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Wattbike and Etape Cymru Join Forces

by Henry Peacock

Wattbike, the ultimate training tool for amateur and elite cyclists, have joined forces with the Etape Cymru closed road cyclosportive to offer participants top training tips and plans ahead of the event on Sunday 9th September 2012.

No closed-road sportive challenges a rider quite like the Etape Cyrmu, so Wattbike has partnered with the organisers of the event to help riders get to the start line in fantastic condition and make the most of their training time. Wattbike aims to provide cyclists with the best possible cycling experience and in partnering with Etape Cyrmu has linked with an event with matching ambitions.

The Tough Welsh Roads

Training on a Wattbike using power, heart rate and cadence measurements enables the rider to train at exactly the right intensity for optimal improvement. Combined with the Wattbike's unique pedal technique analysis, unrivalled level of accuracy and the feel of riding a real bike, the sportive rider has the ultimate training tool to meet the challenge of the UK's toughest closed road sportive.

The 92-mile Etape Cymru, which has received some major modifications from the 2011 edition, will start from Bangor-on-Dee racecourse, situated a few miles southeast of Wrexham. Set amongst beautiful countryside, the start point is overlooked by the hills that participants will later be climbing, providing a perfect opportunity to assess the challenge ahead and soak up the pre-event atmosphere.
Wattbike is also providing the official Etape Cyrmu Training Plan combined with a 10% discount on the purchase of a Wattbike for all participants.

Specific Training can be Targeted

Their training plans will help prepare for the challenging route. It will pass by the villages of Llangollen, Carrog, and Minera, and takes in climbs of many of the tough hills in the Clwydian range, including Panorama and The Shelf. The exposed climb up World's End towards the end of the course will provide cyclists with fantastic views of the Welsh scenery whilst they tackle the stretch home. Much of the Etape Cymru is held in the Clwydian & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ian Wilson, Managing Director of Wattbike said: "Partnering with the Etape Cyrmu is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the Wattbike to some of the most committed sportive riders in the UK. Training on a Wattbike is without doubt the most effective way to prepare for a challenging sportive.  Etape Cyrmu riders have the ultimate sportive training tools in the Wattbike and our bespoke Training Plan for this great closed road event."

More information on the Etape Cymru route can be found on:

The event will cost £55 and entries are now open.