Etape Loch Ness 2014
Scotland’s iconic Loch Ness will be the setting for a monster cycling event - Etape Loch Ness. The event will welcome 1,250 cyclists to take part in the 67-mile cycle sportive, which is open to both novices and experienced riders.
It will take place on traffic-free roads around the banks of Loch Ness on 4 May, 2014. The timed challenge not only offers a thrilling ride, but the route will also treat cyclists to views of some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.
The event will begin in central Inverness, with cyclists being taken on a whirlwind tour as they cover ground in picturesque villages including Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston and Fort Augustus.
Participants will be tested to their limits as they take on the ‘King of the Mountain’ stage - the most challenging hill climb of the entire course which extends 8km and towers 380m in height.
- Cyclists will also be able to spot sights such as the world-famous Urquhart Castle, the historic 19th century Caledonian Canal – and maybe even Nessie.
- The terrain around the loch throws up plenty of challenging inclines as well as several descents where cyclists can sit back and enjoy the scenery which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the area every year.