Cyclists are being urged to get in gear and sign up for this year’s Etape Caledonia before the last few spaces sell out. There are now under 100 slots left in the 40-mile race category and organisers, Limelight Sports, are warning potential participants to register now to avoid disappointment.

Once these general entry places are sold out there are still charity places available starting 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.

The event is the UK’s first and original closed road sportive and has attracted over 40,000 cyclists to the Highland Perthshire area since its launch in 2007. With two distances, an 85-mile circuit and the shorter 40-mile route option, the event is accessible to a range of cycling ability levels as well as offering cyclists the opportunity to take in some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes.

Limelight are encouraging past participants as well as those new to the event to get back in the saddle for the sportive on May 19, 2019 and sign up sooner rather than later.

Craig Dews, CEO at Limelight Sports, said: “Etape Caledonia is proving yet again that it is one of the most exciting closed road sportives in the UK with spaces filling up quickly for the event. I would like to urge anyone interested in participating to saddle up and register soon. In particular, we are encouraging riders who have completed the route before to return and enjoy the event once again. Don’t miss out!”

For a place on the 40-mile circuit, slots cost £45 and £79.99 for a place on the 85-mile route. To register for Etape Caledonia 2019 visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk