Organisers of the Etape Cymru, which took place on Sunday September 9, have hailed the 92-mile sportive a success.
The closed roads event, in its second year, took in a series of tough climbs, including the Horseshoe Pass and World’s End.
This year’s Etape Cymru was managed by Human Race, whose portfolio of events includes the Dragon Ride, and the organisers say early feedback has been positive after the inaugural event in 2011 attracted criticism.
Hannah White, one of 1,200 riders to tackle the event, said: “We arrived at the Bangor-on-Dee race course to a real buzz and had a while to mix with others taking part and make final preparations before being set off in our wave right on time.
“It was definitely a tough ride and we were really glad to have the roads to ourselves, giving us space to take things at our own speed – and stop for a breather every now and again.”
Olympic rowing gold medallist Chris Bartley swapped boat for bike after triumphing at London 2012 as part of Great Britain’s lightweight men’s four.
Bartley said: “The Etape Cymru was a brilliant event and the whole day was a great experience. It was lovely to see so many people out on their bikes enjoying the Welsh countryside.
“Even with all the training, it was a tough day in the saddle, so it was nice to relax in the event village after the ride and chat to other participants.”