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Wiggle Etape Cymru FAQ

  1. What time does the event start?
  2. Is the event all closed roads?
  3. Why is there a cut off speed?
  4. Do I have to register for the event as well as enter online?
  5. Why do I have to register on Friday or Saturday?
  6. What do I need to bring with me on the day?
  7. Where would I find toilet facilities?
  8. Will there be anywhere I can leave my belongings during the ride?
  9. Where is the best place for my friends and family to watch the event?
  10. How do I find out the results?
  11. Will there be any event photos?
  12. Can I ride a tandem?
  13. Can my friends volunteer to help out at the event?
  14. What medical provision will be available on the day?
  15. Why is the price more than most sportives?
  16. Disclaimer

What time does the event start?
The event will start at 7am on Sunday 8th September 2013 and we will be starting participants in small groups to minimise bunching on the course. Exact start times will be allocated based on ability order.

Is the event all closed roads?
Yes. It has been agreed with Wrexham & Denbighshire Councils that the roads will remain closed for all entrants achieving a minimum of 20km/h (13mph). Please refer to the question “Why is there a cut off speed?” for what will happen if riders do not achieve this average speed.

Please note that vehicle access will be allowed for all emergency services & for official event vehicles / motorbikes. If you hear or see an emergency vehicle approaching please move over to the left as quickly as it is safe to do so to allow it to pass.

Please remain aware of your surroundings at all times – you need to be responsible for your own safety and despite the closed road nature of the event be aware that public vehicles may access the route. Please exercise caution at all times, and especially on descents, bends and narrow roads where visibility may be limited.

Why is there a cut off speed?
In order to secure the support of local residents and businesses we must give them a commitment to re-open the roads to a schedule. As we have to open the roads as early as possible after the event you must adhere to a minimum average speed of 20km/hr, it is felt that this is a reasonable speed to allow for completing the course within a closed road environment. Please understand that for your safety and for the welfare of all involved in the event, if you fall behind the minimum average speed we reserve the right to either shorten your course by diverting you (if that is possible), or to collect you + your bike in the sweep vehicle and return you to the start/finish venue. In some circumstances/certain locations you may be able to complete the course under open road conditions having handed in your timing chip to the sweep vehicle – but this is in no way guaranteed. Participants that do so will be outside of the event support infrastructure. We appreciate your understanding with this.

Do I have to register for the event as well as enter online?
After entering for the event online, all participants MUST register for the 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 allocated prior to the event 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.

Registration times and locations will be announced on the website near to the event date.

Why do I have to register on Friday or Saturday?
We require all participants to register on the days prior to the event so we can confirm the person participating is the one who entered and that they receive all the information and equipment they need for the ride including the latest route conditions and regulations. It would unfeasible to register all participants on the morning prior to the ride so we believe it is safer, more manageable and more likely to produce a better event experience for participants if they are staying locally.

What do I need to bring with me on the day?
You will need to bring a suitable helmet (they are compulsory for the event) as well as your bike, spare inner tubes, a pump, food and drink for the ride and your ID to allow you to pick up your event pack at registration.

Where would I find toilet facilities?
There will be toilets at each feed station and at the start/finish venue.

Will there be anywhere I can leave my belongings during the ride?
There will be no facilities for storing bags or valuables at the event.

Where is the best place for my friends and family to watch the event?
We would suggest the best viewing point for spectators is the start/finish area at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse. If they want to be out on the route there are two places we would suggest:

1.    The Moors Inn on the A525 (20 minute drive from the venue). The road outside the Moors Inn is closed but there will be a crossing junction to allow cars to park in the car park. Just approach the Inn on the A525 from Wrexham to Llandegla. Please note the A525 from the opposite direction is closed for the event.

2.    The Horseshoe Pass is a great spot to be based (about a 25 minute drive from the venue). There are two pubs which provide good viewing points, The Abbey Grange and The Britannia Inn. Please note this section of the route will be closed from 7.30am – 10.45am for the event so spectators planning to drive there must plan accordingly.

How do I find out the results?
Each participant will receive a finish time (subject to proper use of the timing chip).

Results will be sent via text message service on the day of the event, if you provided us with your correct mobile number when you registered. They will also be available on the following day.

Will there be any event photos?
SportCam are the official photographers at the Etape Cymru and will be taking photographs of all competitors at various points along the route. Photographs will be available for purchase online at shortly after the event.

Can I ride a tandem?
Yes but both riders on the tandem need to enter the event individually online and the 13mph minimum average speed that riders need to achieve to stay within the closed road conditions still applies.

Can my friends volunteer to help out at the event?
We need lots of volunteers to help make this a great event. If any of your friends or family are interested in helping out on event day, please ask them to e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What medical provision will be available on the day?
Medical cover will be provided both at the start/finish and in static and roving vehicles on the route.

Whether or not you have a medical condition, if you feel unwell on the event day – we recommend that you do not cycle. If you see another participant who is experiencing difficulty and needs assistance please report it to the nearest event official (static marshal, motorcycle marshal or medical team).

Please give way to any emergency vehicles that require access to the route during the event. The organisers reserve the right to prevent participation on the day due to medical grounds.

Why is the price more than most sportives?
Nearly all sportives on the UK calendar are held on open roads and little prior permission is required. The Etape Cymru is held on closed road conditions, 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 rivaled by other open-road sportives.

We reserve the right to re-direct or close of sections of the route at any time. Reasons for this may include, but are not limited to, due to events outside of our control, in the event of severe weather, or for participants and/or others safety & wellbeing.

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