A new cycling event is to be held on roads around Loch Ness in 2014.

The 109km Etape Loch Ness in May, which will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, is expected to attract as many as 1000 riders.Loch Ness cycling

It will start and finish in Inverness and follow the A82 on the north side of the loch through Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston and Fort Augustus.

Cyclists will return to Inverness using roads on the south side of Loch Ness.

Event director Malcolm Sutherland said the achievements of professional cyclists, such as Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins, were attracting more people to take up road cycling.

The cycling event is the latest physical challenge to be set around the shores of Loch Ness – the others include the Loch Ness Monster Swim, Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running, and Man v Horse