Sky News Olympics Correspondent, Orla Chennaoui, will be swapping the safety of the television studio for the open roads of Highland Perthshire in May as she saddles up for the Macmillan Cancer Support Etape Caledonia, an IMG Challenger World event.
Orla, a keen cyclist, has been in training for the 81 mile Highland Perthshire course for several months. For her it represents the perfect opportunity to participate in one of her sporting passions in unrivalled circumstances.
Orla will join the 5000 cyclists who have signed up to take part in this year’s Macmillan Cancer Support Etape Caledonia, which sold out six months ahead of time.
Sky News Olympics Correspondent Orla Chennaoui said: “I'm really excited to be taking part in the Etape Caledonia. I've never done it before but friends and family have and they tell me it's fantastic. I've even managed to rope my Mum in to try it out! I've travelled around Scotland a lot but never on two wheels so although it'll be a challenge, I can't wait for the experience.”
Thousands of participants have yet again been drawn in by the stunning scenery of Highland Perthshire, with the route winding through the picturesque landscape. Etape Caledonia, now in its fifth year, has grown in popularity every year since its inception from just over 1000 participants in 2007, to over 5000 entered in 2011. The event is expected to pump over £1 million pounds into the local economy when it returns on the 15th May.
Amy Whitely, Event Director, IMG Challenger World said: “IMG Challenger World is absolutely delighted that Orla is taking part in this year’s Etape Caledonia. She is a keen cyclist and the opportunity to ride with 5000 fellow cyclists on closed roads in such a stunning location will be a unique and, we’re certain, rewarding experience for her.”
More information about the event can be found online at www.etapecaledonia.co.uk