Frequently Asked Questions
- How to register?
Registrations will open on Thursday 3rdrd May at 12PM AEST.
You can apply by visiting the registrations page at: http://letapeaustralia.com/registrations/
- How much is registration?
- What is included in the entry fee?
What is included in the registration fee?
- Fully closed roads
- Tour de France professional race conditions
- Backpack drop/pick-up service in the event village
- Overall timing and King of the Mountain section timing
- Mechanical support in the village and on the race course
- Medical assistance in the village and on the race course
- Four (4) Food Zones setup on key locations of the course
- Two (2) Energy Zones proposing energetic sport nutrition
- BBQ at the finish
- Official L’Étape t-shirt (Foundation Riders will get a special edition t-shirt)
- Finisher medal
- What is the difference between The Race and The Ride?
The L’Étape Australia Race is the ultimate cycling challenge, with a 170km mountainous route based on a similar format to a genuine Tour de France stage.
For those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final climb, the Ride is still a testing 108km course.
- What is the total Elevation Gain for each route?
The Race: 3,000m
The Ride: 1,600m
- Am I able to switch registration between The Race and The Ride after I have received my confirmation?
Riders will be not be able to change their course selection once they have registered. If participants of the Race are unable to complete the full race course, they are able to cross the Ride finish line and their finish time will be recorded as an official time for the Ride. However, they will not receive a partial refund of fees for completing the shorter course.
- Does the registration fee cover personal insurance?
No, personal accident insurance is not included in the L’Étape Australia registration fee.
All participants in L’Étape Australia are advised to take out personal accident insurance suitable for competing in a race such as L’Étape Australia. This insurance is optional but highly recommended.
A special membership agreement with Pedal Power ACT has been negotiated that will provide 12 month membership and, with that, Australia’s most comprehensive personal accident insurance cover whilst on the bike (for the event and for the 12 months from registration) for only $64.00 (normal price $80).
Pedal Power membership can be found here.
- Can teams register for L’Étape Australia?
Absolutely. Teams are made up of a minimum of five riders, there is no maximum number to a team. The cumulative time of the first five riders will be the competitive measure of the team times. All members of the team must be registered for the same course. Please note that all Team Names will be subject to approval.
- How do I register my team for L’Étape Australia?
When completing your registration, you will be asked if you are registering as an individual or team. If registering for a team, team captains should enter the name of a team they wish to form, and all team members should then enter the same name on their registrations.
- What if I have changed my mind or cannot ride on the day, can I receive a refund?
All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. However, we will consider transferring a registration to the following year if a rider is injured and provides a medical certificate at least 7 days prior to the event.
- Is there a minimum age requirement to register?
Riders must be over the age of 15 on the day of the race, and any riders under the age of 18 will have to provide written proof of parental consent and be accompanied by an adult on the course.
- How do I prepare to take on L’Étape Australia?
Once registered, riders will receive online training, nutritional and mechanical preparation information and advice from pro riders and experts in the relevant fields in the lead up to L’Étape.
- What types of bikes are allowed on L’Étape Australia?
Riders are able to choose from a selection of bikes including road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, cross bikes and hybrid bikes (electric, recumbents, disc wheels, tri or aero bars are not permitted). Straight handlebars and disc brakes are permitted.
Tandems are only permitted for vision impaired riders (only the vision impaired riders will be required to register).
Please ensure, for the safety of all riders that bikes are well maintained throughout the course.
- Is a helmet compulsory?
Yes, it is compulsory to wear a helmet that complies with Australian Standard AS/NZ2063. Helmets must be worn (with the chin strap fastened) throughout the entire route. Any participant without a helmet will be removed from the event.
- Do I need to carry photo identification during L’Étape?
We recommend that all riders carry photo identification at all times.
- What should I bring with me on the Race or Ride?
There will be Food and Energy Zones to supply riders with nutrition, water and other necessities, however to ensure all riders are prepared we suggest packing the below list of items:
- Helmet *
- Photo identification *
- Water vessel *
- Additional food and / or sports nutrition
- Spare clothing for warmth or rain protection
- Bike equipment including: a puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes and an air pump
- Mobile phone (don’t forget to ensure it is fully charged prior to the start)
Items marked with * are compulsory
- Is there mechanical support available for my bike before the event?
The day before the event, mechanical support will be available in the L’Étape Australia Village for riders to check their bike if needed. There will also be mechanical support available at the Start Line. Both areas of support will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Mechanical support will also be available throughout the race – both on the course and at selected Food Zones.
- What are the expected weather conditions for the ride?
According to monthly averages, the peaks are likely to range from a minimum temp of 3.8°C (38.84°F) to a maximum of 15.9°C (60.62°F), with larger sections of the course likely to range from a minimum temp of 9°C (48.2°F) to a maximum of 25.1°C (77.18°F) . Weather in alpine regions is unpredictable and holds the potential for rapid changes in conditions. Riders will need to be prepared for all weather conditions on the day. Riders are encouraged to consult www.bom.gov.au for forecasts in the area prior to the event.
- What happens if the event is called off due to the weather?
Please refer to the T&C (17. DISTANCE AND COURSE ALTERATIONS) for a comprehensive overview of the policy on course chances or event cancellation due to weather, and how and when L’Étape Australia will communicate with Riders in the event of changes due to weather.
- Will there be a safety and event briefing?
A series of 20-minute safety briefings will be held at the L’Étape Australia Village precinct the day before the event. The safety briefing video will be played on the giant screen regularly during the day.
The safety briefings will cover the start, the route, what to look out for, how to move around, etiquette and all aspects of the Race and the Ride to ensure the day is enjoyable and safe.
Start / Finish
- Where and when do I collect my Registration Pack?
Pre-event check-in will be available at the L’Étape Australia Village on Friday, between 10am and 8pm. All riders must bring their confirmation email and photo identification to pick up their Registration Pack.
Check-in can only be completed by the registered rider, it cannot be collected by a third party.
- How do I get to the Start Line?
Access to the start differs depending on where you are staying. There is ample free parking at the Start.
- Jindabyne and surrounds: we recommend you ride directly to the start line.
- Thredbo, Crackenback and Perisher: we recommend you drive to the Claypits in Jindabyne where the event car park will be located. A specific signage will be installed to guide you to the parking.
Shuttle Buses: There will be no shuttle busses in 2018 since the Start, Finish and Village will all be located in Jindabyne. SAG wagons will be in operation during the Race.
- What time do I have to be at the Start Line?
We recommend you arrive one hour before your start time. Start times will be communicated in November 2018.
- How will my start position be determined?
During registration, participants will answer questions based around expected speed for the course to determine the rider’s starting stage. For that reason, it is essential that all the answers are accurate, to avoid the misplacing of a rider.
If riders are unsure of their expected average speed, we would suggest finding a route similar to L’Étape Australia in difficulty and record the ride on Strava (or a similar app or device) that records performance. This will determine the average speed time for that route, that riders can use as an indicator of their expected average speed.
- Will there be a way to transport spare clothing from the start?
Start and Finish will be located at the same place. However, if you wish to drop spare clothing before you start, a free bag-drop service will be available in the L’Étape Australia Village.
- Are the both courses timed?
Yes, both courses are timed. All riders will be given a number for their bike in their Registration Packs, this will have a timing chip attached and must be secured to the bike. This will record the time of the rider as they cross the Start Line, check points throughout the route and the Finish Line to provide accurate time.
Check point times for each rider will be available live for supporters to check on the L’Étape Australia website. Final times will be published on the L’Étape Australia website following the event.
- Is the road closed to traffic during the event?
As for the professional riders in the Tour de France, the road will be closed to general motor vehicle traffic throughout the entire event. A time limit is set to ensure the road opens again at a specific time and this is outlined in the Time Schedule that will be released closer to the event. After this time, the road will be open to traffic once again.
- What is the Time Schedule?
The Time Schedule helps plan the times at which the road is closed, when riders will be eliminated and when the roads reopen. Eliminations are based on a defined race time for each area through which the race passes. These times are negotiated with L’Étape Australia, the council, the police and the emergency services. Strict compliance with the Time Schedule is essential if we want to continue to enjoy a road which is entirely closed to traffic in the future.
The entire route will be closed to all non-event related vehicles. Roads will re-open progressively on a time schedule which allows riders who ride at an average of 15.8km per hour for the Ride or 16.8km per hour for the Race to complete the route.
The Time Schedule will be published in the Count Down document (September) and Riders Guide (November) and this website.
- How will I know if I am eliminated from L'Étape Australia?
The Time Schedule Vehicle will follow the precise Time Schedule on the course. Any participant who is overtaken by this vehicle (which features a timer) at any point during the race, will be declared “Hors-Course” (out of the race).
- What happens if I am eliminated?
If a rider is eliminated, they will be asked to go to the pick-up areas where a bus and truck will take the rider and their bike to the L’Étape Village.
Bikes will be loaded onto trucks and returned to riders to the L’Étape Village upon presentation of their race numbers.
Riders will have the option to continue riding the remainder of the course but will need to be aware that they have officially dropped out of the race and will no longer be under the closed roads or supervision of event services.
- Are there rules that still need to be followed on closed roads?
Even with the professional conditions of fully closed roads, it is important to remain alert and respect the following:
- Keep to the left of the road so the faster riders and race management vehicles can overtake on the right;
- When overtaking, do it on the right and with caution;
- Indicate prior to overtaking;
- When riding in the peloton, indicate to riders following of any dangers or imperfections on the route.
- Are there Food Zones on the route?
For the Race, there are four Food Zones and Two Energy Zones, for the Ride there are three Food Zones and one Energy Zone.
Water is available at all Food and Energy Zones via self-serve tanks with taps.
Food Zones will comprise of sultanas, almonds, apples, oranges, bananas, crisps, salted crackers, sugar lollies, cereal bars, coke cola, water and energy drinks.
Energy Zones will have an assortment of energy products such as energy bars, gels and drinks. There will also be a variety of snacks available at each zone.
- Where are the Food Zones located?
Food and Energy Zone locations will be released closer to the event.
- Where am I able to dispose of rubbish?
All Food Zones will have bins to dispose of rubbish. If consuming gels or snacks while on the road, riders must ensure that they hold on to associated rubbish until they are able to dispose of this correctly. The Snowy Mountains region is a beautiful area and we need to ensure that everyone involved in the event is preserving the environment.
- What happens if I breakdown or have an accident on the course?
If a rider has an accident or mechanical issues there will be medical teams and neutral support at selected Food Zones as well as on the route (mobile assistance). In addition to the neutral support offered, each rider should bring spare inner tubes, air pump and any extra components that they may need with them.
Riders will be provided with an emergency number to call for roadside pick-up if they are unable to make their own way to a Food Zone following an accident or a breakdown. In the event of riders waiting for roadside pick-up – with the exception of major injuries – riders are asked to move off the course and out of the way of other riders to wait for pick up.
- Will there be medical assistance available on the course?
There are first aid stations set up in the L’Étape Australia Village, at the Start Line, at Food Zones and at the Finish Line.
There will also be medical teams among the riders on the route, in case riders need medical attention or transportation to a nearby first aid station.
- Where do I receive my Finishers Medal?
Riders who complete the Race or the Ride will receive a Finisher’s Medal once they have crossed the Finish Line.
- Will there be prizes for L’Étape Australia
Individual participants in the Race will be competing for the coveted official Tour de France Jerseys:
- THE YELLOW JERSEY will be presented to the overall male and female winner of the flagship Race.
- THE POLKA-DOT JERSEY will be presented to the male and female Race winners of the King of the Mountain, timed across both the Col de Beloka and Col de Kosciuszko climbs.
- THE WHITE JERSEY will be presented to the fastest overall male and female in the Race aged 25 years or less on the day of the event.
Team riders will not be able to win the jerseys as team riders get assistance from their team members.
Prizes will also be awarded for the following participants in the Race and the Ride:
- The Men’s Race Team Prize
- The Women’s Race Team Prize
- The Mixed Race Team Prize
- The Men’s Ride Team Prize
- The Women’s Ride Team Prize
- The Mixed Ride Team Prize
- The fastest male and female Ride participant in the timed Col de Beloka climb
- The fastest Ride team
- Will there be official photos taken during the event?
A team of professional photographers from Sportograf will be covering the event. One to two days after the event approximately 15 images of each rider will appear on the sportograf.com site, filed under your bib number and available for purchase.
This year, Sportograf will also produce individual videos of each rider.
Sportograf are specialist cycling race photographers who cover major events worldwide, including L’Étape du Tour.
- Is accommodation included in the price?
No, accommodation is not included in the price.
- How do I book accommodation?
Please refer to the http://letapeaustralia.com/accommodation where there is a Hotels Combined widget for booking accommodation.
- When will my results be published?
Unofficial results will be listed live over the course of the event.
Official results will be published on the L’Étape Australia website as they come available during the day.
- Supporters and Spectators
The road closures make it challenging for supporters and spectators to get around on Race day, but here are our thoughts on the best vantage spots.
Jindabyne is an ideal place to watch all the riders start from 6:30am onwards, and then cross the finish line later in the day. The L’Étape Australia Village will provide entertainment all day long as well as food and beverage.
The Snowy Mountains have a lot of activities and services to offer. Please consult snowymountains.com.au to find the activity which suits you the best.