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Etape Caledonia

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Route description
Route description

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.

Richard
Star
4.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Positive 1) Thought it was a great route 2) Rest areas at the right distances 3) Being car and traffic free4) Volunteers on key corners where there were nasty corners 5) Volunteers all in good spirit and cheerful 6) Bike mechanics on hand though didn't need them was reassuring 7) Massage was fab at the end helped me recover Could be improved1) Range of snacks at rest areas - why not energy drinks? or gels? 2) Time allowed - we went relatively quickly 17mph between rest areas. The time allowed at rest areas was not long enough towards the end felt pressurised. My father-in-law would do distance, (82) but would struggle with no longer rest allowances 3) Gift pack was poor for the money - why not a cycle top? - would act as a great advertisement for next year's event for the cycle community and a better badge of honour
Alistair
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
This was my first time at the Etape Caledonia and I participated with a friend. I found it to be well organised with good communication in the lead up to the event. The course itself was good with the right mixture of hills and flats. The event village was slightly disappointing with not a lot of things to see there, but to be honest we came for the cycling and that was an enjoyable day out!
Ian H
Star
4.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
My third time doing this event. Great location, good and challenging course, ride well organised and plenty friendly locals out to cheer you on along the way, which is nice. Disappointing lack of atmosphere on the Saturday this year, and I feel there should be more to encourage people to stay around after the event. I really enjoyed the live music in the old mill pub later, so more of that would be good.Accommodation prices becoming a problem and likely to put people off. Work to be done to restore atmosphere of previous years.
DP
Star
2.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I've participated in the event for a number of years, and seen a major change in the atmosphere over the last couple of years, Village a lot quieter, registration area was empty this year, none of the usual stands selling various cycling products - again no atmosphere! Accommodation prices in the village have gone through the roof, if you check prices the week before and then on the event weekend you see a 3-4 times increase ! and a number of establishments require 2 nights minimum, some even 3 ! The extra hill added a couple of years ago is an extra challenge which is fine, but I would have then removed the section that loops right from Keltneyburn [bottom of descent 6] - boring section and also poor road surface on the return section. Although still a well organised event and you do see some local support on the route [depending on the weather]
Allan
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
This is my local sportive, 2019 event was my 6th on the trot, always have a great time as my nephew from Virginia Water and others from the London area come North to do it. I have just completed my 2nd Ride London 100 Event and although well organised, due to the number of Riders (25,000) there are always accidents and other incidents which close off the hilly parts of the course like Box Hill and Leith Hill, which you then end up trudging along pushing bike with thousands of others and a lot of the enjoyment disappears, not organisers fault but just too many people for the narrow Surrey lanes. Well done Etape Caledonia organisers, as have never really had any delays on th EC. Great event keep it going. 🚴🏽‍♂️🚴🏽‍♂️🏅🏅👍😎
NEIL Mc
Star
2.3
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I have been doing EC every year as its my local and is always good for the welcome from locals along the way and the camaraderie among fellow cyclists. However was disappointed not to see many of the usual things at the event village: no mech service,(when it was supported by mavic in previous years was very useful to get any last minute problems sorted on the Saturday No endura stand or Zipvit - always found it handy to by there nutrition pack and the local guy selling the tweed stuff etc.) Basically no atmosphere and spoiled event. Also very disappointed by feed stations not enough variety compared to previous years or is just as i get slower over the years by the time get there all they had left were some flapjacks and Bananas neither of which sit well on my stomach. However the volunteers at the stops were there useful cheery selfs despite the weather. And mechanic at last stop who assisted me deserves a special thanks. Route: dont see the need for the extra wee bit they added on two years ago. Hope that many of these issues will be addressed for next year and its down to new buisness taking over event and frankly the only reason am coming back again is the reduced price offered on entry as the price was becoming prohibitive to your average cyclist Other Events better value for money and reason for decline in numbers participating in recent years?. Wish all who organised, volunteer and the natives for putting up with the inconvenience all the best for the future.
C S
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
My 1st closed road event and I really enjoyed it. Well organised. Well equipped feed stations. I also used the Red Cross services at the end due to a minor injury sustained on the ride. Thank you
Shirley c
Star
2.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Very disappointed in the premium pack, the top arrived size small/ 42 inch chest was told after messaging to take it to registration and they would swap for a smaller one. This was the smallest size which fits my husband who wears xl cycling clothes . After messaging again was told tough! £125 for an event you can pay £45 for cycle only I am left with a top I can do nothing with. At the holding part before start even though the premium numbers are different none of us there were marshalled to the premium start point.. food at first feed station: half a banana wasn’t very good.. very disappointed in this event compared to etape Loch Ness, will never do it again or recommend which is sad as my perception was that this was a top of the range event. 40 mile people were also set off before us .
Keith
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I've taken up cycling late in life and I'm now into my 5th year doing about 5k miles a year now. Over that time I've done many sportives, both open and closed road. This is my 3rd different Scottish closed road sportive over the last 3 years. I opted for a fastback entry mainly as I live over 400 miles away and my wife had an engagement on Saturday that meant we could not get up to register. This also included an event short sleeve jersey. What a bonus. Everything on ride day is well sign posted and laid out. The Scottish weather meant the rain jacket came on and off a few times so be prepared. The course is challenging with a steady climb from the start to the first breath and leg taking hill. Nicely undulating after that along the loch side and the 2 feed stations. Back round and a loop later and the climb up the Schiehallion road interspersed with respites makes this not so painful. A nice ride follows until a sharp left turn and a short sharp climb that undulates and sends you back into Pitlochry to a humongous crowd and finishing welcome and a medal. Food and drink is available in the finishing area and general entertainment. Pitlochry is a town that offers a warm welcome to the thousands of cyclists which is nice. Give it a go. I cannot ride next year due to clash of dates. Even 1 week after the event, a lot of accommodation was already booked for next year. This is one ride going places and quite rightly so. Keith of Watford Velo Sport. Watford Hertfordshire.
S T
Star
3.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I did have a great ride and was pleased to beat my 2018 time, however, was disappointed that no positions were given as I was hoping to improve my position in the placings and that was one of the reasons for participating, I emailed the timing people but they said that organisers didn't want to display positions...please can we have them back next year? Good event though and seemed to go pretty smoothly.
Brian s
Star
4.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2017
Want to ride bike biking events are getting ruined how many times can you ask same friends for charity money vastly increase non charity spaces but make a donation compulsory everyone happy last time even on a non charity place I gave on the day which I'm always happy to do
David M
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
One of my “must do” events of the year. Great area of Scotland to visit, beautiful scenery Pitlochry is a great place to visit. The event is well organised, I’ve never had any issues, organisers and marshals are all great. I’ll return as long as my legs allow!
Kevin B
Star
4.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Should have been 5 stars for organisation as all of the feed stations were well organised. However, the starting waves were all held in one area next to the public carpark and it was unclear which wave we were standing in due to a lack of signage and volunteers there didn't seem to know much either. Road next to carpark where starting waves were held still seemed to be open to the public so cars were driving about, adding to the confusion. Better signage required and perhaps the holding location should be reconsidered in future. Other than the poor organisation, the event was great - excellent challenge and beautiful scenery.
George W
Star
3.7
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
First time this year after taking part in the Etape Loch Ness for a couple of years previously. Did the 40 mile course which was good although the last few miles were a challenge due to the width of the road. The event itself was good although at one point I did seem to go for quite a distance without actually seeing anyone. I did think that the feed stops weren't well signposted. The first one on the 40 mile route is at the top of the biggest climb but there was no filtering or segregation lane which meant people were stopping anywhere. One rider stopped in front of me on the opposite side of the road from the feed station then crossed over in front of me to get there meaning I had to brake to avoid them.Event Village was a disappointment though. This may have been due to the weather but when I visited to pick up my entry pack it was very quiet. Shame the only way of getting merchandise was by entering the Premium 85 mile route. The goodie bag at the finish wasn't really worth it to be honest as there was nothing in it.Nice challenging route though so I'll be back next year to give the event a second chance
Ian C
Star
1.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I paid for a premium entry but sustained an injury prior to the event, I was told not entitled to a refund, asked about delaying or getting a discount on the 2020 event but heard nothing back. my wife ordered a small top and it fitted me, I usually wear an XL she was basically told tough, no refund possible so has a top she cannot wear. to be honest very poor experience all round, I will not be entering again and would not recommend the event with the current organisers to anyone.
Nick
Star
4.3
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
This was my 1st sportive type event and loved it . Already rebooked for next year .It was ridden much faster than I expected with many going “full gas” in pelaton style groups .
Don B
Star
4.7
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
This was my second year and whilst I did the 40 mile, my wife did the 85 mile course. Fantastic event but as much the ride itself, we loved the whole experience, the weekend in Pitlochry (we stayed right in the middle of town), the bars, restaurants, cycling shop were all brilliant. We have already booked for 2020!... PS... well done to the new organisers, much improved from the previous year!
Maz
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I did the 40 miler last year and the 85 miler this year. Great event although hampered by the weather in terms of atmosphere. Would be improved by seating at the finish line (hay bales perfectly adequate) and more going on after the event.
Bruno N
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Rode it twice, booked on for 2020 great for me a little disappointing for my spouse as there's not much for her to do while I ride. Maybe yoga sessions or similar for the waiting partners would be good. Only minus otherwise keep it up. 👍
Gordon
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
The only reason I haven’t given full marks is because unlike the previous year I didn’t get my finishing position or KOM position and I found this disappointing b
Lee B
Star
4.3
Did the 40 Mile in 2018
Great event but got caught too early by the sweep bus, needed more time to get warmed up. Fantastic scenery, people and roads.
Alistair G
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
This was my eighth edition of this event and limelight have done a good job resuscitating an event that was in danger of dying on its feet.Would be great to see a couple of official pipers out on the route (Queen’s View and/or top of the KOM at Schiehallion) Etape Loch Ness do this and Caledonia used to. It would definitely add to the atmosphere of a truly Highland Event!
Eddie C
Star
3.3
Did the 85 Mile in 2018
I did not cycle this year due to the only fact that last year I was put of with a motor cyclist who was one of the marshalls tell us that we had to hurry up or we would be picked up by the sweeper bus.I cycle a lot or when weather permitting and here in Scotland its not great so I have all the gear. I have an avg speed of 14-16mph which I think is avg for my age and weight.2018 I was with two good lady friends one an iron woman and another who cycles as much as me. So after paying so much and seen this year was quite a bit less I was deflated to say the least and also the fact that the marshalls were out to hurry us along or trying to scare us. We got the top of the major hill shahalion which was a nice climb no troubles took our picture of everyone and then cycled on. We did finish ahead of quite a few but seen no reason that Marshall would say that and upset so many at the top of the hill. If you are cycling this just enjoy the ride and soak up some of Scotlands beautiful scenery countryside and culture its amazing 😊
Robert Ure
Star
2.3
Did the 85 Mile in 2018
Too expensive for what it is roads were potholed and ruff in places tented village had no tents worth looking at and goodie bags were pathetic compared to past years.
David W
Star
4.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Very well organised - really enjoyed it. Given location I think the course could have more elevation to make it more of a challenge; say, 6 to 7,000 feet of climb
john mc
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
enjoyed every minute of the event, found the new climb a real test but managed to keep cycling I would like to see the results show the age group achievements to check on friends.
Arthur V
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Event village could be better with more cycling stalls. Race pack postage would be good also as it would make things easier to turn up and ride.
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
This was my 2nd cycle event (started with pedal for scotland).I camped at faskally for the weekend of the event. The event day was amazing and the course was great. Already signed up for next year.Would recromed to anyone looking for a new challenge.
Bill
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I have done the event for 3 years and it is well organised but I was surprised to learn that non of the entry fee, which is quite high, went to the charity.
Paul
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
4th time doing this event although this was the 1st in about 7 years. Slightly new course which I thought was great. I'm built for going downhill not up but thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.Great day and already booked for 2020. Cheers again
John
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
This was my third Etape Cally. The course as always was stunning ( although the extra 5 miles does feel a bit tacked on). As we stayed in Pitlochry we had no hassle getting to the start pen. As mentioned elsewhere there seemed to be some confusion about which route to take to the start line. The feed stations certainly were not as well stocked as previous years, which caused me some issues with refuelling- not enough gels with me. Previous years I was able to restock, particularly at later stations. I know it’s my responsibility to be adequately stocked but being unaware of the reduced provision didn’t give me the chance to carry enough from the get go. This and the flat atmosphere at the “event “ village, coupled with a feeling that the locals are getting sick of this event, gave the impression that the whole thing is on it’s last legs.. Hope not- cause it’s a great event. On course marshalling is top notch, the course is challenging yet enjoyable. Will I be back? Try and stop me (just with more gels). Oh if the organisers could let us know if gels and energy bars are available at the feed stations BEFORE the event that would be great. Lastly ditch the pointless bag at the end. Must have been a headache cleaning up all the discarded ines
colin
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Very well organised from parking to start line to feed stops. Big event well controlled. Closed roads is a massive plus point
Adrian
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Have made the journey up to Scotalnd from Birmingham twice now and combined this with a holiday. Best closed road event. I've done Ride London, Velothon Wales and Velo Birmingham. Etape has these beaten with better roads, better views and better organization. No long walk to start, no long waits at the start, no long queues at the rest stops. Just lovely roads around the lochs and a couple of challenging climbs with long decents. Nice atmosphere in the town on the day before.
Archie M
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2018
Really well organised and genuinely challenging physical cycling event. The scenery and location are beautiful (of course the weather helped). Because the location (Pitlochry) is a distance from main cities it requires many participants to stay in the town and creates a real buzz beforehand. The town needs to engage the non-participating partners, spouses and family members on the race day - the shops were largely shut.
N L
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
- Superb route with astonishing views- Good marshalling along the route- I had missed any mention of the Loch Challenge and did not spot any signage for it along the route. Maybe shout about the challenges a bit louder, for thick people like me- Jersey cut is a bit on the generous side
Andy H
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
It's hard to fault this event which is probably why I keep coming back? It as it has it all. ~ Fantastic scenery, (when you can see it), a great and testing route, closed roads, good organisation, good food stops and wonderful start and finish in beautiful Pitlochry. The last kick up from Logierait usually finishes my old legs off, so it's great to get into the finish and get the medal around my neck. My only criticism is the event village which seems to have dwindled over the years and probably needs, relocating / revitalising somehow. Would also be nice to receive something more than a bottle of water at the finish? However, these are minor points, it's a great event
Jm
Star
5.0
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
This was my first etape experience - had watched my husband and friends do the 85 miles for a few years and decided I would enter . The event is well organised and knew that doing the 40 miles would make me achieve something without having to tackle the 85 miles - take my hat off to everyone doing the 85 miles -that’s my next goal . If I can do it -so can you .
Renny
Star
3.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Event did not have the same atmosphere as in previous year. On Saturday there was very little activity of note on at the event hub. No event merchandise, no local produce stalls. Most of the people were congregating at the bike shop across the road. On the day, the marshalling of the pens was incompetent, especially for the last two waves of the 85 and the 40 entrants. There were cars in the pens and the seemingly solitary marshal was unable to manage the pens and the traffic on the public road. To compound matters, they then attempted, in vain, to direct cyclists to take a different route to the Main St than was traditionally used, causing further mayhem. The route itself was good, adequately signed and marshalled. However the pre-event atmosphere and organisation on the Saturday and Sunday morning tainted our enjoyment. This was one reason why we have not entered for 2020. I hope the Organisers can resolve these issues.
I B
Star
3.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I hadn’t done the Etape for 2 years and felt that it wasn’t as busy, specifically lacking in presence from clubs, who always used to send large groups. The addition of the new climb is good and I enjoy the course in general. One other downside is the fact that finishing positions weren’t issued, only times - your position in the Etape was always a good indicator of your form. Also rendered the KOM timing a bit pointless. I signed up for 2020, but only because of the early bird discount.
Andrew M
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
My first ever closed road event and an absolutely brilliant day, raised a lot of money for both Marie Curie and the Brain Tumour Charity but also used it as a mini reunion for some ex-Army pals. We enjoyed good banter and company all the way round. Thanks a million for a well-organised event, looking forward to returning next year.
George
Star
4.3
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
This is my third Etape and the only disappointment was that we were staying out of town as accommodation is very difficult to find.We checked thoroughly the day before that we would be allowed in for the start but were blocked and had to make a detour.It didn't really spoil the event itself but was very disappointing that there seemed to be a lack of communication between the marshals.
Marty M
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Absolutely fantastic, 2 nice big hills and beautifully scenic route. It was very well organised and friendly staff. I’ve already booked for next year, best feedback you can get. Well done everyone 🚴🏻🕺🏻😄❤️
Ross R
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
A well organised event, however the registration the day before seems unnecessary as all envelopes are made up with name and address labels on it some stick a stamp and sent it in the post. The feed stations and no isotonic drinks or sandwiches and for the amount of money paid i would have though they would be better stocked. Perhaps arrange a sponsorship deal with a suitable supplier? All in all though a great event my third year and signed up for 2020 for a sub 4 hour attempt
N Fraser
Star
2.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
If Carlsberg did sportives they wouldn’t look like this. May have cut it 20 years ago but desperately needs a revamp. Terrible.
Ian R
Star
5.0
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
One of the highlights of my year; really pleased I did this. Amazingly well organised, thanks to the people of Perthshire for giving up their roads too!
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I thought it was really well organised,my only negatives are..there could be a better variety of food at the stations and a nice little goodie bag at the end would be appreciated...an "etape" cycling shirt or something similar would be appreciated as well
Grant P
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Great ride with wonderful atmosphere. Remarkable scenery on closed roads worth the additional effort of getting to the location. You will not be disappointed.
Paul B
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Great event with great atmosphere.My one bit of feedback is the same for all sportives and that is that as someone with Coeliac Disease there is never any gluten free food at feed stops.
Isabel D
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Great route, well organised . The downside was the results: time only, no gender split . Who wants to be 250th overall not 7th female ? Bad for female cycling.
Andrew W
Star
2.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Food stops were very poor little or nothing at stop one an two if you were in the later start groups. Road conditions and signage and marshalling very good. The organisers seem to have been unable to secure good sponsors to support what is a fantastic event particularly when we get great weather like this year.
Doreen
Star
5.0
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
This was my first Etape, and my first cycle race. I’m 53 and bought a bike at Xmas. I absolutely loved everything about the event. Staff, atmosphere, the route, the event village and the scenery was breathtaking.. When I went across the finish line and my name came over the loud speaker, I felt I had won the Tour de France, it was amazing. The course was challenging, however I managed it at 3 hours and 30 minutes. I have now signed up for 3 Etape next year
Hogg M
Star
4.3
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
It had been a few years since I’d last done the Caley Etape. I only entered again because of the reduced entry fee offer. My previous experience of the event not overly positive.Well a nice surprise and a much more enjoyable event. The previous silliness at the start has gone - no queuing for an hour on the high street. The route is great. My only small criticism is the last 5 miles or so back to the finish. A very narrow route which can slow you down. Taken advantage of the early bird entry offer and looking forward to next year.
John Mc
Star
3.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I fully appreciate the costs involved in staging an event like this particularly one that has closed roads. However, I do think you could give more consideration to the quality and variety of the food and drink at the feed stops. Like others I struggled and failed to make my wave time through queuing for the car park. I know that you suggest arriving early to avoid queuing but this entails setting off at an ungodly hour after a limited breakfast that hotels can provide at that time of day. Having missed my wave I started towards the back of the field inevitably arriving late at the first feed stop. The food on offer was a banana and water, nothing else. Pushed on to the next stop where an additional flapjack was available and coffee. There was an option to buy a bacon sandwich! I've ridden in many sportives on the continent both small and large and the choice at feed stops is substantial. I have never paid more than 8 Euros for an entry. I wouldn't object to paying another £5 entry fee for Etape Caledonia to have well stocked feed stops. I'll be riding the Tour of Cambridgeshire closed road event for the second time in a couple of weeks at similar cost to the Etape. Last year the food provided was plentiful with a good variety on offer. Something else you may consider; rather than messing about with safety pins and putting holes in your jersey, why not have the number attached to the seat post as they do at the Tour of Cambridgeshire. It's only printed on paper, no more expensive and has the added benefit of looking like a pro racer Sad people like me kept it on my bike for a week after the event!Finally, I know you can't control the weather but you may look at where you sight the feed stops. The "bacon sandwich" stop was covered in mud and water. I spoke to other people who said that they'd have trouble clipping in after stopping, I wasted time cleaning my soles with a twig at the roadside.Having mentioned the above let me finish by saying that it was without question the most scenic route I've ever ridden. Even through mist and drizzle the scenery was spectacular. The marshalling was excellent particularly highlighting tricky corners, really appreciated on unknown roads in the wet. We're planning on bringing a group up for 2020, maybe you'll have taken these observations on board.
Jennifer
Star
3.0
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
No chance to enjoy having done the ride. Literally before I had driven home I was bombarded with constant emails pressurising me to join up for next year. Felt like there was at least 1 if not 2 a day
Mike
Star
4.3
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
I like to ride routes of 25 -50 miles so the 40 mile route was ideal for me. Everything was well organised and I enjoyed the event.My slight disappointment was that I wanted to ride at a reasonable pace which I largely did but I would have appreciated being able to start ahead of slower riders who inadvertently got in my way. Some people needed to walk up the hills and again became unintended obstacles.Could the 40 mile wave be set off in time bands like the rides completing 85 miles?I have already booked for 2020.
Ciara W
Star
4.3
Did the 40 Mile in 2019
I thought the event was very well organised and very enjoyable, however the event village was utter rubbish. You could do so much more!
david L.
Star
4.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
the results were slow to emerge. they used to come onto the phone. immediately. then there were no postional results. to show how we did in our age group. results were provisional for weeks. it was my 10th etape C. choosing the short route for 1st time. still enjoyed it.
James E
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Fantastic event and course, a chance to see Scotland at its best. The atmosphere was great too, very inclusive of families and supporters. The organisation could be improved slightly with fewer emails in the weeks running up to the event (particularly ones asking me to enter when I've already entered) and do something about the goody bag (it was a bag and a piece of paper inside, which was useless, so either improve the contents or scrap them altogether).
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
First Etape and I loved it. We were at the start in time and it just flowed. Organisation was great. The route was very enjoyable through for most of it I was watching the wheel in front!!! We entered as a group of 4 and had a ball. We are already signed up for next year.
James E
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Fantastic event and course, a chance to see Scotland at its best. A great atmosphere as well, very inclusive of families and supporters. Organisation could be improved slightly with less email bombardment in the weeks running up to the event (I've already entered, so don't send me last minute offers to enter) and do something about the goody bags! It was a bag with a piece of paper inside... either improve it or get rid of them entirely. It just went in the bin.
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
I have taken part in etape caley for 6 years or so. The atmosphere of picking up race packs this year was miserable. I know you can't help the rain but having folk queue in it when there was a large empty physio tent was a bit rediculous. There was also no music playing and there were closed vendor trucks which did not help. On the actual road volunteers and service staff are fine but it was just a shame picking up the packs, we didn't spend long in the finishers section either for the same reason.
Gordon
Star
4.7
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Great experience mixing with fellow cyclist can't wait till 2020 Event, made a weekend of it in Pitlochry
Eric
Star
4.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
This is a bit unfair, the new company took over and inherited the event from the previous sponsor,. The previous sponsor has hiked prices and given nothing back in terms of post event. The new sponsor immediately cut the price, making it more affordable, they are moving in the right directions and trying to improve the event to become a premier event. Sadly this year the event was not overly subscribed and the event village was flat, perhaps a throwback to the previous organisers. It would be good to keep true to their roots, an event for all levels of cyclists and not aimed at the club riders
Iain F
Star
3.3
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Starting pens where poorly signed, poorly laid out and poorly coordinated. Single entry/exit point for pen d meant people jammed up in a bottleneck and spilled out onto road. Pretty amateurish Marshall didn’t handle this well. Signage for feedstations was not far enough in advance and no slip road system for safe entry/exit from stations. Size of feed stations was good, plenty of bike racks. Route was really good. Event village was good. Goody bag at the end was a disappointment- just a bag, a few freebies like energy bars would have been nice.
Anne M
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Fantastic day! Brilliant route through stunning scenery, well organised and terrific fun.Can't wait for next year!
R Thomson
Star
4.3
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Good event. What I don’t like, however, is the subsequent unremitting often daily bombardment of my Facebook and email advertising 2020 event which I cannot attend. OTT -makes me less likely to go again!
Anne M
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
Fantastic day! Stunning route through incredible scenery, well organised and terrific fun.Can't wait for next year!
Bill L
Star
5.0
Did the 85 Mile in 2019
This was my first Etape and to be honest I wasn’t as fit or prepared for it as I wanted to be - but that didn’t spoil the enjoyment of a fantastic occasion. From access and parking through the scenery and support services to the atmosphere of the aftermath, it’s a terrific event that instantly made me want to come back next time and give it a better go. A wonderful showpiece for one Scotland’s most beautiful and rugged areas.
4.3
68 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
BicepFlexChallenging course
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule

*Information on event day logistics including arrival times, kit checklists, start times and rider information will be sent to all participants via email approximately 4 weeks before the event.

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.

Cut Off Time

The average speed a person may go at and still be within this pre-agreed time will be 13mph.

Spectators

Spectators are more than welcome.

How to get there

Mains of Duntanlich, Mains of Duntanlich, Foss, Pitlochry PH16 5HH, UK

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Address: Mains of Duntanlich, Mains of Duntanlich, Foss, Pitlochry PH16 5HH, UK

Parking

Limited car parking is available a couple of hundred metres from the start/finish line and can be purchased during the registration process. Please note that parking is available on a first come, first served basis. 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.

Road closures and parking suspensions occur in Pitlochry and surrounding areas as a result of the event taking place. Please note, Police and Traffic Wardens will patrol the parking suspensions throughout the event and vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed. If participants intend to drive to the event they must park in the event car park, clearly signposted when you arrive in Pitlochry.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What are the age restrictions for competing?
The minimum age of entry for the event is 18 years old as of 31 December 2021.
FAQ
How will the start be organised?
The first wave will set off at approximately 6.30am. 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.
FAQ
What kind of handlebars am I allowed to have on my bike?
No 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.
FAQ
Can I listen to personal headphones whilst riding?
No, listening to portable music players on route is not permitted for participants’ safety reasons.
FAQ
How much of the entry fee goes to Marie Curie?
Entry fees enable Etape Caledonia to take place and pay for all the administrative and operational costs necessary to stage the event. Although none of the general entry fee goes directly to Marie Curie, Limelight Sports Club reserve a significant number of discounted entries for Marie Curie charity riders, which in turn gives riders a platform to raise funds for the charity. This is common practice with charities across mass participation events and Limelight Sports Club is proud to say that they are in the seventh year of their relationship with Marie Curie, during which they have raised over £1.3million directly as a result of the Etape Caledonia.
FAQ
What if I have other questions not mentioned above?
A full list of FAQs can be found here: https://www.etapecaledonia.co.uk/faqs
Booking related questionsDo you have a question about bookings, cancellations, or refunds?
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