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Boardman to Join Tour de France Co-Presenter Boulting at Etape Caledonia

by Nick Gregory

Chris Boardman has recently confirmed he will take part in the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, one of the UK's premier closed road sportives, alongside his Tour de France co-presenter Ned Boulting. 

Not one to miss out on the action, Boardman will tackle the infamous 'Shehallion' alongside 5,250 participants when he travels to Pitlochery, Scotland to take part in the 81mile sportive on the 11th May. The event, whch was the first closed road cycling event in the UK when it launched seven years ago, takes place just eight weeks before the Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

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Chris Boardman will take on this year's Etape Caledonia

He said: "Sportives are a fantastic way to enjoy spectactular countryside at whatever pace you choose, that's what I love about them. I already spend several months a year in the Highlands for the incredible vistas and great, cycling-friendly roads, so when I was invited to take part in the Etape Caledonia I wasn't going to say no!"

Boardman continued: "The Etape Caledonia is now known as one of the best cycling events in the UK and the fact that is has so many participants each year is testament to that. With heather covered mountain and beautiful lochs surrounding us all day as we head into the Highlands, it's going to be an epic day and I'm really looking forward to it."

"Having ridden the Tour de France and then moved to the 'other side of the fence', I have to confess I prefer the slower side! It's very useful for presenters to see it from the point of view of the fans that will be watching the race. It helps to be able to tailor features and commentary to what they will want to know. Events like this give us that opportunity."

The established Marie Cure Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, now in its eighth year, was the first closed road cycling event in the UK and has been immensely popular in recent years with entries selling out in less than 48 hours as over 5,250 riders raced to gain their spot on the start line. 

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Boardman's co-presenter, Ned Boulting will also take on the challenge

Marie Curie Cancer Care is the official Charity Partner of the Etape Series. Etape Caledonia and Etape Pennines both encourage participants 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. 

Marie Curie Cancer Care Director of Fundraising Fabian French said: "Marie Curie Cancer Care is delighted to be the charity partner for the Etape Series for the third time. We are grateful to all the riders who conquered the Etape challenges over the last two years and fundraised for us. So far, they have raised a fantastic £860,000, which has helped Marie Curie provide 43,000 hours of free nursing care."

Those wishing to enter the event can still get a place via the Etape Double package option which combines entry into the Etape Pennines and Etape Caledonia with a discount of £20. Participants wishing to enter should visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk.