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Article published 15/05/2024

A press release from the orgainsers of Etape Caledonia revealed thousands of cyclists from all over the UK pedalled across the Scottish Highlands at Etape Caledonia 2024 at the weekend (12 May). The race celebrated the 18th edition of the UK’s original closed road sportive and mass participation cycling event.

Organised by new owners Motiv Sports UK, over 4000 cyclists travelled to Pitlochry to take on the annual sportive.

Three route options were, once again available, tailored for both experienced cyclists and for those looking to push their limits including a 40-mile, 55-mile and 85-mile route. These routes include taking on the mighty Schiehallion climb, passing the beautiful banks of Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, and passing through picturesque Highland Perthshire villages.

Participants were able to pedal safely on peaceful closed roads, with cyclists and their supporters enjoying the convivial atmosphere of the mass participation sports event, which has given the economy of Highland Perthshire a significant boost.

Beginning in Pitlochry at 6.30am in the morning from the start line on Atholl Road, the first finishers began arriving back in town at around 8.40am to collect their well-earned medal and enjoy the local hospitality and the festive atmosphere in the Event Village.

A person riding on a bike on a road as part of an outdoor race

Visit the Etape Caledonia website to see who was first over the finish line in each category and, for those looking to participate next year, places for Etape Caledonia 2025 are on sale now.

Many participants were fundraising for a range of charities including Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, The Brain Tumour Charity, Finding Your Feet, SiMBA, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Marie Curie.

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