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
85 Mile and 40 Mile
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Calendar
Sun, 15 May 2022
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LocationPin
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
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4.5
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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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Distance
85mi
Distance
40mi
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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  • 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
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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Crowds
Spectators are more than welcome.
Backpack
  • Bike and helmet
  • Rider number
  • Timing chip
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Energy supplies
4.5
145 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
BicepFlexChallenging course
ThumbsUpWell organized
richard
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Very good event
krista
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
It was our first event and we loved it. Just great to be out cycling with other like minded folk 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️
john
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
Good track and support
calum
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Great event, well organised and marshalled. Roads and scenery were fantastic. Would thoroughly recommend this sportive.
scott
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5.0
Did the race 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.
alasdsir
Star
4.0
Did the race 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 .
chris
Star
5.0
Did the race 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.
tom
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3.0
Did the race 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.
andy
Star
5.0
Did the race 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
richard
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
First time on a bike. Unbelievable experience. Both amazing and tough at the same time. Great organisation and everyone involved was tremendous.
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