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Wiggle Etape Cymru


Wiggle Etape Cymru

When is the eventDate TBC in 2015 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
  • Thanks to everyone. Great event. Brilliant route and so friendly - riders, officials and all the masses of people who were watching along the way!

    Graeme Peacock
  • This was a phenomenal event, brilliantly organised, amazing, relentless challenging route on stunning roads, brilliant atmosphere. A day I will never forget.

    Rog Middleton
  • Thanks to the organisers, volunteers and marshals - a really unique experience today. Brilliant!

    Paul Glossop
  • Brilliant event, well organised with friendly and social riders which helps with the hill grinding. See you next year.

    Colin Hodgson
  • Just want to see thanks for a fantastic ride today, it was by far the most well organised and scenic event I've done to date.

    Jason Hersey
  • 2nd ever sportive, 1st ever cycling prize. Thank you @HumanRaceEvents & @FestinaWatchUK for my Horseshoe Pass prize!

    Sophie Yarwood - @YarwoodS
  • #etapecymru special thanks for @HumanRaceEvents marshals and the locals for their excellent support. Someone had even written on the road!

    John-Evan Jones - ‏@JohnEHydro
  • Views and roads like today are what made me fall in love with cycling and what motivated me to train in cold, wet February days; and was certainly worth it.

    James Bywater -
  • @HumanRaceEvents that was an epic Etape Cymru. Legs destroyed but loved it. Thnx to marshals they where brilliant. That was a tough one!

    Morgan Burgess - @morgangb66
  • @HumanRaceEvents great event again at #etapecymru huge thanks to stewards and of course the residents worth the trip from Devon.

    Neil Bradley - @bradz72
  • @HumanRaceEvents completed the Etape Cymru yesterday, fantastic event, helpers are first class, always smiling and cheering, top work guys!!

    Ben thomas - @Ben_Thomas1987
  • @HumanRaceEvents awesome riding at the Etape Cymru today. Dry roads with excellent marshaling made for a great day. Loved the potatoes!!

    Al - @adeavin
  • Amazed to see so many locals out cheering us on today. Just shows what can be achieved with community engagement. Chapeau @HumanRaceEvents.

    Mark Nicholls - @TheRedHarrows
  • Thank you @HumanRaceEvents and @wigglebikeshop for organising the #EtapeCymru today. Great event and best feed stations around too.

    SeeFarr - @TheFarr
  • Thx to all of the resident & supporters on the course @HumanRaceEvents #etapecymru today. Thx for giving us exclusive use of the roads :-)

    David Morgan - @djmmorgan
  • Cracking day on the #etapecymru today. Thank you @HumanRaceEvents for such a well organised and locally supported event #cycling.

    Mark Nicholls - @TheRedHarrows

Wiggle Etape Cymru Event Information

Fully closed 85-mile route with comprehensive signage


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.

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, 2015

•    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






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 £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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The Hough - Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast

Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast conveniently placed for those taking part in Wiggle Etape Cymru. Kitchen supper can be booked for the night before and then an early start breakfast for those needing to be at Bangor on Dee Racecourse for 7.00 a.m.

Please visit:

SY14 7JJ
Contact: 01948 861015
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Wiggle Event Checklist

You’ve done all the hard work and training and with the big event fast approaching now’s the time to double check you have all the equipment you need to perform at your best. Wiggle has put together this handy check list to make sure there are no surprises on the morning. Everything is available with the click of a mouse with free UK delivery – Wiggle can even guarantee next day delivery for a little more!

Bike: click here Wiggle
Helmet: click here 
Jersey: click here
Shorts: click here
Jackets/Gilets: click here
Gloves: click here
Cycle Shoes: click here
Sunglasses: click here
Spare Tubes: click here
Tools: click here
Puncture Repair & Pumps: click here
Saddle Bag: click here
Tyres: click here
Lights/Reflective: click here
Bottles & Hydration: click here
Nutrition: click here
Cycle Computer/GPS: click here

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Nutrition and Hydration

SpatoneFeeling tired?

Feeling like you are constantly cycling uphill? Have you had a drop in performance? Low iron levels can cause fatigue and tiredness making it hard for you to keep up with your training programme however one sachet a day of Spatone natural liquid iron has been scientifically proven to help top up your iron levels!

Find out more about how Spatone can help your cycling here.

VitaCoco240 Keep hydrated!

Staying hydrated is crucial for achieving peak performance. Vita Coco coconut water promotes rehydration as well as refuelling as it provides carbohydrate as well as fluid.

Before exercise, your main priority is ensuring you are hydrated to have the best chance of putting in your best performance. During exercise, there are no hard and fast rules about how much to drink but, 400-800ml per hour will prevent dehydration and overhydration. After exercise, the sooner you start to replace the fluid the sooner you will recover. So make drinking your priority immediately after exercise.

Click here for more information on how to stay hydrated.

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.





Just GivingIf you’re looking for a way to make your event count, why not raise money for a cause you care about? Head to JustGiving, make a fundraising page in a few simple steps, and share it far and wide by email and social media.

Make your Wiggle Etape Cymru JustGiving page

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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