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Etape Loch Ness: Ride in search of a mythical monster in the Scottish Highlands on this must-do sportive

Take on a truly stunning 106km route next spring at the Etape Loch Ness

30 Sep 2019

The Etape Loch Ness sportive is back and next year will roll out of Inverness on 26th April 2020. This sportive will give riders from near and far the chance to try and spot Nessie - even if she was recently reported to just be a large eel. Even without spotting the monster herself, the 106km sportive will give riders a day out on the bike in stunning surroundings.

The 106km route is on fully closed roads in a fantastic part of the ever-stunning Scottish Highlands. Traffic-free rides are hard to come by anywhere in the UK and even less common in such a picturesque area.

Every year, huge numbers of tourists flock to the loch in the hope of spotting the mythical creature known as the Loch Ness Monster.

The centuries old myth may have been busted by modern technology which assures us that nothing other-worldly lives below the water, but that doesn't stop people making the journey deep into the Highlands - and now you can too on this fantastic sportive.

Etape Loch Ness: Key information

Date: 26th April 2020  
Location: Start and finish in Inversness, ride around Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands  
Distance: 66-miles / 106km  

Entries: Register now for priority entry -

Laird of the Loch and King of the Mountain

After the start in Inverness, the closed-road sportive heads out into the roads and lanes of the Scottish highlands for a 360° route alongside the loch itself. The highlight of the day - for those wanting to add a competitive element to their sportive - is the timed King of the Mountain segment: a 9km climb gaining 380m with gradients of 12%.

Regardless of whether riders choose to race this segment, the Etape Loch Ness offers a fantastic challenge with unrivalled scenery on closed roads. This event will suit you whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer looking to take on your first sportive.

The route is a challenge but accessible to newcomers too, and the scenery will take riders' attention away from their tired legs. Don’t miss this awesome event.

Last year, nearly 6000 riders took part in this exciting event and entry sold out in just 52 hours, so register your interest now to receive priority entry for the 2020 Etape Loch Ness: 

Entries: Register now for priority entry -