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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 88-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.

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. With the ride also supported by Olympic Gold Medallist and Welsh cycling hero Geraint Thomas - this really is a must-do event!

The Horseshoe Pass ‘King of the Mountain’ stage
During the 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 male and female riders to climb the Horseshoe Pass during the event a special prize.

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 either the Friday evening or Saturday before the ride 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.

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 88-mile route (2013 route map shown for general reference) 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

ROUTE INFORMATION (2013 route shown for general reference. 2014 route under review and will be released in early 2014)





Wiggle Etape Cymru Garmin Route 

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 £13.00 a night and without electric £10.00 a night.

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.

Bike Hire

British Bike HireBritish Bike Hire will be hiring a range of 18 speed alloy/carbon road bikes for the Wiggle Etape Cymru.

British Bike HireEach bike will be cleaned and fully serviced, delivered to the start and collected after you finish the event. We will have staff at the beginning of the event ready to adjust the bikes for you to suit your needs. British Bike Hire can supply SPD pedals at a small additional charge or can fit yours on the day. The bikes are geared sensibly for these events and all bikes will be fitted with two bottle cages.

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2013 Results and Gallery
Event Updates

Please find below links to all the emails sent out to the Wiggle Etape Cymru entrants to date.

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will update the leaderboard.

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Cycling News

Gareth Thomas becomes latest Welsh star to endorse Wiggle Etape Cymru
Gareth Thomas becomes latest Welsh star to endorse Wiggle Etape Cymru

Human Race is delighted to announce that ex-Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby star Gareth Thomas has become an ambassador for the Wiggle Etape Cymru cycling sportive, part of the Human Race sportive series, taking place in North Wales on 14 September.

Win 1 of 5 Geraint Thomas signed 2013 Wiggle Etape Cymru jerseys!
Win 1 of 5 Geraint Thomas signed 2013 Wiggle Etape Cymru jerseys!

Ahead of an exciting announcement about our 2014 Wiggle Etape Cymru ambassador, we're offering Human Racers the last chance to win 1 of 5 2013 Wiggle Etape Cymru jerseys, signed by last year's ambassador, Geraint Thomas!

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Brownlee brothers encourage nation to get inspired

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Q & A: Ben Swift, ambassador for the FT London Cycle Sportive
Q & A: Ben Swift, ambassador for the FT London Cycle Sportive

Event ambassador and professional cyclist, Ben Swift, chats to us about what he's been up to, his plans for 2014 and why the Financial Times London Cycle Sportive is such a great cycling experience.

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Ben Swift reveals Financial Times London Cycle Sportive route

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