L’Étape Australia
By Le Tour De France

L’Étape Australia

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L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France is a unique road cycle event that provides an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible for an amateur to get.

Staged in the Australian NSW Snowy Mountains on 160km of fully closed roads and run under professional Tour de France Race conditions, the route includes a 350m Sprint section and two challenging King of the Mountain sections.



Of the riders in the inaugural event in 2016, 96% said the event was good or very good and 95% said they would recommend the event to their family and friends.

The course is described by Tour de France Director General Christian Prudhomme as ‘providing a very similar experience for riders to a mountainous stage of the Tour de France; traversing through a multitude of stunning landscapes and topographies and truly challenging climbs.

There are two distances; The Race of 157km and the Ride of 126km. The ride includes the Sprint section in Berridale and the infamous first King of the Mountain section Col de Beloka, but excludes the final push up Col Kosciuszko to Perisher.

The local communities have truly embraced the Tour de France coming to the Snowy Mountains. The entire route is decorated with cycling paraphernalia, some exquisite works of art. The towns and villages have adopted the colours of the Tour de France: yellow (Jindabyne), green (Berridale) and polka dot (Dalgety). Last year thousands of locals lined the route with their cow bells, flags and encouragement; the welcome from the local community was extraordinary and created a wonderful ambience throughout the day.



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Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome will again ride L’Étape Australia – providing some clinics on the Friday and then riding from the back of the pack to the front on Saturday. While many have watched Chris Froome from the sidelines or on TV, few have had the opportunity to ride with him.

The legendary voice of cycling Phil Liggett will be calling in the riders at the Finish of the Race in Perisher, and Matt Keenan will be calling in the riders at the Finish of the Ride in Jindabyne

The Race route begins at the Skitube Terminal at Bullocks Flat, Crackenback, winds its way with undulating hills through Jindabyne and Rocky Plains before reaching the Sprint section in Berridale. From there the route takes us to Dalgety before the first King of the Mountain section tackling the daunting Col de Beloka, known locally as The Wall. The Ride finishes back in Jindabyne, while the Race makes a final push up the second King of the Mountain section Col de Perisher before arriving at the Finish.

A short train journey on the SkiTube (opened especially for L’Étape Australia) takes riders back to the Start at Bullocks Flat, Crackenback where cars are parked and shuttles are waiting. The SkiTube train will run every 20 minutes in both directions, free for supporters to welcome their riders at the Finish line.


Letape Australia

Individual riders vie for Tour de France jerseys, the genuine articles presented at the Champs-Elysées; Yellow for the overall male and female Race winner, Green for the fastest male and female in the Race in the Sprint section, Polka Dot for the fastest male and female in the Race on the combined King of the Mountain sections and white for the fastest male and female rider in the Race under 25 years of age.

Riders can enter as individuals, teams of nine (in which only the top three rider’s results are counted) or groups of 10 or more (in which only the top three rider’s results are counted).

There will be enhancements and improvements in 2017:

  • Free secure overnight bike parking will be provided at the Start on Friday;
  • Shuttles can be booked in advance online from October onwards;
  • There will be a free BBQ at both the Race and Rider Finishes;
  • Riders who rode in 2016 and register again for 2017 will receive a range of benefits as ‘Foundation Riders’ such as early access to booking the shuttles and clinics;
  • Additional facilities, shuttles, traffic control at the Start and facilities at the Finishes will be in place in 2017;
  • A schedule of family-friendly activities and entertainment in the Village throughout Friday and Saturday will build up to the Prize Giving at 6pm on Saturday evening.



By joining the L’Étape by le Tour de France series, you will discover the unique atmosphere of the biggest cycling race in the world. Indeed, because of the great human and sporting challenge you will face, you will meet the same conditions, habits, and emotions the professional peloton and its legendary riders have experienced since 1903 on the French roads.

We offer you the opportunity to follow their steps and feel what makes Le Tour de France a monument of sport. All around the world, participate to this mythical event, this epic race and popular celebration – and contribute to its international outreach.


Enjoy the experience!

Christian Prudhomme

Tour de France Director

L’Étape du Tour

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The Etape du Tour Ride Series encourages cyclists around the world to ride like Tour de France legends in over 14 international locations including Japan, Australia, South Africa, and Brazil.

The original Etape du Tour ride was established in 1993 and has grown to over 15,000 annual riders as the premiere mass participation ride in Europe. Though the course changes yearly and the ride is always a goal of passionate Tour de France fans as they get to experience the roads just days before the professional riders. Three-time Tour Champion Chris Froome serves as an ambassador for the series.

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Le Tour de France

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Running from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 23rd 2017, the 104th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,516 kilometres.

  • 9 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages
  • 5 mountain stages including altitude finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Izoard)
  • 2 individual time-trials stages
  • 2 rest days

Learn more about the history of Tour de France

Tour de France Jersey Competition Winners, 2016

  • Yellow –  Christopher Froome
  • KOM – Rafal Majka
  • Sprint – Peter Sagan
  • Best Young Rider –  Adam Yates

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L’Étapes Worldwide 2017

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