Essential information concerning your preparation for the 2016 Marie Curie Etape Caledonia




Where to collect from?

Event Village in the centre of Pitlochry. This will be clearly signposted.

When to collect?

18:00 – 21:00 on Friday 6th or 09:00 – 20:00 on Saturday 7th May 2016. You cannot collect on the day of the event.

How to collect?

Simply show your ID and confirmation email. If collecting for a friend you’ll need a signed letter of approval.



To get to event registration and the start finish area please direct yourself to Pitlochry – PH16 5BX. Pitlochry is 26 miles north of Perth on the main A9 trunk road to Inverness. The A9 links with the motorway network at Perth giving easy access from the south. If you don’t have a sat nav then we advise you use the AA Route Planner or Google Maps to plan your journey. 

Whilst most people choose to ride to the start line on the day of the event, if you wish to drive then please be aware of the possible road closures that may be in place.

For the event day on Sunday 8th May the car parking will be open from 04:30 – 18:00 and vehicles are charged a £5.00 parking fee. This will be able to be pre-booked closer to the event.

A full list of road closures can be viewed here.


Pitlochry has a mainline railway station with direct services from London and additional connections via Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

National Rail or The Train Line are both good websites to book your tickets in advance.

Make sure you check whether the company you book with will allow you to carry your bike on the train before you book.  


The nearest airport is Edinburgh, 68 miles away, offering services throughout the UK and Europe.  



Accommodation gets extremely busy on the weekend of Marie Curie Etape Caledonia. We advise you to book as soon as possible once entered to secure a room for the night. If you are visiting for the first time, you may want to think about extending your stay to more than one day and one night.

To find local hotels, B&B’s, hostels, guest houses and camping sites please click here.


To find great restaurants and bars during your stay click here.


There’s more than just cycling on offer on the weekend of Etape Caledonia, click here to find out more.


If Etape Caledonia isn’t enough, click here to discover more stunning cycling routes in the local area.


On The Day



  • Road legal bicycle (road, mountain and hybrid bikes are all allowed)
  • Safety Certified Helmet
  • Appropriate clothing – prepare for all weather types!
  • Water and energy drinks
  • High energy snacks
  • Spare equipment – small pump, inner tubes and repair kit


Your race numbers must be worn at all times for safety purposes. You will be given 3 versions of your race number in your race pack. One sticker must be placed on the front of your helmet, the other sticker on the front of your bike and the larger Race Number must be worn on your back. You can either use a race belt or safety pins for the larger number.

Failing to wear all three race numbers correctly can lead to removal from the event.


Please note that it will not be possible to collect your race pack on the day of the event. You will be able to collect it from the Event Village in the centre of Pitlochry (clearly signposted on arrival) on the Friday or Saturday before the event.

Please remember to bring photo ID when you collect your race pack. If someone is collecting your race pack on your behalf please provide them with a signed letter to give to us.



Road closures and parking suspensions occur in Pitlochry and surrounding areas as a result of the event taking place. If participants intend to drive to the event they must park in the event car park, clearly signposted when you arrive in Pitlochry. 

Click here to book your parking spot.


The first wave of the day will set off shortly after sunrise around 6.30am. Subsequent waves will be released every few minutes.

Your wave allocation, specific start time and race number is now available to view.


To ensure that the roads are reopened to the schedule agreed with the authorities, participants will need to maintain an average speed of 13mph around the course. This gives at least 6 hours and 15 minutes to reach the finishing line within the closure window. Even if you are unable to meet this average speed you can continue on open roads and complete the full circuit.


We want to reduce the amount of litter. 

There will be a number of clearly signed ‘Litter Zones’ dotted along the route. Those seen littering outside of these zones will have their timing chip removed and will be disqualified from the event.


Etape Caledonia is open to individuals between the ages of 18 - 80.


If you are keen to volunteer, or know someone who is, please click here for further information.


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Post Event

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Personal Medal

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Personal Race Photos

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Our 2016 shop is now open! Kit yourself out in our official cap, jersey and bibshorts.




Find out what taking part in the Marie Curie Etape Calendonia is really like.


Training Rides

We have created five training rides local to Highland Perthshire so you can prepare for the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia, take in the breath-taking views and experience the warmth and hospitality of the local people.

As well as the official event route, there are numerous other great training rides to try out which will give you a completely different perspective of the cycling mecca that is Highland Perthshire


Race Info Guide

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