Etape Loch Ness 2017

The Etape Loch Ness cycle sportive returns for 20167, with more than 2000 cyclists cycling the 66 mile, 360° closed-road route around the iconic loch.

360° Route Around Loch Ness

Etape Loch Ness starts in Inverness and follows the A82 along the northern side of Loch Ness.  The route passes through the villages of Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston, arriving in Fort Augustus where it crosses the historic Caledonian Canal.  As the cyclists leave Fort Augustus, they take on the most challenging leg of the course – the King of the Mountain – a 4.8 mile climb which rises to 380m in height.  The route then continues around the southern side of the loch, before returning to the Highland capital.

The cyclists have 5 hours and 38 minutes to complete the course, and will start in groups of 200 riders every 2 minutes.  The first wave will leave from Inverness at 06:15.

Etape Loch Ness’ official charity partner is Macmillan Cancer Support.

Come and enjoy the spectacle and atmosphere

If you live in or are visiting the following villages, why not get out and give the riders a cheer as they go past?  It really does make a difference!

  • Drumnadrochit – riders expected through the village between 06:50 – 08:00
  • Invermoriston – riders expected between 07:25 – 09:00
  • Fort Augustus – riders expected between 07:35 – 09:25
  • Foyers / Inverfarigaig – riders expected between 08:10 – 11:00
  • Dores – riders expected between 08:40 – 11:45
  • Inverness – riders expected between 08:55 – 12:30
  • The final 2 miles through Inverness City Centre alongside the River Ness will provide the best vantage points for spectators and at the Event Hub at Eden Court Theatre.
  • We encourage all spectators to come along to the Event Hub to welcome riders home. First riders expected from 09:00 onwards, and the bulk of riders expected between 09:00-13:00.

Road closures

The event route follows the A82 and B862/B852.   You can find out more route information available here.

Information on the road closures can be found here.

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Notes to Editors

Registration for the 2016 Etape Loch Ness is closed, but you can sign up to the event e-news to receive information on future events.