Geraint Thomas sets new benchmark for Etape Cymru climb

Closed road sportive takes place on October 9

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has set a new benchmark for Horseshoe Pass, a key climb in the upcoming Etape Cymru sportive in Wales.

Thomas scaled the summit in 14:22, eclipsing the benchmark set by UCI Track World Cup gold medallist Sam Harrison. The climb is the south side of the pass, starting at the ‘3 Miles to Summit’ sign and finishing at the road sign at the top stating ‘Horseshoe Pass 1367 feet’. It gains 1040ft / 317m in its 3.8mile/6.1km length.

Organisers are inviting members of the public to ride the climb and submit their times to the Etape Cymru website in advance of the event on Sunday 9 October.

The 100-mile ride in north Wales is in its first year for 2011 and follows in the footsteps of Etape Caledonia as only the second closed-road sportive in Britain.

“The Etape Cymru is one of the toughest closed road events in Britain and as a proud Welshman I am delighted to support it,” said Thomas. “The 100 miles with 6000 feet of climbing offers cyclists a challenging but fabulous opportunity to enjoy our spectacular Welsh scenery in the safety of a closed road environment.”

Participants have just over a month to enter the event and get the rare privilege of riding on closed British roads. It costs £65 to enter (£53 for British Cycling members), with all entrants receiving a goodie bag (including a gilet) and a year’s British Cycling Ride membership. This gives you, amongst other benefits, cycling insurance cover and up to £23 off a subscription to our Cycling Plus, Procyclingand Mountain Biking UK magazines.

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