Etape Caledonia organisers launch English closed roads sportive, Etape Pennines
Inaugural event takes place a year this weekend in County Durham but you'd better get your entry in quick.....

IMG, organisers of the Etape Caledonia and Etape Hibernia, have announced a new event in the North East of England, the Etape Pennines, which will see its inaugural edition a year this Sunday, on 7 October 2012. The closed-road event will see riders tackle a course of 78 miles in County Durham, with full route details still to be announced.

One thing that will be guaranteed though, is plenty of climbing, with the North Pennines featuring some tough ascents as well as Killhope Cross in the Wear Valley, which at 2,056 feet is England’s highest classified road.

Online entries are already open, however, and given the success of the Etape Caledonia are likely to sell out very quickly, despite the lack of detailed informatio.

So if you want to take part in the debut edition of what is likely to become a regular fixture on the calendar, you’d better be quick - despite the lack of detailed information currently available,

The entry fee is £61, and like the Etape Caledonia the event will raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.

With the women-only Cycletta series, launched earlier this year, losing its fully closed roads status after discussions with relevant police and councils due to the relatively low numbers of riders who entered, Etape Pennines is likely to be England’s only sportive on fully closed roads next year.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


arrieredupeleton [574 posts] 4 years ago

It's been known to snow in Weardale in June, never mind October! Having ridden Caledonia, I am sure this'll be a far stiffer test but just as beautiful.

joemmo [1132 posts] 4 years ago

yes no coincidence that Weardale has 3 ski slopes. Some great terrain but there are plenty of quiet roads in the area so it seems like overkill to run a closed road event. I'm tempted but its a bit pricy

issacforce [209 posts] 4 years ago

the roads are quiet in the area,but wot about the money it will bring into the region, as for the price i just paid £34 to do the belach mor on open roads(yes they were quiet but open, and many sportives are over £30 anyway, so i think £61 for a closed road event is reasonable and if it gets as big as the caledonia it will be a great event, and i live in durham,ride those areas, but am willing to pay the price for closed roads, (oh already booked up for it, and the etape caledonia  1