UK Etape route/inscriptions announced

I’m very much up for this, so I’ll be using every wile I can to get a place. There’s a huge number from my club who are also up for it and there’s talk of trying to get a club entry. Here’s some of the key details about the event on Sunday 1st July 2007:

Entries open on 1st March and 5000 riders will have the opportunity to complete the 117mile (187km) route, tracing much of the same route as stage 1 of the 2007 Tour de France.

Jonny Clay, Competition and Events Manager of British Cycling commented: “We are delighted to offer the rare opportunity to ride such an iconic route. It has a mix of climbs, rolling countryside and flat terrain that will appeal to all levels of cyclist. The route is stunning and passes major landmarks, castles, villages and towns along the way.”

“There will be transponder chip timing and four feed stations along the fully waymarked and marshalled route. Riders will be able to experience what it’s like to take part in a major tour event, without having to go abroad or get back on their bikes the following morning!”

Sports Tours International will be the Exclusive Sports Travel Partner of the event, offering packages including entries from 1st March. It is anticipated that interest from overseas riders will be high, and Sports Tours will be able to offer tailored accommodation and entry packages through their dedicated sports travel web site.

– Entries will go live on at 12pm on 1st March.

– Alternatively call Pennine Events on 01695 682020 from the 1st March.

– Entries cost £40 including a £2 voluntary donation to the Geoff Thomas Foundation.

– Transport back to the start is available at a cost of £12.

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