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Quilter Cheviot Etape Royale

Etape Royale

September 10 2017
Ballater, Scotland, UK
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Distances: 45, 65, 100 miles
Difficulty: Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills

The Etape Royale is the first and only 100 mile Closed Road cycle sportive Scotland.

The Royale really is the King of the Road so take part on 10th September, celebrate the spirit of Scotland’s majestic North East and make the Royale the ultimate finale of your season.

Pedal through Moray’s famous Whisky Country before testing your stamina with an alpine climb over one of the highest roads in the UK. Catch your breath at The Lecht Ski Resort before descending into Aberdeenshire’s Royal Deeside.

The Etape Royale featured on ITV’s “The Cycle Show” when Mark Beaumont tested the entire 100 miles on a Penny Farthing. It’s all about the journey with three routes to choose from: the 100 mile circular route (starting in Ballater), the 65 mile linear route (which begins in Rhynie) and the 45 mile linear route, (setting off from Dufftown). The Royale has panoramic views of wild open landscape and all routes finish in Ballater where a warm welcome awaits participants and friends with a festival atmosphere of music and entertainment planned for the whole weekend.

The Royal Burgh of Ballater and the surrounding area has much to offer for new visitors and returning friends alike and David Fox-Pitt of WildFox Events, the challenge events company behind this sportive, is thrilled to be working with the local community once again following the success of last year’s event.

September 10th promises to be a spectacular and memorable day so register today for your cycling goal of 2017.

Quilter Cheviot Etape Royale

Start Located At: Ballater, Scotland
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100 mile route - Participants will start in wave intervals from 6am to 6.30am (TBC)
65 mile route - Participants will have a rolling start from 8am to 8.30am (TBC)
45 mile route - Participants will have a rolling start from 8.30am to 9am (TBC)
There will be a bag drop available near the start line in Rhynie and Dufftown. Bags can be collected in Ballater once you finish.


With 45, 65 or 100 miles to cover this will be tough and energy-sapping event. You must equip yourself with full drinks bottles and energy food before you start. 
There will be mechanical support provided at the event hub in the centre of Ballater on Saturday 9th September.
Portable toilets will be available at the event hub throughout the event weekend. On the route there will be toilets at each feed station
All participants will be given a timing chip sticker to attach to their bike helmet.
We will be working closely with all emergency services to ensure the safety of the event and medical provision will be provided by event medical specialists.
The Etape Royale 100 mile route takes place on closed roads.
Massage will be available for participants at the finish line. 
Official event photos

Packet Pickups

All participants in the 45, 65 and 100 mile routes MUST collect their registration pack in person from the event hub in Ballater on Saturday 9th September.

Prize / Race Categories

Prizes for the 1st placed man and woman in the 100, 65 and 45 mile routes.

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Changing Rooms
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
SAG Wagon
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Closed Roads
Course Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Sep 10 2017 - EVENT: Etape Royale