Etape Loch Ness

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The Etape Loch Ness is a ‘must-do’ 106k cycle sportive taking place in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Racing on closed roads, this is a fantastic challenge for seasoned and new cyclists alike. Don’t miss out on the awesome finishers’ medal and spectacular views.
Etape Loch Ness
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Sun, 23 Apr 2023
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

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Where and when
Northern Meeting Park, 14 Ardross St, Inverness IV3 5NS, UK
Start times
Sun, 23 Apr 2023
Etape Loch Ness:
Races summary
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Etape Loch Ness
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Route information
Etape Loch Ness
Starting in Inverness, the Etape Loch Ness is a closed-road 106km route, offering 900m of ascent and unrivalled panoramic views.
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%. At approximately half-way, participants can opt to push for the King of the Mountain Title by racing up this climb as fast as you can.
The start and finish of this hill climb will be clearly marked and timed, whether you choose to take it slow or going for the King of the Mountain title. You will receive a split time for this section, which will be included in the results.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Event giveaway
  • Electronic chip-timing
  • Mechanical support
  • Support stations along the route
  • King of the Mountain time trial (optional)
  • Finisher's certificate (downloadable post event)
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Finishers' medal
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How to get there
Northern Meeting Park, 14 Ardross St, Inverness IV3 5NS, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
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
You can find available parking options HereExternalLink Charges may apply.
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 open
06:00 - 06:50 Riders start in waves
*All timings are subject to change.
All entrants must attend registration on Saturday, the day before the event, between 10:00-19:00. 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.
The Start
Participants will be split into waves based on your estimated finish times, which will be communicated to you in April via email.
Riders will be released in groups between 06:00 and 06:50. 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.
Cut-off Times
All riders must maintain a minimum speed of 13mph, which gives riders 5 hours and 38 minutes to complete the route. This will be on the grounds of safety of the rider and other road users when the road is re-opened to the public.
Support Stations
There will be 4 support stations along the course at the following points:
  • Suppport Station 1 - Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit (mile 15)
  • Support Station 2 – Invermoriston (mile 27)
  • Support Station 3 – Wildside Centre (Stratherrick & Foyers Community Trust) in Whitebridge (mile 42)
  • Support Station 4 – between Inverfarigaig and Dores (mile 54.5)
Event Rules
A full list of event rules are listed hereExternalLink.
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
  • 2 filled water bottles 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 for the Etape Loch Ness?
Race packs must be collected on Saturday at event registration.
What if I can't attend registration for the Etape Loch Ness 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 for the Etape Loch Ness?
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 Etape Loch Ness?
All race results and photos will be available at this website: after the event.
Will there be feed stations along the route of the Etape Loch Ness?
Yes, there will be 4 fully-stocked feed stations at the 15, 27, 42, and 54.5 mile marks.
Are there toilets and changing facilities at the Etape Loch Ness?
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 the Etape Loch Ness?
Yes, all participants must be 18 and over on race day to enter.
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Aviation House, 125 Kingsway,

London, WC2B 6NH

Reg number 10083277

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