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Thousands welcomed to North Wales as the Etape Eryri storms into its fourth year

The Etape Eryri stormed into its fourth year this weekend (Sunday 21st June). The Always Aim High Events’ sportive welcomed cyclists from across the UK and beyond as they took to the roads of Snowdonia to tackle one of the 226, 103, 76 or 47-mile routes. The historic Castle Square in Caernarfon was transformed into a festival of entertainment for the day.

Newly introduced for the 2015, the sold-out Chain Reaction Cycles Etape Xtrem went down as an emphatic success. Billed as Europe’s longest and the UK’s toughest one-day cyclosportive the Xtrem saw over 200 cyclists register for an opportunity to cycle 226 epic miles of Snowdonia National Park road! Of the 200+ cyclists who registered 78 managed to conquer the Etape Xtrem!

It was a great sight at the Maes (event village) as five cyclists crossed the finish line simultaneously to become the first cyclists ever to complete the epic sportive was. Their average speed over 226miles was an awe-inspiring 16.85MPH.

Former national road cycling champion Gareth McGuinness recorded the quickest time around the 103 miles Mawr route with a sub five hour time – an immense effort!


Always Aim High’s Rob Samuel was humbled by the post-event comments from all riders and visitors to the event, stating:

“The feedback we’ve already received from the cyclists who took part, supporters and the local people has been incredible. Additionally, the fantastic weather has been a real bonus today. The scenery is simply stunning and the amount of climbs certainly challenged all standards of rider. From the feedback we’ve received it’s obvious that people have been left with a sense of inspiration from the Snowdonia landscapes and of course, cycling.


“We were also really pleased with the Etape Teulu – family ride, where over 150 family cyclists took part. From a community perspective, we are extremely proud of what the sportive contributes to the local area, not only economically but also during event day. The Maes is an awesome venue for entertainment, music and local food stalls. The welcome the cyclists and supporters have received from everyone in Caernarfon today has been brilliant.

“Special thanks go to our partners Chain Reaction Cycles, High5, Superfeet, Full of Beans, Jones o Gymru, Morrisions, Rocktape, Pentraeth Group, Kon-X and Gwynedd County Council for their support in organising this event.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone involved in the event, from the feed station marshals, volunteers, the Always Aim High set-up staff and everyone else who make this event one of the best in the whole of the UK.”


Full Etape Bach, Canol, Mawr and Xtrem results can be found via the TDL Event Services site.

Further info on the Etape Eryri and all other events organised by Always Aim High Events can be found at www.alwaysaimhighevents.com.

Top times:

Xtrem – Male (All 13:31:13)
· Graeme Watson
· Jonathan Gould
· Phil Donnelly
· James Smee
· Kevin Potter

Xtrem Female: Penny Barker (17:49:47)
Etape Eryri Mawr – Male: Gareth McGuinness (4:59:54)
Etape Eryri Mawr – Female : Stephanie Clayton (5:47:02)


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