would love a closed road event. Plus I want to beat iDave 😉

    EDIT: oh, it’s THIS Sunday…

    djglover
    Member

    etape pennines now planned, 80 miles closed roads in England.

    Premier Icon imnotverygood
    Subscriber

    Interested to see how this pans out. It is a different organisation from the mob who do caledonia/hibernia so I expect teething problems.

    iDave
    Member

    You can’t beat me Molgrips, it’s not a ‘race’

    You can do 3 sportives for that price

    or 30 audax’s!

    Premier Icon molgrips
    Subscriber

    You can’t beat me Molgrips, it’s not a ‘race’

    Hehe.. who’s up for a STW 100 mile time trial competition then?

    iDave
    Member

    Can someone find me a decent forecast for this weekend as the ones I’m seeing are a bit manky and don’t fill me with joy as they relate to a hilly 100 miler. About 18c and no wind will be fine. Ta.

    steve_b77
    Member

    Dry until 9am, bit rainy until 12 o’clock then dry again, max temp is around 12 deg C and a bit if a wind with cloud cover, don’t expect dry & sunny or even the free gillet as they’re not included now!!

    project
    Member

    Quite a few roads shut around the horseshoe pass and other roads round llandegla village,

    B5426 Minera – A525 Four Crosses
    (including route through
    Gwynfryn))
    9.30 – 11.15
    H
    I
    28 – 32
    A525 Four Crosses – A525
    Llandegla
    9.45 – 11.30
    I
    J
    32 – 45
    A5104 / A525 Llandegla – A5104
    Corwen (including routes up Rhydy-
    Meudwy)
    10.30 – 12.30
    J
    K
    45 – 62
    A5104 / B5437 Corwen – A542
    Llangollen (including route through
    Carrog, Bryn Eglwys and Rhewl)
    11.30 – 2.00
    K
    L
    62 – 69
    A542 Horseshoe Pass
    12.00 – 2.30
    L
    I
    69 – 79
    A542 / A525 – A525 Llandegla
    (including route up Shelf)
    Also Stop / Go to accommodate
    A525 traffic
    12.00 – 3.30
    I
    H
    79 – 83
    A525 Llandegla – A525 Four
    crosses
    12.30 – 3.45
    H
    G
    83 – 85
    A525 Four Crosses – B5426 Minera
    (including B5430 Old Road
    Bwlchgwyn)
    12.40 – 4.00
    G
    M
    85 – 88
    B5426 Minera – B5426 Bronwylfa

    More info on etape -cymru, road closures

    don simon
    Member

    Rolling Road block or closed for the whole day?
    I’d like to go and get a few photos at the start then Horseshoe or World’s End..

    project
    Member

    http://www.etape-cymru.co.uk/

    click on local residents info, and a pdf will show all the road closures, horeshoe pass from 12.00 to 2.30 it says .
    It may be a nightmare for motorists as there isnt any other way round unless you go via Corwen and LLangollen.

    Best to arrive early, to get a spot.

    don simon
    Member

    Cheers project I popped over and spoke to the organisation earlier, I had a good look round the web site last night and couldn’t find anything…

    iDave
    Member

    Well that was interesting. Piss poor route marking, which may have down to grumpy locals nicking signs – nice to ride with banjo music carried in the wind. Very very windy on up on the hills, one v bad looking crash, great route. All my legs hurt a lot now. Pleased with 5’50” given the conditions, route, 10 days notice, borrowed bike, and no training etc etc. (other excuses are available)

    don simon
    Member

    ‘Twas a bit blustery up Minera way, I’ve got a couple of photos here…
    http://simoncarter.zenfolio.com/p409184659/h16004341#h16004341
    I take my hat off to you sir, well done.

    iDave
    Member

    I spotted you there, you had that frustrated photographer look as you realised I was going far too fast for any camera outside CERN or NASA

    don simon
    Member

    🙂
    A nice little climb there, no?
    What was the route like, difficulty wise?

    iDave
    Member

    Route was quite lumpy, nice use of lanes and sheep tracks! The real challenge was the wind, esp the gusts on some exposed descents and the block headwind up a few of the hills.

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