It was a beautiful day, with perfect weather and a great crowd of people. The organization was excellent, the volunteers were great and the route was challenging. The first part of the race was beautiful but also very technical and demanding. We had to climb up several times during the first hour of the race but it was worth it because we had some amazing views over Wales.
The second part of the race was more flat but still very technical as well as very fast. We passed through some small villages and we could enjoy their atmosphere before reaching Llanberis at about 4pm for our second transition time (there were three in total).
The last part of the race was very interesting with some nice climbs and descents close to sea level before reaching our final destination at Bangor Marina after 9 hours on bike!
We did it!
We had so much fun on this day and we can’t wait to do it again next year.
The course started at Llanberis and went over 10 peaks: Bwlch-y-Groes, Crib Goch, Y Garn, Glyder Fach and Foel Grach before finishing at the top of Snowdon (which is 3rd highest peak in England & Wales). We really enjoyed the challenge of climbing these mountains in Welsh National Park and we were rewarded with an amazing view at the top of each peak!
This was a great experience for all of us because we got to work together as a team to complete a challenging course while still having fun and enjoying each other’s company. I know that we will remember this day for years to come!
The Snowdonia Etape Eryri 2017 was a challenging, but fun race
I had the opportunity to participate in this event for the first time, and it was an amazing experience. The course was hilly and technical, with several stretches of gravel road and dirt paths.
There were many hard climbs that tested my fitness level, but they also gave me a chance to see some spectacular views of the Welsh countryside. The race started at Nant Peris in Llanberris, where we ran through an open field before turning off onto a trail that led us up towards Snowdonia’s highest peak: Snowdon (1,085 meters). This was the hardest part of the course for me because there were so many rocks on the path that made running difficult at times—especially going downhill!
After reaching the top of Snowdon, we ran along another trail until we reached another hilltop where we stopped for a short break before heading back down again towards Beddgelert Forest Park. This section was not as difficult as before because it was mostly flat with only a few small hills here and there. It ended up being my favorite part of the race because we got to see some beautiful scenery while running through tree-covered areas that felt very peaceful.
It was an honor to take part in the Snowdonia Etape Eryri 2017, and I can’t wait to do it again next year
The race started at 9am sharp, with a crowd of people huddled around the starting line. The weather was perfect and there was a great sense of camaraderie among all the runners.
We started off with an easy jog up the mountain before we were faced with our first challenge: the climb up Crib Goch, which is basically just a steep hill. It was tough but not impossible—if you kept your breathing steady, you could make it over without falling over!
I loved seeing everyone’s different approaches to climbing this hill: some people would run through it as fast as they could while others chose to take their time and enjoy the scenery. It was inspiring to see so many people decide how they wanted to tackle each challenge, whether it was running or walking or whatever else they felt like doing!
It’s always such an incredible experience!
I’m looking forward to joining this race again next year—it’s always such an incredible experience!
The Snowdonia Etape Eryri 2017 was a race of a lifetime. I was fortunate enough to participate in the event for the second time, and it was just as exhilarating as I remembered.
This year’s race took place on October 7th and 8th, with an estimated 12,000 riders participating. The course followed the route of the legendary Tour of Britain, which also passed through Snowdonia (the area of Wales where this race took place). The course covered approximately 150 miles and climbed over 4,500 meters (roughly 14,750 feet), making it one of the most challenging races in the world.
I opted for a two-day pass so that I could ride both days—a decision that paid off big time! On Saturday morning, my teammates and I made it to Penrhyndeudraeth in time to register and get ready for our ride. We had been training hard for weeks leading up to this event and were ready to take on whatever challenges awaited us. After registering at Penrhyndeudraeth High School, we headed into town for some last-minute supplies before setting off on our bikes! From there we rode through.