Who's doing the Etape Caledonia?
Depends what you want from an event.
To ride with other riders who seem intent on taking you out at every opportunity you probably wont get much better this side of cycle speedway.
If you want a cracking road ride on quiet scenic roads with good people. Snow roads audax.
Very different events but i know where id rather be.Posted 4 years ago
depends what sort of event you want.
Bealach na Ba? Loch Ness sportive (did it several years ago as a MTB 360).
I considered it (the Etape) but even setting aside the cost, not sure I’d enjoy my personal space being invaded that much (and don’t reckon I’d put in a decent enough time to have a warm feeling about it..)Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriber
Great fun. Possibly the only time you’ll get to ride with 5,000 other folk. The locals all come out and support it and it’s great to be cheered along as you go. The segment round Loch Rannoch can be a bit exposed and into an awful headwind on the way out but it’s otherwise a nice route. There are a couple of little “stinger” climbs in the last bit from Logierait though and make sure you are in a low gear when you turn up and left, away from the hotel.
I’ve done it twice. The first was the “Etack Caledonia” event and I got severely chilled at the top of the Schiehallion climb as they waited to make sure it was safe to continue. The following year I managed round in a respectable 4h13m.
It is, however, a bit expensive and be aware that none of your entry fee is going to charity – it all goes to the event organisers.
If there’s an STW “recce” ride, I’d be well up for coming along.Posted 4 years agoOmar LittleMember
I’ll be doing it – one of my favourite days of the year. In terms of atmosphere and big event feel its more like the big continental sportives than most in the UK and while expensive i never feel like its been a waste of money.
The standard of riding isnt IME that bad either. Last couple of years i’ve been in the A and B waves and the riding has been better than the average 3rd and 4th cat race.Posted 4 years agocu dubhSubscriber
The 2014 version will be my third time. I enjoyed the first two. I expect to do so again. It is a strange experience riding with so many people on closed roads. I like the route but it may not be to everybody’s taste. If it doesn’t appeal then feel free to ignore it.Posted 4 years ago
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