Set to be the biggest ETAPE Caledonia ever held, this Sunday (September 19), the cycle race is reversing its usual route with road closures planned throughout the day.
Starting in Pitlochry, the race is moving clockwise throughout Highland Perthshire, first it passes through Aberfeldy, then onto Fortingall, around Kinloch Rannoch, through Tummel Bridge and finally ends just outside the Pitlochry’s town.
More than 6,000 participants are expected to take part in this year’s event after the race was cancelled last year.
James Robinson, managing director at Limelight Sports Club, said: “We are all really looking forward to seeing everyone come together once again to take in the beauty of Highland Perthshire in Autumn and enjoy its much-missed hospitality.
“Over the years, participants have suggested to us the possibility of doing the route in reverse. Now, thanks to this rather exceptional and unusual combination of potatoes and a pandemic, this year’s participants will be able to take advantage of that once in a lifetime opportunity to cycle the route in reverse.”
Below is a list of all the road closures expected to take place this Sunday:
(Sector 1) Pitlochry to Ballinluig – 05:30 – 9:00
(Sector 2) Ballinluig to Grandtully – 5:30 – 9:30
(Sector 3) Grandtully to Weem – 06:00 – 10:30
(Sector 4) Weem to Dull – 06:00 – 10:30
(Sector 5) Dull to Fortingall – 06:00 – 10:30
(Sector 6) Fortingall to Coshieville – 6:00 – 10:30
(Sector 7) Coshieville to the Braes Lodge junction – 06:00 – 11:15
(Sector 8) Braes Lodge junction to Craigh na Dun – 06:30 – 11:15
(Sector 9) Craigh na Dun to Bridge of Gaur – 07:00 – 12:25
(Sector 10) Bridge of Gaur to Kinloch Rannoch – 07:30 – 13:00
(Sector 11) Kinloch Rannoch to Tummel Bridge – 08:00 – 14:00
(Sector 12) The Braes Lodge junction to Tummel Bridge – 06:30 – 14:00
(Sector 13) Tummel Bridge to the A9 – 07:30 – 14:30
(Sector 14) A9 to Pitlochry 07:30 – 15:00
Participants will be setting off from the Pitlochry Recreation Ground which is also where premium cyclists will be parking.
A spokesperson for Etape Caledonia explained: “The car park at Pitlochry Recreation Ground will be clearly signed from the A9. The post code is PH16 5BX. If you have not paid in advance, parking will be charged at £6 on exit.”
The event will also be taking COVID-19 precautions throughout the day, including social distancing, hand sanitation, track and trace, wave times, lateral flow tests as well as a health declaration.
Participants will be starting at different times of the day to help spread out the number of cyclists on the road throughout the day.
Each wave starts as below:
Wave A 07:00 Starting from 500 – 809
Wave B 07:06 Starting from 810 – 1999
Wave C 07:16 Starting from 2000 – 3499
Wave D 07:30 Starting from 3500 – 4949
Wave E 07:44 Starting from 5000 – 6049
Mr Robinson added: “Etape Caledonia is the UK’s original closed road cycling event and we hope all of the participants enjoy this unique experience being part of this challenging and exciting sportive in this once-in-a-lifetime format.”
More information can be found on: https://www.Etapecaledonia.co.uk/participant-info