The Wiggle Etape Cymru closed road cycling race is returning to North East Wales, with Denbighshire and Wrexham Councils working closely with event organisers Human Race to deliver a successful event in the cycling calendar.
This is the fourth year for this award-winning race to take to the region's roads and the 85 mile route takes in the stunning scenery of Wrexham county and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The event will take place on Sunday, 14 September and will be a closed road event. The route is broadly the same as the 2013 event, however some changes have been made this year to reduce the impact on certain areas, these changes mean that there will now be people affected who were not last year as they were not previously on the route.
The event starts (and finishes) at the Bangor on Dee Racecourse before heading through or near Eyton, Crabtree Green, Ruabon, Acrefair, Llangollen, Horseshoe Pass, Bryneglwys, Carrog, Pentre-Celyn, Graigfechan, Llanarmon yn Iâl before heading back into Wrexham county and through/near Minera, Penycae Rhosllanerchrugog, Marchwiel, and Cross Lanes.
The official map can be found on the residents tab at: www.humanrace.co.uk/events/cycling/etape-cymru, together with times and other useful information. The answers to various FAQ’s can also be found here.
The majority of the region's A roads will remain open. However, there will be traffic management along any stretches of the route which crosses any 'A' roads.
Councillor Huw Jones, Denbighshire's Cabinet Lead Member for Leisure, said: "This event is fast earning a reputation as a prestigious event in the cycling calendar, with increasing number of participants making their way to North East Wales to compete in the race.
"We have some of the most breath-taking scenery as a backdrop and some great hills to provide a great challenge to the cyclists. This is a great opportunity for cyclists, as well as supporters to take advantage of the race to explore North East Wales and see what's on offer."
This year the event will also welcome ex Welsh rugby captain and legend Gareth Thomas on board as the ambassador for the ride. Gareth will be riding to support one of the official charities of the event, Macmillan Cancer Support. Many riders will also be supporting the local charity Nightingale House Hospice, who will also be benefiting through providing a number of paid for volunteers to support the running of the event and cheer on the thousands of cyclists.
If you’d like to join Gareth, along with hundreds of other Wrexham and Denbighshire residents who are set to take part on Sunday 14 September, then please sign up at www.humanrace.co.uk/events/cycling/etape-cymru.
Anyone with any specific enquiries should contact Human Race by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call their Customer Services Team on 0208 391 3913 (Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm)