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The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia – One of the UK’s most spectacular sportives
The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia returns to the Scottish Highlands in May 2017, bigger and better than ever before for its 11th year. Complete with a brand new and exciting Event Village, the beautiful Scottish town of Pitlochry will welcome over 5,000 cyclists for a weekend filled with celebration, camaraderie and of course, cycling.
The event takes part on Sunday May 21st and there are still a few places left. So if like us, these pictures of the course are enticing you, head to www.etapecaledonia.co.uk before it’s too late and nab an entry.
One of the UK’s most spectacular sportives, the event offers 81 miles of breath taking natural scenery matched by no other. Set in the heart of the stunning Highland Perthshire, cyclists enjoy panoramic views of rolling hills, snow covered mountains and Loch’s Rannoch and Tummel whilst cycling down closed roads.
This beautiful natural scenery coupled with the challenging route and fantastic support from the local community ensure that this event really is one not to miss. Entrants travel from afar to put themselves to the test – including British cycling legend Chris Boardman MBE – which includes a tough climb up the renowned Schiehallion amongst other climbs and descending hills.
The event appeals to a wide range of cyclists, whether a beginner looking to get into cycling or a seasoned cyclist assessing where they’re at for the start of the season, the event welcomes all. From recreational to club riders, not to mention hundreds of charity fundraisers. Money is raised for terminal illness charity Marie Curie who are partnered with the event for the 6th year in a row, with the aim to raise £260,000.
Participants can enter as either a Marie Curie Gold Bond Pledge Place and commit to raising £650 for Marie Curie, with the incentive of earning Team Marie Curie jersey, bib shorts and gilet. Alternatively, is the Marie Curie Pledge Place for which they commit to raise £350 and receive the Team jersey. Funds raised will go towards care and to support for people living with terminal illness, as well as their families.
Entries are on sale now but are limited – please visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk to book your place or to find out more information.
The Women’s Sports Magazine
Credit: Landscape photographer Mikael Buck captured The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia route in all its glory ahead of its return to the Scottish Highlands in May 2017. Tickets can be purchased at www.etapecaledonia.co.uk