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Wiggle Etape Cymru

14/09/2014 - Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse - Sportive

Rating: 91.3% based on 5 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 96.5% based on 46 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

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.

Rated Event: 100.000%

edamesbury wrote:

A professionally organised event on a great course - even the sun shone!

Rated Event: 97.778%

andrewjarvis wrote:

My first sportive and I know that it is going to be hard to beat. The whole event from start to finish was a great expereince and I've recommended it to my friends for next year. I'll give full marks next year if there are more catering options - the massage this year was great value and very welcome!

Rated Event: 100.000%

StuartBurbidge wrote:

Stunning route and fantastic day!! Feed stops were excellent, welsh rabbit was amazingly welcome in the face of far to much sugar based snacks! The support from the locals was one of the best things about the day, stunned to get that many cheers as we all went through. One to be proud of!!

Rated Event: 100.000%

NatalieCooper wrote:

It was a great course, challenging with beautiful scenery. All of the event team, marshalls, food stations etc were brilliant. I was amazed at how many local people came out to support everyone, they were fantastic!

Rated Event: 98.889%

StephenDymock wrote:

Excellent ride. I was most impress by the support of all the locals cheering on the side of the road especially as their roads had been closed for out benefit, also a huge thanks to all the marshals for doing a great job. Only minor criticism I'd have is on some of the fast sections a bit of warning of the sharpest bends would have been useful.

Rated Event: 100.000%

aneurinrowlands wrote:

Didn't know what to expect as I have never done a sportive before, bought my first road bike in April, seen this event thought it was something to aim for, plus raise money for charity. This has given me the cycling bug, found it hard but got through it. Hope they don't change the course to much for next year, as I want to beat my time that wasn't really good enough. found the climbs the shelf and worlds end hard going. With all the attention being on the horseshoe pass I thought the worsed was behind me, my was I wrong. Going to do more mountain training for next year. People where friendly, great food stations and the marshals where excellent. Be back next year

Rated Event: 97.778%


gave this a second chance after riding the 2011 attempt. The new management have brought this sportive right up there with the best. Top event, great route and faultless support from the marshals and staff. As must for the calendar.

Rated Event: 96.667%

Mark Hampson wrote:

Fantastic day well organised route loved it thank you

Rated Event: 100.000%

seannoble wrote:

What an absoloute change around from last year, 100% more professional. Start off was superb instead of the mass start last year, marshalls very friendly and helpful, signage clear and well laid out and plenty of food and drinks at the feed stations which is a massive improvement.
The route changed from last year, with the ommision of Garth hill, the Horseshoe Pass earlier on in the course and Worlds End the opposite direction.
Being closed roads which were very well enforced (although a couple of cars got through but were caught by motorbike outriders) made for confident fast descents which made up for the Brutal climbs.
I was a little slower (7.45) than last years (7.20) event but I put that down to not doing nearly half as much training for this years event.
I will be back next year aiming for a sub 7hr, so think I best get myself on the hills a lot more!!!

Rated Event: 97.778%

EmmaHewitt wrote:

It was an excellent event, very well marshalled with plenty of food stops. The reason for my 8 scoring above is that some of the food stops had limited food on offer towards the end. Plus you don't always want sweet stuff during an event! And if you don't eat bananas, there was no other choice at one of the stops. Although I appreciate it is up to the rider to feed themselves, rather than rely on the stops. 6 food stops is necessary on this event!

The locals seemed to embrace the event, which was brilliant, particularly when you were digging deep at points! There were plenty of marshalls, who were all pretty cheery!

The Dragon Ride had a Mavic support motorbike out on the route to help any riders who had difficulties with tyres, wheels etc. which may be an idea for next year to help all riders complete the course if they find themselves in difficulty.

Rated Event: 100.000%

ChrisHesketh wrote:

Very efficient and friendly organisation. Closed roads were very well managed.
Rest stops were fun, friendly and helpful. Scenery amazing. I was staggered by the number of locals who turned out to cheers the cyclists on.
Full marks all round well deserved.

Rated Event: 97.778%

robgriffith wrote:

Excellent. I'm a coffee addict and a decent brew at the start would have been good but that's nit picking.
I'm very local so registering the day before no problem, for some that might have been a faf, other than brilliant.

Rated Event: 100.000%

ChrisHall wrote:

What a contrast to last year! Truly superbly organised and marshalled. Great climbs, awesome fast hair raising decents on closed roads. The friendly cheering locals was great to keep you pushing and the route had just the right amount of alltitude to keep the average speed up.
Cant wait for next years.

Rated Event: 93.333%

IanMurdey wrote:

A thoroughly enjoyable event although signing on at the mountain bike centre on Saturday was a bit of a pain. The closed roads were excellent for the most part although I did see maybe four or five cars on the course. I would love to have bought a souvenir cycle top but £65 is a bit steep after the costs to enter, petrol and a hotel etc. The marshals were brilliant and the route was very well signposted. I wil be back next year. The start and finish at the racecourse was easy to get in and out and was a good choice.

Rated Event: 100.000%

Herbie wrote:

Best British Sportive I've ridden - and I've ridden a lot. The region of the Clwydian Hills, the organisation, the start area logistics, the feeds, the route, the entire event was flawless!

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