Entries for Etape Caledonia 2019 have now opened to the public, hot on the wheels of Perth & Kinross Council's decision earlier this week to give new organisers, Limelight Sports, the green light to proceed with what is firmly established as Scotland's premier cycling event.

 The 85-mile sportive was the UK's first and original closed road event when it was launched in 2007. Limelight are encouraging past participants to get back in the saddle on 19th May 2019 to pedal Perthshire on an 85-mile closed road circuit that takes in some of Scotland's most stunning landscapes. A shorter 40-mile route option is also available.

 Charity places at the event start from just £24.99 and the event's official charity partner, Marie Curie, is encouraging riders to fundraise and join their team. Funds raised by participants will help provide free nursing care and support for people living with terminal illness in their own homes or in one of the charity's hospices.

 Marie Curie's Senior Fundraising Product Manager Helen Stevens, said:

 "We are extremely happy to be working with Limelight Sports to continue our relationship with Etape Caledonia as the official charity partner of what is undoubtedly one of Scotland's leading cycling challenge events. Participants are invited to join Team Marie Curie where we will offer support and advice all the way to the finish line.

 "The 85-mile ride offers cyclists a great individual challenge but also the opportunity to help others by raising valuable funds to provide more free nursing care and support to terminally ill people and their families."

 Participants wishing to register for Etape Caledonia and raise money for Marie Curie should visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk  

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Abigail Shepherd