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The Route

The 100 mile circular route, starting in Ballater, takes you on a journey through Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Lecht and back to Ballater on the banks of the River Dee. The route has a real mix of scenic rolling roads, challenging ascents and alpine-esque descents through a wild landscape scattered with iconic whisky distilleries.

The Etape Royale experience will leave a lasting impression on all the senses!

Mapometer Etape Royale 100 mile Route Map 2017

Ordnance Survey Mapping Route Statistics

Distance (Miles)Distance (KM)Ascent (Feet)Ascent (Metres)
100 Miles161 Km9829 Feet2996m

We have used Ordnance Survey Mapping to accurately measure the route distance and ascent. We tested many other systems including Strava, Google Maps, Mapometer and Garmin which all produced different results. The Mapometer map below has been produced as guide for participants to follow when training on the route but the distances suggested by Mapometer should not be relied on. The most accurate distances are given above.

Please note that as for 2016, the route in 2018 actually does goes through the centre of Dufftown. (The Ordnance Survey route shows the original route which bypassed Dufftown.)

Etape Royale Route Map (Ordnance Survey)

50 Mile Short Route

New for 2018 this shorter circular route also starts and finishes in Ballater.

Mapometer Etape Royale 50 mile Route Map 2017 (part-closed roads)

Key Locations

There are 6 feed stations and 3 traffic management points located around the route. The approximate distances are detailed in the table below:

Key LocationLocationDescriptionDistance (Approx)
Start (100 mile)BallaterStart of 100 mile event0 miles
Feed Station 1TarlandFeed station, mechanical support and toilets13 miles
Feed Station 2TullynessleFeed station, mechanical support and toilets
28 miles
Traffic Management Point 1Rhynie (A97 Crossing Point)Rider control point - Riders held in timing pen for short time from 090037.2 miles
Feed Station 3RhynieFeed station, mechanical support and toilets
37.5 miles
Feed Station (65 mile)RhynieFeed station, mechanical support and toilets38 miles
Traffic Management Point 2Dufftown (A941/A920 Junction)Single lane traffic control for 1 mile55.2 miles
Feed Station 4DufftownFeed station, mechanical support and toilets
56 miles
Feed Station 5TomintoulFeed station, mechanical support and toilets
75.5 miles
Feed Station 6Lecht Ski CentreFeed station, mechanical support and toilets
81 miles
Traffic Management Point 3A939/A93 JunctionSingle lane traffic control for 0.5 miles97.7 miles
FinishBallaterFinish of 65 and 100 mile events100 miles

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