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The Etape Loch Ness is a great 106km 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.

How to enter the Etape Loch Ness

  1. Etape Loch Ness

    Bike 106km
    £65
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Etape Loch Ness route

Etape Loch Ness

The Etape Loch Ness is a closed-road 106km route, offering 900 m of ascent, that starts along the riverside at Bught Park.

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.

King of the Mountain

The King of the Mountain is a 9km 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.

This is entirely optional.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Event Giveaway
  • Electronic chip-timing
  • Mechanical support
  • Feed stations along the route
  • King of the Mountain time trial (optional)
  • Finisher's certificate (downloadable post event)
Raceday Logistics

Schedule:

Saturday

10.00-19.00 Registration open

Sunday

06:15-06:53 Start of the Etape Loch Ness

09:00-13:00 Participants expected across the finish line

10:45 Prize-giving at the Event Hub

Participants will be set off in start waves which will be communicated to them prior to race day.

*All participants must attend registration on Saturday to collect their event pack. Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

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
Spectators

The final 2 miles through Inverness alongside the River Ness provide the best vantage points for spectators and at the Event Hub at Eden Court Theatre.

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

Volunteers

Volunteers are a crucial part of the running of these events and are truly valued.

For more information on volunteering please email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

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: https://www.etapelochness.com/rider-zone/times-and-photos/ 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 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.

Etape Loch Ness weather forecast

11°C
Predicted highs
6°C
Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 11mph

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