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Entry Now Open for Marie Curie Etape Caledonia 2016

by Nick Gregory

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General entries are on sale today for the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia 2016. However, with 3,000 places already taken following the 48 hour priority booking period, hopeful participants will need to act fast to secure a place. 

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2016, the event was the UK's first ever closed road sportive and marks one of the most eagerly-awaited weekends in the Scottish cycling calendar. It's challenging route, with breath-taking views and an incredible atmosphere, making it a must-do for any sportive enthusiast. 

With the idyllic town of Pitlochry welcoming cyclists from across the UK and beyond, the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia is set in the heart of the stunning Perthshire HIghlands. The route takes in the beauty of Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch, before approaching the famous climb of Schiehallion with panoramic views across the valley. 

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Participants of varying ages and cycling experience take part in the event year after year to take on the 81-mile course. From club riders to recreational cyclists and thousands of charity fundraisers, the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia appeals to a diverse range of entrants, producing great comradery amongst its 5,000 riders. 

Fundraisers play an integral role in the event, with many donning the yellow jerseys of 'Team Marie Curie' to raise vitally important funds to help people living with a terminal illness and their families across the local area and throughout the UK. In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 fundraisers contributed £300,000 through Charity Pledge Places. 

James Wright from Marie Curie commented: "In 2013/14 Marie Curie supported 40,844 terminally ill people across the UK and we couldn't do that without generous support from events such as the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia. We'd encourage anyone interested to sign up now and secure their spot." 

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Andy Knee, Managing Director of Mass Participation Sports at IMG, commented: "This event, which was the UK's first closed road cycling sportive, has grown from strength to strength since it was first staged in 2006, selling out every year. We anticipate next year's tenth anniversary edition being equally popular, and have already had an impressive number of cyclists sign-up."  

For more information and to enter, visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk.