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Etape loch Ness 2023

etape loch ness

23rd April  

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Days

2 & 3 nights

difficulity 

Very Difficult

From

£309

Why Book This Trip?

The Etape Loch Ness is Scotland’s largest closed road cycle sportive taking place around the stunning shores of iconic Loch Ness. The 66-mile (106km) cycle sportive is a fantastic challenge with unrivalled scenery, so whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer looking for your first sportive, don’t miss this awesome event.
Stay with us in Inverness within minutes of the start and the finish of the 2023 Etape Loch Ness Cycle Sportive. You can choose from 2 or 3 nights and longer stays are also available. Guaranteed entry for the event is available when you book one of our hotel packages. Throughout the weekend, you can make use of our mechanic and you can join our guided group rides on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking

Sell-Out event status: This event is very popular and entries sell out. Guarantee your entry with Sportive Breaks

Fully closed roads: Enjoy riding on traffic free roads around Loch Ness

Guided warm-up rides: Join us on Friday and Saturday for guided warm-up rides around Loch Ness.

Circular route: A 360° route alongside Loch Ness taking in some of the country’s most stunning scenery

Stay in Inverness near the start and finish: Hotel stay in Inverness for 2 or 3 nights at less than a mile from the start and finish

What's Included?

Accommodation

Hotel Glen Mhor in Inverness

Meals Included

Breakfast and Dinner

Transfers

Pre-event ride on Friday and Saturday

Mechanic

Available all weekend

Additional Extra - Sportive Entry

Guaranteed Entry at £72

Highlights from the Past Event

Itinerary

Day To Day

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel in Inverness today. Our team will be available to meet you at the hotel.

Our hotel
A stay at the Glen Mhor Hotel is more than just a room for the night. Located in the heart of Inverness, celebrate the rich heritage, beautiful setting and charming traditions of the local area. The hotel’s 110 bedrooms are set across 10 beautiful Victorian buildings, 11 self-contained apartments and a luxurious 4-bedroom River Ness Villa.

What about my bike?
Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with building your own bike after travel. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel, either inside your room or in the outdoor, covered bike store. Please note that the hotel does not have a lift.
This afternoon and early evening, our tour leader and bike mechanic are available for you.

Guided ride

Arrive before 14.00 and join us for our guided ride. To avoid the traffic, we will transport you and your bike out of Inverness and we will enjoy a guided ride in the beautiful Scottish countryside. Route will be confirmed soon and we expect the ride to take 3 – 4 hours.

Evening meal at the hotel

All participants MUST attend registration to collect their rider pack on Saturday 22 April 2023 (10.00 – 19.00) at the Event Hub, Northern Meeting Park, Inverness, IV3 5NS.
Please remember to bring photo ID with you when you collect your rider pack. Please note there is strictly no registration on Sunday morning.
During Registration there will be free mechanical support, official merchandise, food & drink and other stands available.

There will be lots going on at the Event Hub over the event weekend so why not stay awhile to browse and eat!

  • Grab any last-minute essentials for the ride
  • Mouth-watering selection of street food, coffee and cakes from local Highland food producers
  • Pop-up bars from a local craft brewery and distillery
  • Mechanical support and a cleaning & lube station on Saturday to assist with any last minute tweaks or any unforeseen mechanical issues
  • Post-event massage on Sunday
  • During Registration there will be free mechanical support, official merchandise, food & drink and other stands available

Guided ride

Available for everyone who arrived yesterday. If you arrive today then please arrive before 14.00 and join us for our guided ride. To avoid the traffic, we will transport you and your bike out of Inverness and we will enjoy a guided ride in the beautiful Scottish countryside. Route will be confirmed soon and we expect the ride to take 3 – 4 hours.

Evening meal at the hotel

The start and finish of the event today will be near out hotel so it’s easy to get to and from the finish. Distance is less than 1 mile.
Participants will be split into 4 waves (A-D) based on your estimated finish time. You will receive an email with your specific start wave (A-D) and your allocated time to arrive at your start holding area.
This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel. We’ll be back at the hotel in the afternoon.

Evening meal at the hotel.

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After breakfast, please make your own arrangements to check out and depart.

More About the Event

Starting and finishing in the historic Highland capital of Inverness, riders can enjoy cycling on closed roads on a 360° route alongside the loch taking in some of the country’s most stunning scenery.

There is a timed King of the Mountain stage with a 4.8-mile (9km) climb gaining 380m in height and reaching a gradient of 12% at times. A record 6100 riders took part in this exciting event in 2022, with general entry selling out in just 36 hours. The 2023 date is Sunday 23rd April.

Entry includes:

  • Unrivalled scenery on closed roads
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Event Giveaway
  • Electronic timing
  • Mechanical support
  • Support stations along the route
  • King of the Mountain split time
  • Downloadable finisher’s certificate

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We have a team of highly experienced professionals who have been organising cycling trips for over 25 years. We are members of ABTA and ATOL so book with confidence.

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Logistics covered

We know the routes, we know the roads. We know how the event works and the best hotels for the start and finish. We organise everything for you; transfers, bike transport, additional feed stops, rep support and more.

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