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Explore the Stunning Scottish Highlands - Closed Road Etape Loch Ness Returns in 2015

by Nick Gregory

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The picturesque scenery around Loch Ness will once again be filled with thousands of cyclists for one of Scotland's biggest cycling events - Etape Loch Ness - on Sunday 26 April 2015. 

The 67-mile sportive, which takes place on closed roads, will see amateur and experienced cyclists from the UK circling the iconic loch on a stunning 360o course, starting and finishing in central Inverness. 

The route will see cyclists taking in some incredible scenery along the route including the villages of Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston and Fort Augustus, as well as experiencing some of the most thrilling cycling in the Highlands. 



Apart from the opportunity to visit one of the world's best known destinations, with its breath-taking scenery and the centuries-old myth and mystery of the Loch Ness monster riders will enjoy the pleasure of riding on closed roads in an event that offers finisher's medals, a goody bag, electronic timing, mechanical support and feed stations along the route. 

Approximately 35 miles into the route, as riders leave Fort Augustus, there is a 4.8 mile (9km) climb gaining 380m in height and, at times, reaching a gradient reaching 12%. This will act as the King of the Mountains Challenge, for which all participants will receive a split time included in the results. 

If you're making a weekend of it there's plenty to do and see in the surrounding area including the Loch Ness Brewery, which has a great core range of beers. They don't pretend to do anything unique, but they are incredibly proud of their beers and are sure you will find one or two that you just can't get enough of. 

Alternatively, a forty five minute drive from Drumndadrochit is Glen Affric, a National Nature Reserve often claimed to be the most beautiful of all the Scottish glens. It's a classic landscape of perfectly-placed lochs, mountains and a wonderful mix of pine, birch and oak trees. The woodland is one of the best examples of the Caledonian Forest that once covered much of Scotland. 



Speaking after the Etape Loch Ness' inaugural edition last year, Event Director, Malcolm Sutherland said: "To see over 1,000 riders cycling along the route of this iconic landmark and against the backdrop of some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland was absolutely incredible." 

Sutherland continued: "The feedback we have received from participants has been really encouraging. They have been raving about the route, the organisation, and the support from the public and we're delighted to have got off on such a strong footing." 

Further information about Etape Loch Ness is available at and regular updates will appear on social media through Twitter @EtapeLochNess and Facebook at

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