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Marie Curie Etape Caledonia - The UK's Original Closed-Road Sportive - Announces Date for 2016

by Nick Gregory

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Credited as the UK's first closed-road sportive, the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia has established itself as a bucket list event within the cycling community. Next year the event will celebrate its tenth anniversary and organisers IMG have recently announced it will take place on 8 May 2016. 

One of the marquee events in the UK sportive calendar, the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia is staged in the breath-taking landscape of Highland Perthshire, starting and finishing in the idyllic town of Pitlochry. 

With fundraising an integral part of the event, many cyclists opt to take part in the 81-mile epic on behalf of Marie Curie. Joining the iconic 'Team Marie Curie', more than 1,000 entrants raised over £300,000 for Marie Curie via Charity Pledge Places in 2015 alone. 

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James Robinson, Managing Director of IMG Mass Participation Sports commented: "This event continues to go from strength to strength, enjoying sell-out success and great support from the local community every year. From seasoned club cyclists, to first timers and fundraisers it's a sportive that appeals to all. We're really looking forward to returning to Pitlochry for our tenth edition." 

Selling out general entries in just 58 hours last year, hopeful participants are encouraged to sign up in advance to receive priority booking and guarantee their place on the start line. 

General entries go on sale from 30 September. Sign up now to the priority list and secue your place from 28 September.  

For more information visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk.