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Wiggle Etape Cymru


Wiggle Etape Cymru

When is the eventSunday 14th September 2014 Where is the Event Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, Wrexham, North Wales

  • Riders of the closed-road Wiggle Etape Cymru are bound to have a great day out on the bike and will enjoy the fantastic North Wales hospitality and scenery.

    Chris Boardman MBE
  • The team at Human Race organise great events and I’m pleased to be part of what’s going to be a fantastic day out in Wales for cyclists from all over the UK.

    Geraint Thomas MBE
  • The closed road Wiggle Etape Cymru is just the kind of event that excites me with my new love of cycling. It’ll be a good challenge and a superb day out in North Wales.

    Lee Dixon
  • Riding under closed roads is an experience usually only available to us pros so to do this over a great distance as an amateur is a special opportunity.

    Yanto Barker

Wiggle Etape Cymru Event Information

Fully closed 85-mile route with comprehensive signage £62


Croeso i’r Wiggle Etape Cymru. Gobeithiwn y byddech yn ymuno gyda ni ar yr 14fed o Fedi 2014 i fwynhau’r profiad arbennig o feicio ar rai o ffyrdd harddaf Gogledd Cymry heb poeni am draffig.

The Wiggle Etape Cymru is an ‘epic’ lung-busting, leg-aching, end of season closed road sportive, which provides the most challenging closed-road test in the UK. The route starts and finishes in Wrexham and passes through the Clwydian Range (an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Dee Valley area with stunning scenery. The route takes in several well-known climbs including the legendary Horseshoe Pass which incorporates a timed King of the Mountains challenge.

This incredible event was voted Sportive of the Year 2012 by readers of RoadCyclingUK and has been widely acclaimed for its success by all of the top cycling media outlets - this really is a must-do!

The Festina Horseshoe Pass ‘King of the Mountain’ stage
During the Wiggle Etape Cymru there will be a special King of the Mountain timed stage for the Horseshoe Pass climb. This 6.1km climb gains 317m in height and at times the gradient reaches 20%. We will award the fastest climber to climb the Horseshoe Pass during the event a Festina watch which will be sent to them after the event.

Completely closed roads
Nearly all sportives on the UK calendar are held on open roads and little prior permission is required. The Wiggle Etape Cymru is held on closed road conditions (for all entrants achieving a minimum of 13mph), which requires traffic management orders, additional signage, marshals and logistical costs relating to event safety. Riding in closed road conditions is a fantastic experience that can’t be rivalled by other open-road sportives.

Compulsory event registration
After entering for the event online, all participants MUST register for the Wiggle Etape Cymru on the Saturday before the ride that takes place the following day. This will involve picking up your event pack which will have everything you need in it for the ride including your rider numbers and timing chip. You just need to bring your ID with you to pick up your pack.

Registration takes place at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse (the same venue as the start/finish venue) on Saturday 13th September between 12pm - 7pm. Parking is free.

If you cannot make the registration times, you can get a friend to register for you. All they need is a copy of your photo ID and they will be able to pick up your event pack for you.


Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2014

•    Fully closed 85-mile route with comprehensive signage
•    Marshalling on all main junctions
•    Mechanical support
•    Medical support
•    Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
•    Energy drinks, bars and gels provided at feed stations
•    Electronic chip timing system with online results available from event day and texted to mobile phones after completing the route
•    Medal
•    Free Parking

Event Information Pack and Maps - Now Available!






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Wiggle Etape Cymru Garmin Route


Residents Information & Road Closure Map

Wiggle Etape Cymru Course Map

Wiggle Etape Cymru Road Closure Map - Click to download as a PDF

Wiggle Etape Cymru Road Closure Map - Click to open as a high resolution JPG (recommended if viewing on an iPad)

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.

If you would like to enquire about using this service then please email with details. Please do also mention this to others you think may qualify to help us to identify those that may need it. There will also be some resource available on event day for any emergency movement requests that come in via the resident phone line (this number will be added to the website & will be on the notice on the cones placed on the driveway of those living along the route).

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 would like to raise money for local causes we pay a per head donation for route marshals and last year positions were filled by people raising money for great local causes such as a PTA, village hall and Silver Band. We are once again looking for local resident groups to get involved in this way, if you are interested then please email  

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?
Should you have any specific queries or if you believe that you would be eligible for an escort and would like to make an enquiry about one then please email Human Race at You can also call the Human Race customer services team on 0208 391 3913 (Mon-Fri 09.00-17.30).


Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, Wrexham LL13 0DA

By Car
Liverpool – 1 hour
Manchester – 1 hour 15 mins
Birmingham – 1 hour 25 mins

By Train
Nearest station is Wrexham, 7 miles away from the start. Wrexham station has a taxi rank.


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We recommend:

Clays Touring and Leisure Park,
Bryn Estyn Road,
LL13 9UB

A quiet, peaceful site just 3 miles from Wrexham town centre. Our tent field has 15 pitches. Heated shower block and laundry facilities. We offer a discount  for race participants therefore the cost of a pitch with electric for one person would be £15.00 a night (normal cost is £20.00 a night in September) and without electric £8.00 a night. The cost of a pitch for two people without electric is £12.00.

The booking line open 9am-9pm Monday-Saturday and 9am-6pm Sundays Tel: 01978-661852

Mountain View Farm,
Llanarmon Road,
LL11 5YP
Contact: 01978 754432

£60.00 per night bed and breakfast for 2 people.

Willington Lodge

Willington Lodge camping and caravan park is located close to Bangor on Dee. They have toilet and shower facilities, water and electric hook ups and free WiFi. Breakfast can be provided in the main house.

Please visit:

Horseman's Green
SY13 3BZ
Contact: 01948 830275
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Event Updates

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Free Wattbike Training Guide

JoannaRowsellx150To help with your training, we have partnered with the team at Wattbike, and their Sport Scientists have devised a special programme for free!

Wattbike realises that not everyone is a pro, and as a result, not everyone has a coach to tell them how to train. They have developed a programme specifically designed for the Wiggle Etape Cymru to ensure that you get the maximum out of every session on the Wattbike. The guide includes a mixture of indoor and outdoor rides, hill sessions, strength sessions and technique workouts too. By following this guide you will not only be fitter but also a smoother, faster more efficient cyclist.

Click here for your free training guide.

Charity and Fundraising

Macmillan - Official Charity of Etape Cymru eventsMacmillan Cancer Support is thrilled to be the lead charity partner of Etape Cymru. One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest fight any of us will have to face. That’s why the Macmillan team is here, every step of the way. By joining Etape Cymru and fundraising for Macmillan, you are helping us reach more people affected by cancer, and you will receive further event and fundraising information throughout the build-up to your event. To join Team Macmillan, simply select the tickbox on the Etape Cymru entry form and Macmillan will send you a fundraising pack.

Nightingale House Hospice - Local Charity Partner for Wiggle Etape CymruNightingale House Hospice are the Local Charity Partner for the Wiggle Etape Cymru.





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Horseshoe Pass Challenge

Horseshoe Pass ChallengeAs part of the Wiggle Etape Cymru, the route goes over the infamous Horseshoe Pass. This 6.1km climb gains 317m in height and at times the gradient reaches 20%.

During the Wiggle Etape Cymru event itself there will be a special ‘King of the Mountain’ timed stage for the Horseshoe Pass climb with a prize to be announced just before the event.

Below is a link to our overall Horseshoe Pass Leaderboard and anyone can post their time at any point during the year. Just time yourself from a standing start at the bottom of the Horseshoe Pass (opposite the ‘Coach House’ building on the right hand side of the road which is the start) all the way to the top which is a ‘Horseshoe Pass’ sign at the top of the climb.

The Ponderosa Cafe is just after the top of the climb and is a great place to relax afterwards and they make a lovely coffee/tea & cake for the recovery! Visit their website.

Email your time to and we will update the leaderboard.

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