Dentdale, Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK. 18th May, 2014. The Etape du Dales is a cyclosportive held in May each year, in the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. It is ranked as one of the most popular and challenging sportives in the UK and is considered one of the top ten rides in the UK. In 2010, Malcolm Elliott set a course record of 5h, 43m, and 24s. Credit: Mar Photographics/Alamy Live News

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Dentdale, Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK. 18th May, 2014. The Etape du Dales is a cyclosportive held in May each year, in the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. It is ranked as one of the most popular and challenging sportives in the UK and is considered one of the top ten rides in the UK. In 2010, Malcolm Elliott set a course record of 5h, 43m, and 24s. Credit: Mar Photographics/Alamy Live News
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A classic event taking in some of the iconic climbs in the Yorkshire Dales, the “Etapes Du Dales” was established well before Yorkshire was chosen to host the 2014 Tour de France.With a height gain equivalent to a Tour mountain stage the Etape du Dales figures on most riders list of “must do rides.” Riders travel over some of the country’s most challenging terrain and experience some of the roads used in the 2014 Tour de France! Covering 112 miles in the Yorkshire Dales the Etape du Dales sportive starts and finishes in Threshfield, near Grassington. The Etape du Dales route is an extremely difficult 112 mile ride and requires an excellent level of fitness. It takes in the major climbs of the Yorkshire Dales including steep and technical descents. It was originally established as an alternative to the oversubscribed Fred Whitton Challenge; like the Fred Whitton, the Etape du Dales is a long day's ride over steep hills, and the proceeds go to charity - the Dave Rayner fund.
Location: Dentdale, Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK.