This year's Etape Loch Ness sportive has been postponed until late summer, organisers have confirmed.
Originally set to take place on 25 April, ongoing Coronavirus restrictions have forced the organisers to reschedule. All being well, the Etape will now take place on Sunday 22 August 2021.
A statement from event director Malcolm Sutherland on the Etape website confirms:
"It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to postpone the 2021 Etape Loch Ness due to take place on 25 April. The rescheduled event will now take place on 22 August 2021.
"We have been monitoring the situation very closely over the last few weeks and following consultation with government agencies, local authorities and emergency services, it is clear that due to the current COVID-19 situation and the ongoing level of restrictions in the UK, an event of this size cannot go ahead in April.
"We are very saddened to have to postpone the event again and we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from our stakeholders, event partners and our local community."
Entrants have been notified of the change by email, and will have their place automatically transferred to the new date.
Refunds or the option to transfer entry to 2022 or to another rider will be offered for those unable to make it in August.
Based in the Highland capital Inverness, the popular closed road sportive takes riders on a 66-mile (106km) loop of the famous Loch. Along the way entrants can tackle a timed KOM challenge over a 9km climb.
Find out more at www.etapelochness.com.