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ETAPE DU DALES

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Etapes Du Dales

Sunday 18th of May

A classic event taking in some of the iconic climbs in the Yorkshire Dales, the “Etapes Du Dales” was established well before Yorkshire was chosen to host the 2014 Tour de France.

With a height gain equivalent to a Tour mountain stage the Etape du Dales figures on most riders list of “must do rides”, even if only once! So, why not come and ride over some of the country’s most challenging terrain and experience some of the roads used in the 2014 Tour de France!

Covering 112 miles in the Yorkshire Dales the Etape du Dales sportive starts and finishes in Threshfield, near Grassington.

The Etape du Dales route is an extremely difficult 112 mile ride and requires an excellent level of fitness. It takes in the major climbs of the Yorkshire Dales and that means steep and technical descents as well. The course has good signage but you should be aware of the route and terrain. Please do not treat your entry lightly, remember to respect the challenge.

Make sure you have adequate clothing and your equipment is in perfect order, a bottom gear of 39 x 25-28 minimum is recommended and please be prepared for multiple punctures on such a ride. Safety is our priority and so tri-bars are not permitted and approved cycling helmets are compulsory for all participants, no helmet, no start.

If you’ve read this far, you will be well aware of the seriousness of the first challenge, that of completing this event. The second challenge is the one close to all our hearts at the Dave Rayner Fund – to raise funds to support the young aspiring riders who are the future of our sport. We are proud that we can do this and it is no coincidence that the riders the Fund has supported in the past are amongst today’s stars of the sport. To this end we challenge you to help us support more stars of the future by getting sponsorship for completing what is arguably one of the toughest sportives in the British calendar.

And the reward -

The two riders who raise the most money through sponsorship will receive 2 free tickets (each) for the Dave Rayner Fund Annual Dinner along with the opportunity to meet the star guests.

Any rider that raises over £500 will be given free entry to next year’s event

Any rider that raises over £250 will be given priority entry to next year’s event.

Entry Limit: 970

Certificates to be awarded; Gold inside 7 hours, Silver inside 8 hours, Bronze – all finishers

Email: etapedudales@daveraynerfund.co.uk

HQ – Registration

HQ/Start/Finish

Wharfedale Rugby Club

Wharfedale Ave

Threshfield

Grassington

North Yorkshire

BD23 5BS

MAPS/INFO

Note: The Ford after Low Row – TAKE GREAT CARE

The HQ will open at 6.00 a.m. There is ample car parking space, take care when driving down the avenue to the clubhouse, paying attention at all times to those volunteers directing the parking. Riders will be setting off. It is essential that you sign on and pick up your personal number and the integral timing chip. You will also be given a card with details of the route and telephone numbers. Please fill in the card with your personal details, including Blood Group and allergies if known. Changing rooms are available. Showers are available for you after the event.

Please ensure that you are familiar with the timing procedure. It is documented in full below. Riders will be allowed to start at 6.30am. Riders will start on first come basis, not in number order. Riders will be set off in groups of no more than 20 at 5 minute intervals. Last Group of riders should be started by 9.30am.

FEED STATION INFO

Hawes feed station is at 22.5 miles covered and has Water, drinks and bars, bananas and flapjack http://goo.gl/maps/C7vM3 This station will close at 1100

Tan Hill feed station is at 47 miles covered and has Water, drinks and bars, bananas, flapjack and sandwiches. http://goo.gl/maps/7Kia9 This station will close at 1300

Moorcock feed station is at 69 miles covered and has Water, drinks and bars, bananas, flapjack and sandwiches http://goo.gl/maps/yFWwy This station will close at 1445

Stainforth feed station is at 90.6 miles covered and has Water, drinks and bars, bananas and flapjack http://goo.gl/maps/f7HHe This station will close at 1730

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Important notice to all Etape riders: It is essential that all litter is carried onto check points or on with you to the finish. We’ve had complaints about riders dropping gel and energy bar packaging and this is so serious that it could affect the continued running of our event. Anyone seen dropping litter will be pulled from the event and entry refused for future events. Please don’t spoil this lovely countryside. Thanks for your understanding on this important issue.

Cheques for sponsorship or extra donations to be made payable to The Dave Rayner Fund and sent to Paul Cutler ,Dave Rayner Fund Treasurer, 335b Wakefield Road, Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, HD8 8RT.

EVENT SAFETY

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DECLARATION

I agree to participate in this event entirely at my own risk and understand that no liability shall attach to the organisers, the Dave Rayner Fund Committee or any officials, marshals and helpers of this event for any injury, loss or damage.

I will comply with the following:-

ROAD SAFETY

The major risk is that of accidents to riders and other road users, caused by riding or driving without due care and attention, a variety of road conditions, junctions and lack of awareness of the event by other road users. It is imperative that riders obey the ‘Highway Code’ at all times, and follow instructions given by marshals. The course is very technical and requires both a high level of fitness and skill ability.

  • Riders must wear a British Standard approved cycle helmet and take the necessary clothing to suit the conditions.
  • Riders must ride within their ability and must pay close attention to road conditions.
  • Riders will encounter a wide range of hazards on the course from freely roaming animal stock, a variety of tarmac conditions, loose surfaces from gravel to stones and mud, blind corners, slow farm vehicles etc.

Please ensure that your bike is also fit for purpose including tyres, brakes, steering system etc.

DANGER SPOTS

The route takes you through the Yorkshire Dales. There are some amazing climbs, but with potentially dangerous descents.

PLEASE TAKE CARE ON ALL DESCENTS

Specifically take care when crossing the Ford, at distance 57km / 35 miles.

It is very slippery and is recommended to ride through at walking pace keeping the cycle straight. If in doubt use the foot bridge.

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SAFETY

ROAD SAFETY

  • The major risk is that of accidents to riders and other road users, caused by riding or driving without due care and attention, a variety of road conditions, junctions and lack of awareness of the event by other road users. It is imperative that riders obey the ‘Highway Code’ at all times, and follow instructions given by marshals. The course is very technical and requires both a high level of fitness and skill ability.
  • Riders must ride within their ability and must pay close attention to road conditions.
  • Riders will encounter a wide range of hazards on the course from freely roaming animal stock, a variety of tarmac conditions, loose surfaces from gravel to stones and mud, blind corners, slow farm vehicles etc.
  • Please ensure that your bike is also fit for purpose including tyres, breaks, steering system etc. Riders must wear a British Standard approved cycle helmet and take the necessary clothing to suite the conditions.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Ambulances will be positioned at the bottom of major descents.
  • Full short wave radio communications round the course will by in place Thanks to Raynet.

DANGER SPOTS

  • The route takes you through the Yorkshire Dales. There are some amazing climbs, but with potentially dangerous descents.
  • PLEASE TAKE CARE ON ALL DESCENTS.
  • Specifically take care when crossing the Ford, at distance 57km / 35 miles.
  • It is very slippy and is recommended to ride through at walking pace keeping the cycle straight. If in doubt use the foot bridge.

Timing for this year requires that you ride over a matt at the timing points of the ride, please can you follow the signage and instruction ensuring you have ridden over the timing matt.

FEED/DRINK POINTS

  • There are cafes/ shops/ pubs at Buckden. Hawes, Muker, Gunnerside,Tan Hill
  • Nateby, Moorcock, Ribblehead, Horton in Ribblesdale, Stainforth.
  • There will be drink and food available at the start, along the route and at the finish. Meals/snacks will be available from 12.30 tp 6.30. A bar is also available.

Strictly no tri bars or TT bikes allowed