Open road event will feature views from the Horseshoe Pass and Nant-y-Garth and 110km, 170km and 220km options

After four years on closed roads, this year’s Wiggle Etape Cymru, scheduled for September 13, will consist of open road Corto, Medio Fondo and Gran Fondo events.

With its multiple challenging routes and no road closures, the sportive will now follow the model of the popular South Wales-based Wiggle Dragon Ride.

“Having an open road event allows us to pick our perfect route so we can access stunning vistas and beautiful scenery more often,” said event director Kirsty Wilde.

And the new arrangements have received the backing of Team Sky man Luke Rowe.

“Everybody knows that I am a proud Welshman and the Wiggle Etape Cymru in my opinion showcases some of the most spectacular riding Wales has to offer,” said Rowe.

“If you have already done the Wiggle Dragon Ride, this is definitely the next ‘must-do’ sportive,” he added.

For those who do sign up, all routes will feature a four mile, 5% climb just 32 kilometres in, before the Nant-y-Garth Pass takes riders on a winding journey up through the forest.

Medio and Gran Fondo competitors will then head on to Denbigh, with the longest route continuing to Betws-y-Coed, and eventually all will strike for home from the castle town of Ruthin.

Entries are open now, with a reduced rate offered to those raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information and to sign up, visit www.humanrace.co.uk/cycling