This year, The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia is offering more than just a beautiful bike ride. Whilst cyclists will get to enjoy 81 miles of closed roads and stunning Highland scenery, they will also have the opportunity to broaden their horizons through our brand new “Etape Talks.”

“Etape Talks” is a range of talks that will be premiering in the Pitlochry Festival Theatre during The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia event weekend. Hosted by influential speakers on a range of topics including cycling performance, nutrition and determination, the talks promise to whet cyclists’ appetites for the ride the following day.

Taking place throughout Saturday 20th May 2017, all registered participants of The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia are eligible to attend any of the three talks. Each talk has 100 spaces only and they are all free to attend. Participants are allowed to bring a plus one if they wish.

How to Attend

An online ballot will be open from midday on Thursday 16th February 2017, where participants can apply to attend either of the three talks. To enter the ballot, fill out the quick online form by clicking the button below, simply log into your Active account and select “purchase additional merchandise” where you can choose which talks you would like to apply to attend. You can also communicate whether you would like to bring a plus one, who does not need to be a participant of the event.

If you need any assistance, please get in touch with our customer services team at

Please note, that by entering the ballot participants are not guaranteed a spot. The ballot has now closed and all successful participants have been informed via email that they have secured a place.

Make sure you check out our T’s and C’s  HERE.



11am – 12pm: Dave Cornthwaite

2pm – 3pm: Chris Boardman

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Tracy Griffen


Dave Cornthwaite – Say Yes More

Dave Cornthwaite is a record-breaking adventurer, author, award-winning filmmaker and experienced motivational speaker, having entertained and inspired audiences in six continents.

He is best known for his ground-breaking Expedition1000 project, undertaking 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using non-motorised forms of transport. In 2012, Dave founded life-fulfilling brand ‘SayYesMore’, a movement which promotes adventure as personal development to create happier, more adventurous life.

Dave will be kicking off our first Etape Talks with his Key Note presentation, Say Yes More. Funny, insightful and breathtakingly honest, Say Yes More is centred around chasing passions, the power of movement and creating a personal culture of goals, values and purpose. Get ready to say YES.



Chris Boardman – Q & A

We’re delighted that British cycling legend Chris Boardman will be joining us for an exclusive Q&A session for Etape Talks.

Not only was Chris victorious in the individual pursuit at the Barcelona Olympic Games of 1992, but he also helped to inspire a generation throughout the 90’s. Setting a World Record for the furthest distance covered in 60 minutes (which still stands today), he has also been an integral part of the British Cycling management team as they established themselves in track and road cycling.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear first-hand from world-record breaking, Olympic Gold Medalist in an exclusive Q&A session.



Tracy Griffen – Fuelling For Performance

Tracy Griffen has been a Personal Trainer for over 12 years, and runs a fitness studio in Leith. One of the founding directors of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling in 2013, Tracy can often be seen biking around the capital with her fitness pug in tow. The author of the Healthy Living Yearbook, Tracy has run numerous workshops around Scotland on the subject fuelling for performance.

This entertaining and informative workshop will talk you through what to eat before, during and after a big ride. Every body is different, and so we will discuss the wide range of ‘everyday’ food that can be used for fuelling. The role of macro-nutrients, optimal hydration, energy gels and sports drinks will also be covered, with a Q & A and discussion at the end.