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Etape Caledonia 2014 Sells Out in Eight Hours - Etape Pennines Places Still Available

by Nick Gregory

General entries for Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia have sold out in just eight hours as over 5,250 cycling enthusiasts secure a place at the start line of the UK's premier closed road sportive. 

Prospective participants who failed to secure a place at the Highland Perthshire event need not hang up their cycling shoes as there are a limited number places available for a new package entry option. 

Dubbed the 'Etape Doublé', the package option rewards participants with a 15% discount for entering both Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia and Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines. This option is available via either event website. 

For those seeking a thrilling challenge later in the year, general entries remain open to the Marie Cure Cancer Care Etape Pennines, one of the most exhilarating and inspirational events on the sportive calendar. The event has established itself as one of the UK's most challenging sportives, taking participants to the extreme of their physical ability and rewarding them with some of the most incredible views and downhill sections on the event calendar.

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New for 2014, the event will move from its usual October date and take place on 20th July. A new 60 mile route has also been proposed that includes over 2,300 meters of uphill climbing and passes through some of the North East's most scenic locations. Although it is shorter than in 2013, the 2014 route remains equally challenging and the event continues to live up to its reputation as one of the UK's toughest sportives. 

Participants wishing to register for Etape Pennines should visit www.etapepennines.co.uk

Charity pledge places are available for both Etape Series events to raise money for charity partner, Marie Curie Cancer Care. In 2013, close to half a million pounds was raised by Etape Series participants for the charity.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is the Official Charity Partner of the Etape Series. Riders of the Etape Caledonia and Etape Pennines are encouraged to raise vital funds which enable Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free Nursing care and support to terminally ill people and their families in communities across the UK. 

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Director of Fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care Fabian French said: "We are thrilled to hear that the Etape Caledonia has once again sold out at great speed and we look forward to welcoming those choosing to fundraise to our Daffodil Team. All funds raised will allow our nurses to provide more free nursing care to people across Scotland and the rest of the UK." 

James Robinson, Managing Director of IMG Challenger World said: "Cyclists are spoilt for choice in 2014 with two fantastic Etape events taking place on inspiring courses in wonderful locations. The events are growing in popularity year by year and the incredibly quick sell-out of Etape Caledonia shows demand for the inspirational closed road courses Etape Series delivers is greater than ever. We encourage all those who have missed out on a spot to consider Etape Pennines as an alternative challenge for 2014, or the Etape Double package to gain discounted entry to both Etape series events." 

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