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Final Chance to Enter Sold-out Wiggle Dragon Ride as Wiggle Etape Cymru Route is Revealed

by Nick Gregory

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Event organisers, Human Race have revealed the new and improved route for the 2014 Wiggle Etape Cymru. To mark the occasion, there will be a unique opportunity for cyclists to avail of a limited Welsh sportive bundle offer, as 50 places in the sold-out Wiggle Dragon Ride are available to purchase alongside Wiggle Etape Cymru entry. The places will be available from 9pm this evening (Thursday, 22 May) and are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Human Race website. 

The Wiggle Dragon Ride, which takes place on Sunday 8 June in South Wales, is a highlight of many cyclist's calendars - with the event traditionally selling out in less than a day. Sister sportive, the Wiggle Etape Cymru, which takes place on Sunday 14 September is one of the toughest closed road sportives in the UK. The 85 mile lung-busting Etape route incorporates some of The UK's most challenging climbs and spectacular views. 

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With 2374m of climbing ahead of them, riders will set off from the Bangor-on-Dee racecourse just outside of the town of Wrexham, before passing through Bangor-on-Dee village and heading west to the stunning Panorama Walk. Here participants gain fantastic views of the Vale of Llangollen and the ruins of the medieval Castell Dinas Bran. This spectacular section of the route continues into Denbighshire, before riders reach the foot of the first of three infamous climbs on the course: the Horseshoe Pass. 

Coming 26km into the event, it is a 6.1km climb that reaches gradients of 20% and ascends 317m. The climb will also play host to the timed 'King of the Mountains' stage. Former Wales and British & Irish Lions rugby legend, Gareth Thomas has already set a time of 24min 19secs on the climb to give riders a target to aim at. 

After reaching the top of the Horseshoe Pass and taking in some of the spectacular views at the summit, riders then wind down through the rural roads of the Dee Valley towards Carrog, before turning north and crossing the Nant-y-Garth Pass towards Graigfechan. It is then that riders encounter the second of the three notorious climbs: The Shelf, which coming approximately 75km in, will be tough on tired legs. 

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Following The Shelf the route differs to last year in that riders turn north towards the village of Llanarmon-yn-lal, before heading south towards Minera. It is here that the final big climb is reached - a last obstacle before heading home: the climb towards World's End. Here participants will reach the highest point of the route at 430 metres before heading back along Panorama Walk. Heading back into the county of Wrexham, the route flows past Ty Mawr Reservoir and back to the finish line at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse. 

Many riders will be tackling the Wiggle Etape Cymru in support of official charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. Amongst those riding for the charity is the Etape's official ambassador, Gareth Thomas, who said: "Macmillan is a charity that is very close to my heart. The work they do to help those affected by cancer is unbelievable, and I will wear their jersey with pride at the event in September". 

For more information and to avail of the bundle offer visit: www.humanrace.co.uk/events/cycling/etape-cymru