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Etape Eryri

15/06/2014 - Snowdonia, Caernarfon - Sportive

Rating: 88.9% based on 2 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 95.6% based on 2 reviews

Talking about the Etape Eryri, Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Team Principal said  "Anybody who's thinking about doing any event should come down here and do this one - it's going to be fantastic"

 Welcome to the Etape Eryri 2014 - The Snowdonia Cycle Sportive, powered by Chain Reaction Cycles.

Entries for the Etape Eryri 2014 are now open, simply go to the website -  Entry numbers will be stricly limited so that the quality of this unique event is not compromised in any way.

If you are not sure and need convincing that this is a must for your 2014 calendar then check out this incredible video of the 2012 event.  You won't be dissapointed!

The Etape Eryri was new for 2012, and in 2013 the feedback has been so fantastic, that it will most definitely be back in 2014.  Exploring the most breathtaking and scenic roads in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.  The Etape Eryri will blow your mind as well as your legs!

Organised by local cycling enthusiasts and award winning professional event organisers, the event will be one not to miss!  The route could not be more spectacular, with three distance options on offer.

  • Etape Bach 47 - is the shortest route at 47 miles.  But don't be deceived, this will be among the most gorgeous and challenging 47 miles you will ever ride.
  • Etape Canol  76 - comes in at 76 miles with some mega climbs to get your legs and your lungs burning.  Equally as beautiful but a little bit tougher than the bach.
  • Etape Mawr 103 - is the biggie!  A monster 103 miles of awesome tarmac on climbs you never believed you could ride!  Are you tough enough to take on the Etape Mawr?

We are making every effort to offer you a great value event, consequently the Etape Eryri entry fees will be kept as reasonable as we can make them.  Your entry fee will include electronic chip timing, numerous feed stations on route, refreshments at the finish, loads of awesome spot prizes and a fantastic event goody bag for all participants.  As well as this there will be masses to see and do in order to keep spectators entertained while the ride is taking place.  This will include some brilliant live music on the Castle Square in Caernarfon, we will have the amazing Addo mtb display team and kids entertainment too.  This really will be a cycling festival to remember and we look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of the World.

There is limited Saturday night camping at Caernarfon Rugby Club with ample toilet and shower facilities.  You will also be welcome to join us for a pre ride 'pasta party' at the rugby club from 6pm on Saturday, this must also be pre booked when you enter the event.

padding-left: 15px; float: rightAll routes will start and finish at the incredible and iconic Caernarfon Castle.  The castle square will become a mecca to cyclists for one Sunday in June.  We have planned the courses very carefully so that whichever one you choose, you won't ride the same stretch of tarmac twice! For more detailed route information click on the event info page. 

We are very proud to be working with our friends at Chain Reaction Cycles, and with all of the communities along the ride route.  Thanks guys for helping us make this a Sportive to remember!

The three routes will all start and finish in the same location at Castle Square, Caernarfon.  All routes will depart the square along St Helen's Road and follow the Foryd to Saron.  Riders will then join the main A487 and follow the old road to Groeslon and Penygroes.  At Penygroes the route will turn left and follow the Nantlle valley and over Drws y Coed Hill Climb Time Trial to Rhyd Ddu.  A right turn will take riders to Beddgelert, where the Etape Bach route will turn left and climb Nant Gwynant to Pen y Gwryd, turn, over the Llanberis Pass and descent to Llanrug.  A final 'sting in the tail' will take you over Ceunant to Waunfawr, descend to Caeathro, turn left to Bontnewydd and return to Caernarfon.  You will finish by cycling back along St Helen's Road and enjoy circumnavigating the castle on your way back to the finish line on the castle square.

Etape Canol and Mawr riders will turn right in Beddgelert and proceed along the Aberglaslyn valley, turn left over the Aberglaslyn bridge and follow the road to Llanfrothen.  A left turn in Llanfrothen will take riders up 'the wall' to Rhyd and descend to Maentwrog.

At Maentwrog riders will turn left and follow the road to Ffestiniog, at this point the Etape Canol riders will go left to Blaenau Ffestiniog and over the Crimear Pass to Dolwyddelan and Betws y Coed.  From here to Capel Curig, Pen y Gwryd and over the Llanberis Pass following the same route as the 'Bach 47' to the finish in Caernarfon.

Etape Mawr riders will turn right in Ffestiniog and follow the A470 to Trawsfynydd.  A left turn in Trawsfynydd onto the A4212 follows a gorgeous valley to Arenig where you will turn left and follow the lovely B4391 and B4407 to Ysbyty Ifan.  A right turn here will lead directly to Pentrefoelas.  Cross the A5 and follow the beautifully scenic B5113 and B5427 all the way to Llanrwst.  Cross the valley and turn left at Gwydir Castle which leads you to Betws y Coed where you will pick up the same route as the 'Etape Canol 76' all the way back to the finish at Caernarfon Castle.

The approximate amount of climb for each route (according to map my ride data) is 1650 metres for the Etape Mawr, 1250 metres for the Etape Canol and 730 metres for the Etape Bach.

Hill Climb Time Trial - this will be your opportunity to test yourself against all other Etape Eryri riders.  The 'Drws y Coed' pass at the head of the Nantlle Valley (approx 16 miles into the ride) will be on your route whichever distance you choose.  The location of the hill climb start and finish will be very clearly indicated.

All three route options for the Etape Eryri will be absolutely stunning road rides but will also be extremely challenging.

Caernarfon Castle is a World Heritage Site, this is possibly the most impressive start and finish location for any sporting event.  Postcode for the event start is LL55 2AY.

The event centre and HQ is at the Caernarfon Rugby Club (postcode LL55 2UR).  We are providing camping and a pasta party at the rugby club on Saturday night (spaces are limited so please book early), there is ample free parking here and a great bar where you can chat and share stories with other sportive riders.

Car Parking - in addition to the rugby club, there are loads of pay and display car parks in the town within a very short distance of the Castle Square.

Accomodation - We would recommend the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis as your first choice for acommodation in Snowdonia.  

In addition, there are numerous hotels, B&B's, youth hostels, caravan parks and campsites in the locality.  There's lots of information on the Visit Caernarfon website and the Visit Wales website.  Alternatively, the Caernarfon Tourist Information Centre should be able to find exactly what you are looking for.

Try Dioni Self Catering Cottages too.

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Caernarfon Rugby Club
Address Line 2 Y Morfa
Town Caernarfon
County Gwynedd
Postcode LL55 2UR
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

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