Etape Caledonia is an incredibly popular closed road bike race around some of the most spectacular scenery in Highland Perthshire. Over 5000 competitors take part in the event scheduled for early May each year. The Etape is a time trial event, starting and finishing in Pitlochry. The total distance is 121km and the route takes in some classic Highland Perthshire scenery and landmarks including Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch, Schiehallion, Fortingal, Aberfeldy and Strathtay. The steep climb up past Schiehallion helps take the total ascent to 1196m – rather you than me! A well run event bringing thousands of cyclists to Highland Perthshire each year. Here’s a shot of Pitlochry High Street at 6am on race day – bonkers.
If you are staying with us at Knockendarroch at another time of the year but wish to have a go at the Etape route, you can download the route map here.
Escape Route is our excellent local bike and outdoor shop in Pitlochry. They will be able to help with all things bike related including bike hire, sales and servicing.
If you are looking to improve your road and race skills before next year’s Etape Caledonia, you might want to check out the training rides offered by Scot Tares at Skinny Tyres. Well worth a look.