Closed road Etape Mercia to launch in 2013

Etape Cymru Sportive

IMG and Marie Curie Cancer Care are set to launch their third closed road sportive for 2013, the Etape Mercia.

The 69 mile ride is billed as an entry level sportive and will be run on closed roads in the west Cheshire area. More details will be released in the new year, but the ride will boost the Etape series back up to three events after the cancellation of the Etape Hibernia in Ireland.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.