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The Etape du Dales is a stunning ride through some of the UK's most remote and scenic countryside. The route of 110 miles covers many of the county's major climbs and the dales of Wharfedale, Littondale, Wensleydale, Swaledale, Arkengarthdale, Birkdale, Garsdale, Dentdale, Ribblesdale - AND there is not a single set of traffic lights on the whole route!
What a difference a year makes! Just 12 months ago, who would have thought that we would be facing such enormous challenges to carry out what we always considered to be "normal" activities. Today, faced with the constraints imposed on us by the current COVID situation we are having to change the way in which we organise our events to best protect the riders and the volunteers involved and to ensure the challenge of the Etape du Dales is carried out in the safest possible way.
Unfortunately this means that we must limit the size of the field for this year's event. So if you're still brave enough to tackle the Etape you know you can do it safe in the knowledge that we will do our utmost to look after you, so...
...choose the route that matches your experience and goals. Whichever route you take, each one of them features the opportunity to enjoy magnificent Yorkshire Dales scenery and warm Yorkshire hospitality.
Each of our feed stations are generously stocked with a variety of treats that should satisfy every dietary requirement. We do everything we can to make sure you have the energy you will need to keep you going all the way to the finish back at Wharfedale Rugby Club where a hearty finishing meal awaits.
The Etape rides cover classic routes that tackle a number of renown named climbs – and innumerable bumps and hills along the way. But you get to choose how challenging a ride you make it – from a leisurely day out in the Yorkshire Dales to a challenging epic demanding all your strength and experience.
We look forward to seeing you in May!