The 2019 Etape Caledonia is the thirteenth year of this well known closed road sportive, which is open to up to 5,000 participants. Credited as being the first closed roads sportive in the UK, the 85 mile route (134km) takes in the beauty of Perthshire through forest line roads and rolling hills and is a memorable day on a bike.
The 2019 edition is organised by Limelight Sports, who have taken over the event from IMG. They had hoped to increase the length of the route to 100 miles but it was met by local opposition to having more roads closed.
Starting and finishing in Pitlochry, the highlights of the route include the beautiful Lochs Tummel and Ranoch and the famous climb of Schiehallion. Total climbing on the 85 mile route is 1,630 metres (5,347 feet).
There is also a considerably less challenging 40 mile route, which avoids the climb of Schiehallion.
There is a strong charity fund raising element to the event with Marie Curie the most widely supported charity among Etape Caledonia participants.
The fastest recorded time for the 2018 Etape Caledonia was Jeremy Honor who completed in 3:40:13. 2,208 riders completed the 85 mile route while 339 completed the 40 mile route (winning time was Lukasz Olejnik in 2:00:04). The slowest time for the 85 mile route was 7:25:02.
Read our reports on past editions of the Etape Caledonia: