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    A 66 mile charity cycle challenge with beautiful scenery

    Fergus Hardie, Managing Director of Hardie Polymers, will soon undertake a charity cycle challenge. He is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support by cycling 66 miles/106 km in the Loch Ness Etape on 29th April.

    “I am cycling the ‘monster’ Loch Ness Etape for Macmillan Cancer Support because we recently lost a dear friend to cancer.”

    We hope readers could offer some support and help him reach his target for this excellent cause !

    You can donate here


    About the Loch Ness Etape charity cycle challenge

    The cycle takes place around iconic Loch Ness on Sunday 29 April 2018 on 66 miles of traffic free roads. The closed-road route around the loch starts and finishes in the Highland capital of Inverness. There is a timed King of the Mountain stage, with a 4.8 mile (9 km) climb gaining 380 m in height with a gradient reaching 12% at times.

    Thousands of cyclists take part in this cycle sportive on the shores of the world-famous Loch Ness.  Riders complete the 66-mile route from Inverness, passing through Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus and Dores before returning to Inverness.

    You can also watch The Official Film here:


    A previous charity cycle challenge

    Fergus Hardie has been a supporter of charity fundraising for many years now.

    The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia is a leading UK cycling fundraiser. Over 5,000 cyclists race from the beautiful town of Pitlochry, Scotland. (see

    The 81 mile course takes in some of the most breath-taking views the Scottish Highlands has to offer, as well as having a festival atmosphere. It’s a must do for both cycling enthusiasts and first timers looking to experience the thrill of riding on completely closed roads in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    The 2016 Marie Curie Etape Caledonia was the 10th year anniversary and was bigger and better than ever. Marie Curie care for people with terminal illnesses to give them the choice to die at home.

    These images show Fergus competing in the Etape Caledonia with the Marie Curie banner as backdrop in one.

    Marie Curie Etape Caledonia charity cycle challengeFergus Hardie's other charity cycle challenge

    Fergus raised nearly £1000 for Marie-Curie, competing in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (his last effort being a whisker over 5 hours !) 

    You may also wish to read about another, more recent charity cycle challenge for Mary’s Meals.

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