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Wiggle Etape Cymru

08/09/2013 - Wrexham - Sportive

Rating: 93.2% based on 9 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 97.3% based on 37 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 96.667%


Fantastic event absolutely brilliant. Already looking forward to next week.

Rated Event: 95.556%

MarkD wrote:

My 1st sportive, and what an introduction. It's on my doorstep so it was a no brainer to enter. I will certainly be back again on the closed roads, what a great experience. This event showcases cycling, the charities, the area and GB in general as a 1st class sporting and activities venue. Long may it continue.

Rated Event: 97.778%

Herbie wrote:

In its third year, and my third ride - so it must be doing something right. In fact a ride that had potential in year one and is now definitely one of the best on the calendar. Absolutely beautiful area that has been little visited before. Well run, and the HQ at Bangor-is-y-coed race course works really well - great to be able to get some food and a beer, a massage, and just somewhere to reflect on the event.

Rated Event: 100.000%

RichardBaxter wrote:

This was an absolutely outstanding event and the professionalism and friendliness of all involved was second to none. Definitely be back next year - will go for a time rather than just to finish !!!

Rated Event: 96.667%

PaulPaton wrote:

Amazing Days Riding in stunning Welsh Hills topped by riding on closed roads. Can't wait for next year.

Rated Event: 66.667%

bob wrote:

What a crap route. Single lane roads / tracks with poor surface, loads of gravel, and low visibility so really dangerous for descending, I had to do emergency stops for sheep and crashed cyclists, or cyclists that had no idea how to descend.

I've never seen a sportif with so many cyclists stopped for punctures, another testament to the poor route choice.

And having to waste half a day to pick up the timing chip the day before was very annoying. Why couldn't you post it out like nearly every other sportif?


Rated Event: 86.667%

MarkWhitmore wrote:

Fantastic event, well organised, great route. My 2nd time and will be back next year.
Parking and toilets were minor 'niggles' in the scheme of things.

Rated Event: 98.889%


Absolutely superb day's riding on closed roads, which where marshaled extremely well, will certainly return.

Rated Event: 100.000%


One of the best run sportives around. The route is fantastic and the closed roads make it something special.

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 96.667%

MattCope wrote:

by far the best sportif that i have had the pleasure opf riding
not only was the parcours superb, but the roads were excellently marshalled by the volunteers and other staff, and i felt exceptionally safe throughout the entire closed course.
the feed stops were also excellently managed and stocked and registration was a breeze.
back next year fa sure!

Rated Event: 85.556%

HelenNicholls wrote:

Brilliant event. Really well organised. Nice support at feed stations - very friendly. particuarly liked random portaloos on course - as a lady rider not as easy to stop and pee at side of road like blokes do so a few portaloos on the way and not just at feed stations (which are full of smelly men!) are much appreciated.

Other comment would be to expand on horseshoe pass challenge idea i.e. top age group times across male/female. Top teams of 5 inc 1 women etc etc to get people really competing up climbs as unless you know your in top few men/women you dont really bother but if their were more disciplines it would make it great fun!

No pasta at end of race :(

Thanks for a great event and the lovely supportive marshalls

Bringing all my friends to do next year.

Rated Event: 96.667%

GarethJames wrote:

An outstanding ride taking in some beautiful scenery and some excellent climbs to get the heart rate going! A big success and I'm already looking forward to Etape Cymru 2013. If your considering taking part then don't hesitate just do it for the experience of a closed road event.

Rated Event: 87.778%

SimonHogg wrote:

Don't see need to drive miles to collect an envelope with the number in and the climbing was much less than advertised. Closed roads were excellent although the roads were quite poor in places on the way out and back. On the whole very good. I went from definately not doing again to quite possibly doing again.

Rated Event: 92.222%

Craignicol wrote:

a big thanks need to go out to the volenteers and the locals for getting behind the event and being a massive support on the day, thanks for having us Wales!
excelleent event definately riding again next year.

Very dissapointed about the cycling top, rip off at £65.00 not bigger sizes than large and zipfit selling tops in the car park much better quality for £23.00

I went to the tour of britain the next day their top £40.00 Take note. to compete this weekend cost me over £250.00, so pls post out your packs i drove for 4 hrs and had to stay over night to pick it up.!

Rated Event: 97.778%

Sean.Lacey wrote:

As per our review, the event it should have been last year. Cracking, and can only get better!

Rated Event: 98.889%

PeterJones wrote:

As a local I ride these roads weekly, but to ride the route
on closed roads gave a whole new feeling to the quality of the
event. I'll just have to remember to stop at the junctions next
Well done to all involved.

Rated Event: 96.667%


Fabulous event. stunning area, great course, excellent crowds - couldn;t really be much better. Wil definitly be back next year.

Rated Event: 96.667%

Hipster wrote:

A well organised event with great support all round helped out with registration problem At the last moment. Defiantly try another sportive arranged by these guys.

Rated Event: 97.778%

MarkWhitmore wrote:

First time riding a sportive for me and its going to take some beating! I live locally and had checked the route out in advance and knew its was hard but good. On the day however the perfect weather just made it stunning.
The organization behind the race was so good that I felt like I was taking part in something really special. Marshalls, outriders, enthusiastic spectators, well stocked feed stations and the buzz of racing on closed roads for the first time made this the highlight of my cycling year!
I will be entering as many closed road events as adder available next year but think they will all have their work cut out to match up to Etape Cymru 2012. A big thanks to all involved

Rated Event: 95.556%

RobMcGregor wrote:

What a difference a year makes! This year's event superb from start to finish. From the friendly and efficient marshals, the fantastic scenery to take your mind off the climbs, and the best food stops on any event. Special thanks to the bacon butty and the Welsh rarebit food stop crews. I burned 3200cals,but may have eaten more than that on route.
The only downsides for me were a two hour round trip to collect a number, and the long toilet queue at 6.30am. Despite that, the venue was a massive improvement on last year.. Really good, friendly atmosphere.
Overall, a great day. Thanks to everyone involved. Hope to be back next year.

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