As well as the 103-mile Etape Mawr route, taking in some of the toughest and most scenic roads in the area, there's the shorter 76-mile Etape Canol and the 47-mile Etape Bach. You'll be in fine company too as Team Sky riders Chris Sutton and Michael Barry have already been confirmed for the longer route. How many other sportives offer you the chance to ride alongside such esteemed pros?
Etape Eryri Festival
We can now reveal details of the post-sportive festival which will be held on the afternoon of 17th June as riders finish in the square at Caernarfon against the stunning backdrop of the castle. Sportive organisers Always Aim High Events have really gone to town and added loads of extras to do, to see and to enjoy.
There'll be a live music band stage, live event commentary, great food and drink and just added to the bill are the Addo mountain bike display team, an amazing stunt team who will add to this free festival atmosphere, keeping family and friends of the riders entertained whilst waiting for their loved ones to cross the finish line and add a party-fuelled atmosphere to the day.
Chain Reaction Cycles will be there with all the rider needs and last minute must haves, plus a few very special bikes for you to fawn over. Oh, and those tired legs will not be so bad in the coming week, because massage, pre- and post-ride, will be available by donation.
Buy your entry now at etapeeryri.com and please feel free to bring your family and friends and make a weekend of it. This year's event will surely go down in folklore, and if you ride it you will be able to say in years to come: "I did that in its first year and here's the T-shirt to prove it."
In preparation for the Etape Eryri, or indeed any other sportive event, Gatorade have put together a really useful guide on planning your nutrional strategy. It's your day-to-day nutrition that supports your training and will ultimately improve your performance on race day.
There are a number of factors that can affect your race-day nutritional strategy:
• If you travel to a race the day before:
– Is your accommodation self-catering?
– If not, what are the food options?
• How many feed stations are there?
• How much will you take on the bike?
• What brands of drinks, gels and energy bars are available?
• What will the range of temperatures be?
Click here to download the PDF.