Etape Loch Ness

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The Etape Loch Ness is a great 106k route through spectacular scenery in the Scottish Highlands. A 'must-do' for seasoned and new cyclists alike, this event features an added King of the Mountain challenge. Come for a fantastic medal, stunning views, and a great day of riding.
Etape Loch Ness
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Sun 24th Apr 2022
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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The event experience

Based on 5,600 participants


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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Northern Meeting Park, 14 Ardross St, Inverness IV3 5NS, UK
Start times
Sun 24th Apr 2022
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Route information
Etape Loch Ness
The Etape Loch Ness is a closed-road 106km route, offering 900m of ascent, that starts in Inverness.
The route leaves Inverness and follows the A82 West through Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston before crossing the iconic Caledonian Canal to Fort Augustus. The route then starts its return journey to Inverness via South Loch Ness on the B862/B852 to finish on the riverside in Inverness.
King of the Mountain
The King of the Mountain is a 9k climb of 380m with gradients reaching 12%. During the Etape Loch Ness at approximately the half-way point participants can opt to push for the King of the Mountain Title by going up this climb as fast as they can.
This will be recorded with a split time which will be included in your overall time, and the start and finish of the hill climb will be clearly marked.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Goody bag
  • Electronic chip-timing
  • Mechanical support
  • Support stations along the route
  • King of the Mountain time trial (optional)
  • Finisher's certificate (downloadable post event)
How to get there
Northern Meeting Park, 14 Ardross St, Inverness IV3 5NS, UK
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Event Hub Address: Northern Meeting Park, Ardross Street, Inverness IV3 5NS
Start Address: Bught Park, Bught Road, Inverness IV3 5SQ
Finish Address: Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA
It is recommended that you:
  • Park in the centre of town and cycle along the river to Bught Park (approx 1 mile).
  • Use public transport where possible
  • Car share where possible
Event day logistics
10:00 - 19:00 Registration opens
06:00 - 06:50 Riders start in waves
*All timings are subject to change.
The Start
Participants will be split into waves based on their estimated finish times, which will be communicated to you in April.
Riders will be released in groups between 6am and 6:50am. Please ensure you leave plenty of time to get to your start holding area with your allocated arrival time as the start area is 0.6 miles from the Event Hub.
If you miss your arrival time for your start holding you will be asked to join the last wave of riders, and if you miss the final wave you will not be able to take part.
All entrants must attend registration on Saturday, the day before the event, between 10am-7pm. Please bring photo ID and if someone is collecting on your behalf they also need photo ID and a signed letter from you authorising them to collect your pack.
During Registration there will be free mechanical support, official merchandise, street food and retail stands available.
Cut-off Times
All riders must maintain a minimum speed of 13mph and those falling behind this time will be given the option of returning to the Event Hub in Inverness in the sweep bus or completing the course on open roads.
This gives riders 5 hours and 38 minutes to complete the route. The organiser reserve the right to use discretion to insist when riders get on the Sweep Bus. This will be on the grounds of safety of the rider or other road users, specifically on the section of the route on the A82 or for medical reasons.
Any rider who refuses to get on the sweep bus will be asked to sign an event disclaimer, will have their timing chip and rider number removed and will be advised that the Highway Code and usual Road Traffic laws apply.
Support Stations
There will be 3 support stations along the course at the following points:
  • Support Station 1 – Invermoriston (mile 27)
  • Support Station 2 – Wildside Centre (Stratherrick & Foyers Community Trust) in Whitebridge (mile 42)
  • Support Station 3 – between Inverfarigaig and Dores (mile 54.5)
Event Rules
A full list of event rules are listed hereExternalLink.
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Spectator Info
The final 2 miles through Inverness alongside the River Ness provide the best vantage points for spectators and at the Event Hub.
Riders are expected at each point at the times listed below:
  • Drumnadrochit – 06:50-08:00
  • Invermoriston – 07:20-09:00
  • Fort Augustus – 07:35-09:25
  • Foyers / Inverfarigaig – 08:10-11:00
  • Dores – 08:40-11:45
  • Inverness – 09:00-12:30
Kit List
Mandatory Kit List
  • Bike - road bikes are preferable, but mountain and hybrid touring bikes are acceptable.
    Please note that fixed wheel bikes (bikes that use pedals as a brake) are NOT permitted.
  • Helmet - the wearing of hard shell helmets conforming to CE standard EN1078 is mandatory and must be worn at all times when cycling
  • Filled water bottle and energy snacks
  • Mobile phone
Basic Bike Repair Kit
  • 2 inner tubes
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Tyre levers
  • Multi-tool with chain splitter
  • Chain speed links (to join a broken chain)
  • Pump or air canister inflator
Recommended Kit List (Including for cool or adverse weather conditions)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Small first aid kit
  • Sun screen
  • Sun glasses
  • Emergency money
  • Warm base layer
  • Windproof jacket
  • Warm long or 3/4 length leggings to keep the leg muscles insulated from cold conditions
  • Insulated waterproof gloves
  • Skull cap or buff for underneath your helmet
  • Over boots on top of your cycling shoes
When will I receive my race pack?
Race packs must be collected on Saturday at event registration.
What if I can't attend registration on saturday?
If you cannot make the registration, you can get a friend to register for you. They need to bring photo ID for themselves as well as a signed letter from you confirming that they can collect your event pack.
What information will I be given in advance of the Etape Loch Ness?
You will receive an email advising you of your rider number and start time/wave and your event instructions at least 2 weeks before the event.
Where do I put my timing chip?
Your timing chip is attached to the rider number that you affix to your bike using the cable ties included in your event pack. Please make sure that you don’t wrap the number around the tube as this may damage the chip and it won’t work! There is no need to return the chip.
How do I get my race time after the event?
All race results and photos will be available at this website: after the event.
Will there be feed stations along the route?
Yes, there will be 3 fully-stocked feed stations at the 27, 42, and 54.5 mile marks.
Are there toilets and changing facilities?
Yes, there are portable toilets located at the start/finish lines and at the feed stations along the course. There will be a small changing facility at the event hub but no showers.
Is there an age requirement to enter?
Yes, all participants must be 18 and over on race day to enter.
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