Wiggle Etape Cymru Road Closure Map - Click to download as a PDF
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Whilst we will endeavour to minimise disruption as much as possible and open roads as soon as it is deemed safe to do so all times stated are approximate. For health & safety purposes all detail stated is subject to change, please obey all road closure signs / equipment / personnel in place on the day.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the event. For a printable version in English CLICK HERE, or for a printable version in Welsh CLICK HERE.
What Is The Etape Cymru?
For the 3rd year Human Race, organiser of the Wiggle Etape Cymru, are delighted to be returning to beautiful North Wales. The Etape Cymru is an 85 mile closed road cycling event which has won several national awards, and along with the beauty of the route, it is renowned for its simply epic hills.
Each year in the survey to participants they are asked for their favourite aspect of the event along with their motivating factor for taking part, and continually it’s the same response along with the closed-road conditions, and that is “the stunning scenery” with over 93% stating that they would return to the area another time with family & friends.
The event brings nearly £500,000 economic spend to the area and we are proud of the support the event gives to both local and national charities. Macmillan Cancer Support raised over £30,000 from the event in 2013 and our local charity partner Nightingale House Hospice had many fundraisers taking part who together raised thousands of pounds for the hospice, raising vital funds as they only receive 19 days worth of funding from the government.
This year we are thrilled to welcome ex Welsh Rugby captain and legend Gareth Thomas on board as the ambassador for the ride and if you’d like to join Gareth, along with hundreds of other Wrexham and Denbighshire residents who are set to take part on Sunday 14 September then please do sign up on the website!
What is Happening?
On Sunday 14th September approximately 2000 cyclists of all ages will take part in a closed road cycle event. The route starts and ends at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse in Wrexham and goes through stunning parts of Denbighshire along its 85 mile route, including a timed climb up the famous Horse Shoe Pass.
We work extensively with both Denbighshire & Wrexham councils, the emergency services, as well as other stakeholders during the planning stages. This includes attendance at Safety Advisory Group meetings where the safety and planning of the event is scrutinised.
Will The Roads Along The Route Be Closed?
Yes the roads used for the route will be closed. However following our review of 2013 we have made some changes to the route this year to help keep more areas accessible and to try to reduce the impact on areas affected.
Most of the A-roads in the region will be open and operating as normal. Where closures are in place it is for short sections only and alternative routes can be used. Those A-roads where the route crosses them will have Traffic Management stop/go or traffic lights in place but apart from that will operate as normal. Please refer to the official map showing the route and the crossing points in place.
Why Do The Roads Need To Be Closed?
We are working with the Welsh Assembly to promote North Wales as a repeat tourist destination as well as to bring spend to the area and local businesses. The Etape Cymru has prestige as it is 1 of only 5 closed road cycling events in the whole of the UK, and is known as one of the most beautiful. Whilst we absolutely encourage and welcome locals to sign up too, the exclusivity of the event means that people will travel further for the experience and will therefore stay longer and spend more money in the area. For example in 2013 87% of the riders taking part were from outside of North Wales, including from as far away as Africa.
Unfortunately the majority of the roads in the area are not suitable for events to use them as they are too narrow to safely allow the passage of multiple cyclists and cars past each other and so for the safety of everyone the roads are closed for a period of time. Cyclists prefer the safety of closed road events, and through offering this we can therefore attract higher numbers and their families to the area, thus maximising the money spent with local businesses.
We do however appreciate that by doing so the event is impacting on residents & businesses along the route for the day and we would like to thank you in advance for your support.
Where Does The Route Go & What Time Will The Closures Be In Place?
The route is broadly the same as in 2013 however we have worked with the councils to make some amends to it to reduce the impact on certain areas. The changes made does mean that there will now be people affected who were not necessarily affected in 2013 as they were not directly on the route that year.
We have worked through the route to make the closures as short as safely possible, the route map and closure times can be found on the map. We will aim to get the roads open as soon as possible and should all the riders be through earlier than predicted, and it is safe to do so, then the roads will be re-opened.
The closure periods across the route are based on predicted fastest & slowest completion times for the course. We set a strict minimum speed for the riders, and should they fall behind this then the road will be re-opened at the planned time and they will be told that they are cycling on an open road. Alternatively they can choose to be “swept” - we will have a number of “sweep” vehicles throughout the course that can pick up riders who are unable to continue due to tiredness or mechanical failure, and drop them at the finish venue.
Are Any Vehicles Allowed On The Route?
No unfortunately not - to ensure the safety of residents, the general public, and the riders, the route needs to be secure and therefore all vehicle movement is prohibited on the roads used by the route during the times that they are closed, this includes all types of vehicles, bikes and horses.
How Do I Get Out / Around The Area?
The roads will be closed and so if you live on or near the route then as far in advance as possible we would ask you to please check the map / timings and pre-plan your movements for Sunday 14th September around the road closure times. For those directly affected we would suggest, for example, to park your vehicle just off the course on the Saturday and walk to it on the day should you need to leave during the times that the roads are closed. When you walk on the course please do so with care and be mindful (especially at corners and at the bottom of descents), that riders may be riding on the “wrong” side of the road and at speed.
What If I Have No Choice But To Move Along The Course On The Day?
We acknowledge that there are some people that have no choice but to move on the day and will not be able to make alternative arrangements to work around the closures - this could include, for example, farmers tending to animals in fields at set times or home help carers.
We will have a group of experienced Motorbike Marshals who are fully trained in how to ride/drive in a closed road event environment who can act as pre-booked escorts to help to get them on/off the route safely. For the safety of everyone the total number of escort journeys has to be capped, and can only be offered to those that have no choice but to move and who also cannot make any other arrangements.
Creating an escort plan for a closed road event is very complex as vehicles can only move in the same direction as the cyclists, thus once an escort is past as certain point they cannot turn around to go back to someone else. For this service to be as effective, efficient and timely as possible for all those persons that need it then the movements required need to be planned in advance. We would therefore request that if you think you may need one that all queries re an escort are with us at least 3 weeks before the event.
What About Affected Businesses?
The businesses (pubs etc) along the route have been identified and if possible plans have been made to minimise the disruption to them through either the course design or Traffic Management planning, however unfortunately this has not been possible for all. Businesses will be contacted re the closure times that affect them and we will work with them to minimise disruption where we can, for example using escorts to get their staff into work.
Are Emergency Services / 999 Calls Affected By The Closures?
We work very closely with all of the emergency services during the planning stages of the event as well as on the event day itself. Emergency vehicle access will not be affected by the closures and will be maintained throughout the course.
How Can We / I Get Involved?
We would love for the communities that are along the route to get involved in the event and we welcome your support!
If you don’t fancy taking part or marshalling then please do join the hundreds of spectators along the route and cheer on the riders as they put themselves to the test! Tour de France style cow bells are optional!
Also at some closed road events where vehicle movement hasn’t been possible villages have decided to host BBQs or community events at their pub or village hall on the day, to bring the community together during the event. If you are stuck for ideas we would be happy to share some examples of what others have done in the past!
How Do I Get In Touch?