Etape Pennines closed-road sportive announced

County Durham event from the organisers of the Etape Caledonia

Like the Etape Caledonia, the County Durham event has brought Marie Curie Cancer Care on board

The organisers of the Etape Caledonia have announced a new closed-road UK sportive for 2012 – the Etape Pennines. IMG Challenger World reckon it’s the first English event of its kind, discounting the women-only Cycletta series.


Scotland, Wales and Ireland have the Etapes of Caledonia, Cymru and Hibernia respectively, so the new event will shorten the distance many have to travel to experience a traffic-free sportive. Although no firm route details have been released, the first edition is scheduled for 7 October 2012 on a ‘challenging’ 78-mile course in County Durham. Entry is £61 and is open now.


James Robinson, managing director of IMG Challenger World, said: “We’ve been working on expanding our cycling events programme as Etape Caledonia and Etape Hibernia have been so successful. We bring a unique concept to sportive riders and are extremely pleased to have been able to bring a new event to England in the great location of County Durham. We’ll be working hard over the next 12 months to ensure riders have an incredible experience.”