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.
WHO CAN DO 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
JUST HOW HARD IS IT?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE FEED STATIONS?
There are plenty of feed stations, (4 on the long route and 2 on the short rote). The first just has just energy drink, and bananas. The others have a variety of sweet and savoury foods as well. We try to accommodate vegan/gluten free diets as well but if you have any specific dietary requirements please ensure you come prepared.
There is also a free hot 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 Rayner Foundation Charity. You can however have another rider take your place, but substitutions will only be allowed up to 14 days prior to the event. We no longer operate a deferral scheme.
See our event terms & conditions for more information.
We don't impose a time limit as such, 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.
IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
WHO ORGANISES THE ETAPE DU DALES?
The event is organised on behalf of the Rayner Foundation, a registered charity (1185306) that provides bursaries and grants to aspiring young riders to ride on the continent. Full details of the charity's support activities can be found at The Rayner Foundation web site.