Cyclists of all ability levels are saddling up for this year’s Etape Caledonia, the UK’s first and original closed-roads sportive. With two distances, an 85-mile circuit and the shorter 40-mile route option, the event, organised by Limelight Sports, is accessible to a range of cycling ability levels as well as offering cyclists to the opportunity to take in some of Scotland’s most breathtaking landscapes.
Crossing the start line in Pitlochry, riders will pedal around Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel where they will be able to feel the wind on their faces reaching fast speeds on the flatter parts of the route. Then a more demanding and twisting climb at Mt Schiehallion will follow before riders will began their descent towards Aberfeldy before crossing the finishing line in Pitlochry.
An extremely popular event, Etape Caledonia has attracted more than 35,000 people since it debuted in 2007. With over 5,000 places on offer each year, the event attracts riders from all over the country to take on the rolling hills and forest-lined roads around Highland Perthshire.
Charity places are also available with Marie Curie who has been the event’s official partner for 11 years. By cycling for Team Marie Curie, participants will be enabling Marie Curie Nurses to continue to provide essential care to people living with a terminal illness, and vital emotional support to their loved ones.
As well as attracting thousands of cycling enthusiasts to Highland Perthshire annually, Etape Caledonia participants have raised over £2.5 million, including £1.6 million for Marie Curie.
Places are still available on the 85-mile route and start at £79.99. A charity place with Marie Curie is a £59.99 registration fee with a pledge to fundraise a minimum of £350.
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