Details of the 2018 edition of L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France were released today, comprising some significant changes and improvements.

Since its inception in 2016, L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France has provided a new level of riding experience in Australia, combining the beauty of the Snowy Mountains, the incredible enthusiasm of the locals and an event run to Tour de France professional standards. In 2016 and 2017 L’Étape Australia was the largest Tour de France event held outside France, providing amateur riders with an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible to get with fully closed roads and a mountainous course that is the equal of a mountainous stage of the Tour de France.

The local Snowy Mountain community has embraced the Tour de France riding through their towns and villages; they come out in their thousands with cow bells and flags to encourage and support the riders along the route. The locals dress the entire area in yellow, green and polka dot; phenomenal bike artworks adorn the entire route.

Ambassadors for L’Étape Australia 2018 will be Amanda Spratt and Mathew Hayman, two homegrown riders who won their first races in Australia and are riding for the only Australia UCI World Tour Team.

Routes

Riders on both the Race and the Ride will start and finish in Jindabyne. The entire route will be on fully closed roads, run under full Tour de France race conditions.

The Race will take riders to Rocky Plains, Berridale, the King of the Mountain sections at Col de Beloka and Col de Kosciuszko, descending back to Jindabyne. The Race route is longer this year at 170 km with a 3,000 m height gain, with the new, long decent.

The Ride will follow the same route as the Race but will return to Jindabyne after Col de Beloka to finish at the L’Étape Australia Village, which this year returns to the banks of Lake Jindabyne. The Ride is 108 km with a 1,600 m height gain.

The Finish for both the Race and the Ride in Jindabyne will bring the riders, supporters and the local community together in a festive atmosphere with Matt Keenan calling in the riders as they cross the line.

Registration and Prices

A new fast, simple and user-friendly registration system has been developed which will open at 12 noon on Thursday 3rd May via www.letapeaustralia.com.

The first 2,000 registrations for the Race or the Ride will receive the lowest registration price at $295 for the Race and $275 for the Ride. For 2,001 to 3,500 the Race Registration will be $325 and the Ride Registration will be $305. From 3,501 and above, the full registration price will apply, $360 for the Race and $340 for the Ride.

Registering early is of immense help to us in organising the event in the most efficient way possible.

L’Étape Australia Village

All the social, logistical and administrative activities will be concentrated in the L’Étape Australia Village at Banjo Patterson Park in Jindabyne, including overnight secure bike parking.