Monday, February 24, 2014

Gearing Up for the Etape Eryi

Should you be enjoying your stay at holiday parks North Wales and want to stay active, you could be well served to challenge yourself on the gruelling Etape Eryi this June.

It may be a bit early to start talking about but considering how much preparation you’ll need to ensure you get in shape before the 15th of June, you could very well need all the practice you can get! A gruelling range routes which are sure to challenge even the most experienced of cyclists, this event is not for the faint-hearted.

Caernarfon Castle is the place where your trail will start and finish as you’re expected to navigate across the historic town of Caernarfon which is all set to be thriving come the event. There’s plenty of fun for non-entrants as there will be live entertainment for those who aren’t testing themselves across the many slopes of North Wales. Expect live music and a special performance from the geniuses over at MTB.

If the strength of last year’s competition is anything to go by then the organisers have doubtlessly set the bar even higher for 2014. As a way of keeping the contest thrilling and the playing field level, Always Aim High have limited the amount of entrants so if you want to grab your chance to really test yourself, you’ll have to do it quickly!

The most impressive cyclists on the route will be granted superb prizes for their finishing position as well having the necessary amenities included in the admission fee. Enjoy free chip timing (ideal to those who want to beat their personal best) and refreshments along the route if you’re understandably a little thirsty.

As for the routes themselves, they vary wildly in terms of difficulty and the sense of reward which comes from conquering them. The one which really catches the eye is the seriously testing Etape Mawr 103 – a course which is not to be sniffed at, coming at a length of 103 miles. The shortest of the three, the Etape Bach comes in at 47 miles of gorgeous scenery and the Etape Canol offers a challenging 76 miles of pure endurance.

Even if you just fancy a day of spectacle rather than entering, there’s plenty of fun to be had at Etape Eryi this June.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon

Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon
Are you looking to keep up your good work with your New Year’s resolution and want to keep fit? Or maybe you’re just after a challenging event in an idyllic location? Then the Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon, just a short drive away from superb holiday parks in Snowdonia, could be right up your street.

A hotly-contested and equally challenging occasion, many endurance athletes attempt the Slateman each year with the gorgeous scenery always providing quite the allure to all. As part of the organisers’ plans for expansion in 2014, the always popular event has now been stretched into a two-day occasion.

For the 17th of May, a gentle introduction to this gruelling test can be had during the Slateman Sprint. Gentle in the way that a 400m open water swim, 20k road cycle over the tempestuous hills of Llanberis and a 6k trail run are slightly less difficult than the Full Slateman on the 18th of May. It’s still not to be sniffed at and will offer a challenge to all.

The Full Slatesman is an altogether different test of your endurance and will no doubt leave you panting over the finish line. It speaks for the immense popularity of the contest that it is already fully booked with many people attempting the trail which is more than twice as long as the Sprint. As the status of the competition continues in status (it made many award shortlists for 2013), the allure of the two day event also grows.

As with any endurance event, there are a few simple guidelines before participation. You must be over the age of 17 and wearing a wetsuit is necessary for the water leg as the waters of Snowdonia are known for being a little icy even during Spring time.

A family-friendly event in the heart of Snowdonia, the Slateman Triathlon will be a challenging but enjoyable two days spread over the 17th and 18th of May. Be sure to snap up a place in the Slateman Sprint as they’re only going to go fast!