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Get Set for the Epic Snowdonia Etape Eryri 2017

by Holly Blades

Entries for the legendary Snowdonia Etape Eryri open at midday on Friday 28th October with 2016 offering a unique twist on the classic routes!

Taking place on Sunday 11th June, the cycle sportive will give riders old and new the chance to cycle the breathtaking Mawr, Canol and Bach routes in reverse order, creating new climbs and offering spectacular views over Snowdonia National Park.

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Each distance of the Snowdonia Etape Eryri offers a unique view of this beautiful part of the country. The Bach route takes in the Nant Gwynant valley from Pen y Pass leading to Beddgelert, while the Canol offers the 385 metres of ascent which makes up the Crimea Pass from Dolwyddelan to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Mawr will lead to the southern reaches of Snowdonia National Park, passing Llanrwst and Trawsfynydd before rejoining the Canol and heading North. 

All three routes start and finish in the shadow of Caernarfon Castle (a world heritage site) and feature the world famous Pen y Pass hill climb from Llanberis over to Pen y Gwryd.

For the brave cyclists who want to experience the adventure and challenge of all three routes, the Etape Eryri offers 'Europe's longest one day ultra-sportive', the Etape Xtrem! This incredible tour of Snowdonia features all three Mawr, Canol and Bach routes - that's 226 miles and over 4,000 metres of elevation in 18 hours! 

Few people have completed this truly amazing ultra-sportive which is up there with some of the greatest cycling challenges around.

To find out more about this bucket list cycle sportive, visit

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