13th May 2012
Britain's first mass closed road cycle race.
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.
First riders over the Garry Bridge 2009.
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
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.
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).
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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