Thinking about riding the Etape du Dales? Well YOU CAN! It's well within the reach of any fit and determined rider. BUT, you'll need to put in some hard work and prepare properly - don't underestimate the challenge. The ride passes through some of the most remote countryside in England and there is virtually no mobile phone signal throughout the ride.
JUST HOW HARD IS IT?
Well here are some stats;
Length: 110 miles. Max gradient: 25%. Meters Climbed: 3,500
Average ride time: 8hr 30mins | Record Ride Time: 5hr 42mins
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE FEED STATIONS?
There are plenty of feed stations, ALL have TORQ energy drink, flapjack, bananas and cake. There is also a free meal and drink at the finish.
HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO ENTER?
We have a minimum age limit of 16. However, there is no maximum!
CAN I CAMP AT THE RUGBY CLUB?
Sorry, there is no camping or motor homes allowed at the Rugby Club. Please head over to our accommodation page for details of where to stay.
ARE THERE SHOWERS, TOILETS AND CHANGING ROOMS?
The Rugby Club HQ provides both male and female changing facilities with showers and toilets.
CAN MY FRIEND DRIVE ROUND AND GIVE ME DRINKS OR SUPPORT?
No following (or leading) cars or motor cycles are allowed. See Terms & Conditions page for more info
IF I HAVE TO CANCEL WILL I GET MY ENTRY FEE BACK?
No, it will all be donated to the Dave Rayner Fund. You can however have another rider take your place, but substitutions will only be allowed up to 14th April. We no longer operate a deferral scheme. See our event terms & conditions for more information.
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
We don't impose a time limit per se, but for safety reasons we operate a cut off at The Moorcock Inn and at Tan Hill - the cut off times will be in your rider information pack and can vary according to the weather conditions. If you start the ride at 07:00hrs this should give you 11 hours to complete the event.
WHO ORGANISES THE ETAPE DU DALES?
The event is organised on behalf of the Dave Rayner Fund, a charitable trust that provides bursaries and grants to aspiring young riders to ride on the continent. Full details of the trust's support activities ca be found at The Dave Rayner Fund.