It seems that there is no shortage of cyclists craving an epic endurance sportive. Next June’s 226-mile Chain Reaction Cycles Etape Xtrem crams in a punishing 3878 metres of ascent and sold out of its allocation of 100 riders in under two hours.
But there is a chance that some of the hundreds who missed out could still ride the event.
Tim Lloyd, event planner, said: “Given the level of demand, we are looking closely at our logistics to see if we can accommodate some of those who missed out.
“Hundreds of people registered their interest in taking part before the entries open, and needless to say we have had hundreds of emails and calls from cyclists who missed out.
The sportive, which takes place around Snowdonia, combines the Etape Bach 47 ride, Etape Canol 76 and Etape Mawr 103 into one ride.
Riders will set off at 4am from Caernarfon Castle and have a target to complete the race within 18 hours on June 21.
Entries for one of the UK's hardest sportives, the Etape Xtrem, opens Monday