Funding supports pedal power

EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s events directorate, has this month announced that two major cycling events in the Highlands have been given a financial boost for 2016.

Etape Loch Ness, a 66 mile route around the iconic Loch Ness, has been awarded £10,900. Strathpuffer 24, a 24 hour test of endurance, has been awarded £5,500.

Etape Loch Ness
Etape Loch Ness is a cycle sportive following a 66-mile/106km closed-road route around Loch Ness, starting and finishing in Inverness. An independent study found that the 2015 sportive delivered a £743,000 economic boost to the Highlands.

A total of 3,328 riders entered the 2015 event – ranging from elite and club cyclists, to newcomers and charity fundraisers. Over two thirds came from outside the Highlands.

VisitScotland’s funding will support marketing and social media campaigns. The organisers aim to grow and develop Etape Loch Ness to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading cycle sportives.

Strathpuffer 24
The Strathpuffer is a winter 24-hour cross country mountain-bike race open to male, female and mixed teams with categories for solo, pairs and quads between the ages of 16 and 80. It attracted 800 bikers in 2015.

The ‘Puffer aims to encourage visitors to the region, and to experience other cycling areas away from main well-known sites by showing them a wilder, oft-unseen side of the Highlands. This will enhance Scotland’s reputation as a world-class cycling destination.

VisitScotland’s funding will go towards upgrades and infrastructure improvements in order to increase competitor capacity.

And more…
Scotland has proved its worth on the world stage as a deliverer of major events. We continue to exploit that reputation across the world with new events being confirmed every month. More than just entertainment, they represent a multi-million pound opportunity to boost jobs and deliver cultural and social benefits. 

To find out more about the EventScotland funding programmes please visit



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