- Etape cymru…..your thoughts please
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 pleasePosted 6 years agoSue_WMember
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!Posted 6 years agoOmar LittleMember
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.Posted 6 years ago
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 IPosted 6 years ago
can’t be arseddon’t want to make it too easy for you.Daisy_DukeMember
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..Posted 6 years ago
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.depth-junkieMember
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:.Posted 6 years ago
Quite a few roads shut around the horseshoe pass and other roads round llandegla village,
B5426 Minera – A525 Four Crosses
(including route through
9.30 – 11.15
28 – 32
A525 Four Crosses – A525
9.45 – 11.30
32 – 45
A5104 / A525 Llandegla – A5104
Corwen (including routes up Rhydy-
10.30 – 12.30
45 – 62
A5104 / B5437 Corwen – A542
Llangollen (including route through
Carrog, Bryn Eglwys and Rhewl)
11.30 – 2.00
62 – 69
A542 Horseshoe Pass
12.00 – 2.30
69 – 79
A542 / A525 – A525 Llandegla
(including route up Shelf)
Also Stop / Go to accommodate
12.00 – 3.30
79 – 83
A525 Llandegla – A525 Four
12.30 – 3.45
83 – 85
A525 Four Crosses – B5426 Minera
(including B5430 Old Road
12.40 – 4.00
85 – 88
B5426 Minera – B5426 Bronwylfa
More info on etape -cymru, road closuresPosted 6 years ago
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.Posted 6 years ago
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)Posted 6 years ago
‘Twas a bit blustery up Minera way, I’ve got a couple of photos here…Posted 6 years ago
I take my hat off to you sir, well done.
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