Returning for 2017 the Etape Royale is a closed-road cycle sportive set in the regal surroundings of Scotland's majestic North East. Choose from 100 miles closed road route or 50 mile part closed road route through the heart of whisky country and Royal Deeside.
The Etape Royale is the first and only 100 mile Closed Road Cycle Sportive in 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 two routes to choose from: 100 or 50 mile routes routes starting in Ballater. The Royale has panoramic views of wild open landscape and both 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.
September 10th promises to be a spectacular and memorable day so register today for your cycling goal of 2017.
From everyone at Ecosse Northboats, we want to thank everyone involved for a really wonderful event. The organisation was first class and everything went smoothly on the day. I think if the weather hadn't been so good it could have been a hard going 100 miles but that said, there was still enough support to make it bearable. There was no shortage of warning signs and plenty of marshals waving flags and offering advice, far more than you see from many other events. The food stops were excellent, well managed and the snacks were very enjoyable. There was lots of friendly chat and encouragement plus the mechanics were a welcome addition (one of our group needed their services at Tomintoul)! The start was efficient, however, we were in different start waves, even though we'd put down the same team name. This was frustrating at first but we weren't looking to go quick and we're happy to start in a later wave. At the finish, there were adequate facilities and the addition of the bouncy castle was great for kids. There could have been a couple of signs to show the way back to the carpark and exit of Ballater, but a couple of us getting confused was probably more down to our tiredness! A word to all the spectators who were out cheering and waving of homemade banners, they are a massive help to riders and lovely to see them, especially as the ride may inconvenience many of them as we pass by. We hope the ride returns next year as it is a great way to finish off the season, and we will be looking to enter again. Thanks again,Pete Lowson, Ecosse Northboats
One of the best events I've ever done. Extremely well organised from registration right up to the finish. If you've done any road events in the UK you will know the roads aren't generally the best. The route on this, however was very impressive with only a few rough patches. The scenery was beautiful and how the route progressed from a fast easy start, getting harder and steeper until the epic hills at the end was brilliant. I have already registered for next year. Loved it.Ruaridh Wedgewood
Absolutely first class event. Echoing other people's reviews; the organisation, marshalling, feed stops were all brilliant not to mention the local supporters who turned out in force across the entire route. Double leg cramp going up the Lecht ruined my time but the soup and pie at the top were very welcome and pushed me to the finish. The sunrise over Tarland was epic. Same weather for next year!Grant Hamilton
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This footage of the 2016 Etape Royale was put together for us by Eilidh Gow and was filmed from a camera on Rob Wainwright's bike.
Mark Beaumont tackled the Etape Royale 100 mile route on a Pennyfarthing and it was filmed for the Adventure Show.