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...

by Simon_MacMichael   October 4, 2011  

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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.

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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.


posted by arrieredupeleton [585 posts]
4th October 2011 - 12:04


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

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posted by joemmo [1034 posts]
4th October 2011 - 22:37


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 Smile

posted by issacforce [210 posts]
6th October 2011 - 3:06