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Etape Pennines

07/10/2012 - Durham - Sportive

Rating: 85.6% based on 10 reviews - Rate this Event Now

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 70.0%


Generally well organised but feed stations very poorly equipped it would be handy to have some basic spares and equipment like a foot pump at each of the feed stations you can only put so much air in a tyre

Rated Event: 81.1%

AndrewRobertson wrote:

Loved it, but I had friends doing their first sportive and they were disillusioned and won't come again. It's a charity ride at the end of the day, and should be enjoyable and challenging but NOT crucifying. It's unlikely we'll match the weather again, and I would have significant safety reservations if adverse.
Fantastic organisation though, and great volunteers. Doesn't have the atmosphere of, say, the etape Caledonia.

Rated Event: 93.3%

PeterNewbould wrote:

Excellent organisation, the marshalling on the route was brilliant.
The scenery on the route was breqathtaking.

Rated Event: 85.6%

MartinCockerham wrote:

Very tough course. I found it very difficult - had a bad cold, lots of 'steep' hills, maybe didn't train enough and being 58?

Rated Event: 93.3%


i must agree they got the amount of climbing totally wrong advertised as 1500metres but my garmin told me different it told me just over 2500metres. i must agree parking was a pain for people, but not me as im a local and rode the 5 mile to the start. i was trying to tell people it was a lot harder than the calie, as i knew the hills well, but even i dont do them all in one go, (apart from yesterday), had no problems with feed stations, or anything really. we were very lucky to have lovely weather or it would have been carnage in middle part of ride. just like to say a big thank you to all the marshalss and cadets and well everybody involved. was v happy with 5h 28 mins

Rated Event: 90.0%

NeilBrown wrote:

Brilliant event. Extremely challenging but equally rewarding. One bad thing was that it was advertised as 5400ft of climbing but actual climbing was closer to 8300ft which is a massive difference. I really enjoyed it but a lot of people struggled and maybe would have done more training if they knew how difficult it would be.

Rated Event: 96.7%

MarkLansdown wrote:

Sure to be a sell out again next year after the success of this years event. Congratulations to the organizers - job well done.

Rated Event: 97.8%

MartinGiles wrote:

The overall sportive was brilliant, aided by perfect weather I must admit. However if it had been overcast I still would have been impressed.

I dont know where the "feed stations were a shambles" came from as I found them brilliant. Well stocked, well manned, well organised. Easy to find and get what you wanted.

The course on the day was very well signposted, and the majority of junctions were marshalled so no worries at all. My only issue was the signage on the reg day were a little sparse in some areas.

The day was brilliant and I really enjoyed it.

Rated Event: 48.9%

Disgruntled1 wrote:

Should have been fantastic....
Firstly, the good.... the course, the weather, the people.
However, the bad.... the feedstations were a shambles, £5 for parking in a field after a monster entry fee?, no food at the finish?
As I said, it should have been great but let down by some poor points.
Won't be doing this next year.

Rated Event: 98.9%

tyhsia wrote:

People, put this Etape Pennines on your to do list for next year. This closed road tour around the Pennines near Durham was an epic! I've done more sportives than I can count this year, and this was a highlight (even more so than La Marmotte, and definitely better than Dragon Ride). There were some serious, killer climbs (>20% in some, and long drags a la Alps/Dragon ride in others). I don't know what this '5' for difficulty by Cyclosport comes from, but trust me, it was HARD. The descents were unbelievable--better than the Alps--less technical and with closed road, much more reassuring. I hit 54 mph at one point, and I'm sure others were even faster. Great organization, and wonderful spectators all along the route. And the scenery--pure wonder. I'm sure the great weather we had helped the experience, but nonetheless, it was simply brilliant. Start was delayed by ~ 15min. but that's about all the complaint. For an inaugural event, well done Marie Curie and IMG!

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