Etape Caledonia

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Etape Caledonia is a closed-road ride taking place on Sunday 15 May 2022. With 5,000 places on offer each year, this sell-out event attracts riders from all over the country to take on one of the most breath-taking rides through the spectacular Scottish Highlands.
Participants
40 Mile, and 85 Mile
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Calendar
Sun, 15 May 2022
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Pitlochry, United Kingdom
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4.5
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Elevation

5 to 20m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
Mains of Duntanlich, Mains of Duntanlich, Foss, Pitlochry PH16 5HH, UK
Start times
Sun, 15 May 2022
85 Mile:
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40 Mile:
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Races summary
Here's what races are available for Etape Caledonia
40 Mile
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40mi
£45.00
85 Mile
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85mi
£79.99
Route information
The two Etape Caledonia routes take in the best of what the Highlands has to offer. Winding roads, tree-lined avenues, Lochs, mountains and everything in between. The 85 mile course is technical and challenging in parts, but still allows for moments where you can take a break from the hurt locker and take in the stunning views. The 40 mile brings in some challenges, but takes out the steep climb of Schiehallion. You can find more information on both routes on our route maps below.
85 Mile Route
85 miles of closed road cycling beginning and concluding in Pitlochry. The course consists of rolling hills and forest-lined roads around Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, combined with the demanding, twisting climb of Mt Schiehallion (1,083m).
The course takes you up to Trinafour with a challenging ascent of 374m and back down towards Kinloch Rannoch. Once you have cycled around Loch Rannoch you will begin your ascent up Schiehallion (382m). Afterwards, enjoy the descent down towards Aberfeldy and head back towards the finish line in Pitlochry. Make sure to relax and enjoy celebrating your achievement in the event village festival.
40 mile route
A 40 mile option of closed road cycling beginning in Pitlochry. The course will take a left away from the 85 mile route at Tummel Bridge where you will begin their ascent to 392m. Once you have finished the climb you can enjoy a descent taking you South towards Coshieville and round to Aberfeldy. The route then takes you back around to the finish line back in Pitlochry, where you can relax and celebrate your achievements at the event festival.
It will be hard for you to not enjoy the views, whilst taking breaks at the number of food and drink stations placed around the course. Once completed, it’s time to sit back, relax, and soak up the atmosphere in the Event Village. You can stick around afterwards and raise a glass with friends and family to toast your cycling achievement.
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What's included
  • 85 mile & 40 mile closed road routes
  • Feed stations on route
  • Fully timed event
  • Finishers medal
  • Sweep bus service
  • Free parking space (all Premium entrants)
Train
How to get there
Mains of Duntanlich, Mains of Duntanlich, Foss, Pitlochry PH16 5HH, UK
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Parking
Secure your event day parking now for Sunday 15th May. The car park is clearly sign posted when you arrive in Pitlochry; accessible from Atholl Road. We recommend that you arrive at the event in plenty of time due to the high volume of traffic and road diversions.
Parking will be available in Pitlochry on Saturday and Sunday of event weekend providing there are still spaces. As it is extremely popular, we urge you to book in advance to avoid disappointment. If you do choose to pay on the day, please make sure you have the correct change to do so. We highly advise you arrive as early as possible to avoid queuing.
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LimeLight Sports Club creates and delivers major participation experiences with the purpose of making your active world experience extraordinary. It provides a sporting journey of unforgettable cheer and challenge, designed to move you. LimeLight Sports Club and its brand partners share a belief that when people of all ages and abilities come together and participate in any kind of group exercise, the benefits can be immense, both for individuals and for society as a whole. This is reflected in our commitment to sustainability, improving equality and working increasingly on the mental health benefits of physical activity. LimeLight Sports Club produces seven multisport and running event experiences throughout the year: Hackney Moves Festival, London Duathlon, ASICS London 10k, London Triathlon, Blenheim Triathlon, Oxford Half and Etape Caledonia.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are more than welcome.
Backpack
What to bring
  • Bike and helmet
  • Rider number
  • Timing chip
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Energy supplies
FAQ's
What are the age restrictions for competing in the Etape Caledonia event?
Entrants must be 17 and older to enter the 40 mile event and 18 and older to enter the 85 mile event.
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How will the start be organised for the Etape Caledonia event?
The first wave will set off at approximately 7am. When you book your place, you will be asked to provide an estimated time of how long you think it will take you to finish the ride. Please pick an appropriate and accurate time frame. The earlier starts will be reserved for entrants who can demonstrate their cycling ability through results in a select number of cycle events. Any competitor who has not participated in cycling events before will be placed in a general category.
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What kind of handlebars am I allowed to have on my bike for the Etape Caledonia event?
You are not permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars. However, MTB bar ends are permitted on mountain bikes.
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Can I listen to personal headphones during the Etape Caledonia race?
No, listening to portable music players on route is not permitted for participants’ safety reasons.
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What if I have other questions not mentioned above?
A full list of FAQs can be found here: https://support.limelightsports.club/hc/en-gb
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Reviews
4.5
140 reviews
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5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
Great event, well organised and marshalled. Roads and scenery were fantastic. Would thoroughly recommend this sportive.
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
Well organised weekend embraced by the town & residents en route. Every aspect related to the event was excellent even the weather. We'll worth the entry fee to such a great event. It just gets better.
4.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
Generally a good event, parts of the route - I did the 85 miles - had poor road surfaces, the communication could have been better . I thought having to pay for snacks etc was pretty mean considering the entry cost. I would do the event again I would do the event again though .
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
excellent day out, amazing organisation, very smooth from start to finish. Only downside - very early start when asked to arrive 90 mins before start of the race, realistically you could get there with 30mins to go and it would be ok.
3.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
A great event let down by disappointing organisation. From being coerced to joining Limelight Sports (poor value if you’re a cyclist based in Scotland), to emails wrongly telling participants their entry had been cancelled, to misspelt correction emails (“Etape Calediona”) from a company no one had heard of before (who are “letsdothis.com”?) this was all a bit disappointing. Participants pay double for entry into the Etape Caledonia (which at some point morphed into “Ride Scotland”, then back again) compared to other comparable events (e.g Etape Loch Ness, which offered live photo uploads and videos and much more support from the locals) they’re entitled to expect significantly better. Having taken part in several Caledonia’s since it’s inception, I think this was the smallest turnout I’ve seen, maybe 1500 for the 85 mile event, which didn’t help the atmosphere, and may be a reflection of the perceived poor value.
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
The course was very spectacular, my only observation was the narrow link road from the bottom of Schiehallion could have done with a road sweeper down it, but I realise this is a bit of an ask. All in all a great event with very friendly staff!Many thanksAndy
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
First time on a bike. Unbelievable experience. Both amazing and tough at the same time. Great organisation and everyone involved was tremendous.
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
The event was well organised, a good idea to have urinal toilets at the stops for men, would be good to have signed separate ques for the 2 types of toilet to make things quicker. Good food, enough of it and friendly marshals and helpers everywhere
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
It's was challenging and requires a bit more training than I did. Got caught out at Ballinluig steep left turn-could have done with earlier notice. Great day overall.
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2022
Marshalling and volunteers were extremely good. Course was exceptional. Perhaps some signage to prepare people for the Schiehallion climb.
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