Etape Caledonia closed road cycle race in Highland Perthshire


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Getting ready to start the Etape Race Passing the starting point

Etape Caledonia, 13th May 2012

Britain's first mass closed road cycle race.

Etape Caledonia Finisher's MedalThe Etape Caledonia is an 81 mile cycle challenge starts and finishes in Pitlochry, taking place on traffic-free roads in the stunning scenery of Highland Perthshire.

Open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 80. To ensure that the roads are reopened to the schedule agreed with the authorities, participants will need to maintain an average speed of 13-14mph around the course. This gives at least 6h 15mins to reach the finishing line within the closure window. Even if you are unable to meet this average you can continue on open roads and complete the full circuit.

2009 Etape Caledonia Race coming over The Garry Bridge.

First riders over the Garry Bridge 2009. 


Etape Caledonia is Britain's first closed road cycle race open to the general public. It offers the ordinary cyclists closed roads to cycle on in safety. We are all used to mass participation running races in the form of marathons and half marathons, but there is not equivalent for cyclists until now.

Water hazard at Pitnacree in Highland PerthshireWhy Etape Caledonia? Well 'etape' is the name for a stage as in a stage of the Tour de France cycle race. Caledonia of course refers to Scotland, so what better name can you have for this race.

There are some 25 million people who own bicycles in Britain, so why shouldn’t they have a closed road cycle event where they can have the roads to themselves.

Highland Perthshire - There cannot be anywhere better than here in Highland Perthshire, to cycle, we assure you that you will find the scenery along the route absolutely fabulous. The air is clean, with none of your city high traffic fumes that other parts of Britain and Europe and the world suffer from.

The event is open to all fit individuals between 18 and 80 (who can complete the route at an average speed of 12 mph or 20km per hour).

The course:-
For those who want the marathon length equivalent course there is the 83 mile (134 Km) route which takes you from Pitlochry to Tummel, around Loch Rannoch, around the side of the majestic mountain called Schiehallion (the fairy mountain), down to the Loch Tay and along Strathtay back to Pitlochry.

Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival has developed alongside Etape Caledonia running a whole series of events and activities leading up to Etape Caledonia. It is probably now Scotland's biggest cycling festival.

For more details 

We are looking forward to welcoming Etape Caledonia back to Highland Perthshire in 2011.

Highland Perthshire is the perfect place to cycle the whole year around, we have a dedicated website with loads of details


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