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I’m a professional cyclist spending nine months of every year riding and racing in Europe with my team Orica-Scott. Whilst I love this life, I equally love being back home in Australia and having the opportunity to ride alongside my Dad, brother and with cyclists living in my local area. I come from the Blue Mountains and am a member of the Penrith Cycling Club and it is the sense of community and shared experience with others in the area that I love coming home to every year. The social aspect and the fun we have riding our bikes together is... Read More

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L’Etape Australia provides a unique chance for amateurs and cycling enthusiasts to experience a Tour de France stage under professional racing conditions. Fully closed roads, crowds, roadside support, Tour de France jerseys to chase… But the best thing about it? It’s in our own backyard! The Snowy Mountains is an amazing location to stage this event. With the infamous steep slopes of the Col de Beloka, the green jersey-clad town of Berridale and the final climb up the Col de Kosciuszko it’s an event that typifies the experience the w... Read More

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I have been on a bike for as long as I can remember. From the BMX bike to the track bike to the road bike - it’s in my blood! More than just riding a bike it’s the love and passion I have grown for this sport, it’s the people I have met, the shared sense of adventure, challenge, achievement and camaraderie that I relish the most. Every year when I get back to Australia there are new riders to meet at the Monday night crits or the Saturday bunch ride, and new bonds are formed. As a woman, I am always inspired when I see other women taki... Read More

Taper to Peak – Matt Keenan

August 28th, 2017

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Now that all the hard work has been done it’s time to freshen up to be at your best on Saturday 2 December. In previous articles, I’ve covered building the base and the specific intervals, which is the cake of your fitness. The taper puts the icing on your cake so you’re ready for the L’Etape party. The final month leading up to the event is critical for putting the polish on your fitness. Makes sure every pedal stroke has a purpose, even if the purpose is an active recovery ride, and make the hard session count. The objecti... Read More

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If you train and don’t have the right rest you’re wasting your time on the bike. You won’t recover, you’ll get tired and you’ll probably get sick as your body screams out for a break. Not factoring in enough rest is where the fine line between improving and overtraining is crossed. Rest is crucial to let the body adapt to the training stress it is being put under. It’s also important to have rest scheduled into your training program to stay mentally fresh and motivated. How you structure your rest will vary depending ... Read More

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A lot of what I’ve written in the Wednesday Wisdom has been dry, hard-core training advice. But that’s no good if you’re not enjoying riding. And if you’re not having fun you won’t stick to the training schedule. In my efforts not be Damar Dokic I tell my kids that rule number one, for the respective sports they do, is to have fun… keep your eyes on the ball, move your feet. So let’s have a bit of fun. WHY RIDE - If you’re feeling a little stale try to remember what it was that attracted you to cycling. For me... Read More

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Starting L’Etape strongly comes down to what training you’ve done. But finishing it strongly can be as simple as eating and drinking on the day. Not having enough to eat and drink almost cost Chris Froome his first Tour de France victory, when he went dangerously close to going hunger flat on the final ascent of Alpe d’Huez. Luckily, for Chris, Richie Porte was there to save the day and deliver a carbo gel. At an event like L’Etape, surrounded by a large group of riders and enjoying the buzz of the early part of an event, it’... Read More

Consistency- By Matt Keenan

July 31st, 2017

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Consistency and company The best performers are not consistently great, but they are great at being consistent. It might sound a little boring but it works. Cadel Evans was consistent for 20 years. And I mean all year long for 20 years. Peter Sagan is always there. Across 565 days of racing in his career, he’s had 189 top-3 placings. That’s a 33 per cent podium ratio. I put this down to discipline and consistent training. He arrived in Australia, in January, for the Tour Down Under this year and he was fit. That means he ... Read More

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USE THE PIC 1MIN ON / 1MIN OFF Too wet, too cold, no problem The winter months have a habit of sending many of us into cycling hibernation. But bad weather is a great excuse for the most time efficient workouts you’ll ever do. It’s time to get on the home trainer. THE OPTIONS You have a few options on how to do an indoor session – a spin class or do it at home on rollers or a trainer. Spin classes give you structure and the group environment can help with motivation. Doing a session at home takes a little more discip... Read More

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None of us can ride as fast a Chris Froome but we can learn from his pacing strategy to maximise our performance. Pacing your effort on major climbs, particularly the climb up Kosciuszko, will be crucial to getting your best time in L’Etape. At last year’s Vuelta a Espana, Chris provided the perfect case study. On the Queen stage, to Lagos de Covadonga, the triple Tour de France winner ignored the tempo of the peloton, and let his main rivals ride off into the distance with 10km still to climb. Alberto Contador heard Froome was ... Read More

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The L’Etape Australia 2017 Official Jersey has been released, online now for purchase.  L’Etape Australia by Le Tour de France is proud to announce that Cuore from Switzerland, one of the greatest cycling apparel brand, will provide the 2017 Official Jersey. We shared two designs with our community, across multiple social networks and the riders chose the « Australian Stripes » jersey. Now Available in both men's and women's cuts with a variety of sizes. While stocks last! Purchase yours online today: ACME MERCHANDISING ... Read More

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At nearly every Q&A session with elite riders like Cadel Evans, Simon Gerrans or Gracie Elvin they get asked, how many kilometres do you ride each year? It’s a logical question as it’s easier to relate to. The answers then let us compare it to how many kilometres we drive, which allows us to then blow the minds of our non-cycling friends. Yet they never really know the answer because they measure training in time rather than kilometres. Incidentally, 28,000km plus, for the year, is pretty common among those who do measure every ki... Read More

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Most of us would love to be Peter Sagan, at least just for one day. Strong as an Ox, no handed monos and five green jerseys, from five appearances, at the Tour de France. So if playing the role of Sagan for a day, at L’Etape Australia by targeting the green jersey sprint in Berridale, is on your agenda you’d better sharpen those sprinting legs. Sprint training is hard but fun. It’s also very useful for any race you do, at any level. Not many races are won solo. Even races won in a breakaway are often decided in a sprint from a... Read More

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There aren’t many bunch rides I do that don’t end at a café but, if it’s been a solid ride, I don’t let this distract from the need to drink and eat for recovery. Refuelling your muscles is crucial to repairing your body for the next training session, even if it’s a few days away, and ultimately getting fitter and faster. And you can achieve this while being sociable. Priority number one is to rehydrate. The first 15 minutes are key. I get water back into the system straight away and my first drink order isn’t a coffee ... Read More

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The mountains of the Tour de France hold a mythical status among many Australians as if they’re so difficult they almost can’t be real. Oh, they’re real. But never fear. You don’t have to venture all the way to the other side of the world to experience the hardship of the French Alps. Just come to Jindabyne. Across the 158km of the Race, at L’Etape Australia, you’ll have an altitude gain of 2,738m. This is more than on the first day of decision at this year’s Tour de France to La Planche des Belles Filles, where Chris ... Read More

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The long hard grind of the 22.9km Col de Kosciuszko is a vastly different sort of climb to the 2.9km Col de Beloka. The quickest time on the Beloka, at last year’s L’Etape, was 11:48 for the men, at an average speed of 15.8kph, and 13:57 for the women averaging 13.3kph. To master this climb we’re going to work on boosting your lactate threshold so you can maintain a higher intensity without blowing up, and building your aerobic engine so you can keep your cadence relatively high to avoid frying your muscle. Assuming you’ve laid... Read More

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If you’re anything like me you’re guilty of having spent time at work researching ways you can ride faster by buying the latest cycling equipment or gadget. From the first time I raced, in 1990, to today I’ve narrowed it down to a few key areas. Essentially the best place to spend money is on the areas that make you faster, not your bike. That’s where you’ll get the most value for your money and your time. BIKE FIT According to Andrew Gerrans, Osteopath Orica-Scott, “regardless of your level of cycling, the importance of... Read More

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Start now and build a base In the second in a series of weekly Wednesday articles, Matt Keenan shares some key training and riding tips, picked up from covering the world’s best cyclists, to help you prepare for the big event in December. Start today because tomorrow never comes. It’s an old cliché that can be applied to anything in life, particularly training. You can’t cram for L’Étape, or any ride/race, in the same way, you can for a uni exam or a work presentation. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t work. Cramming, on the t... Read More

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When the Tour comes to Australia In the first in a series of weekly articles, Matt Keenan shares his thoughts on the Tour de France battles-to-come and embarks on providing some key training and riding tips, picked up from covering the world’s best cyclists, to help you prepare for the big event in December When Chris Froome lined up at the first edition of L’Étape Australia, in December last year, it marked the beginning of his preparation for this year’s Tour de France. The Tour’s coveted yellow jersey is like the sun that the... Read More

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SIGN UP HERE Thank you for showing interest in volunteering for L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France. Last year, with the help of a lot of dedicated and very supportive volunteers we delivered the largest Tour de France event ever held outside France (and the first ever to be held in Australia). It was the warmth, friendliness and helpfulness of the local community and the volunteers that gave the event an incredible ambience that was so appreciated by the riders and their families. In 2017, we hope to lift the bar and bring more ri... Read More

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L’ETAPE AUSTRALIA 2016 – THE WRAP The first Tour de France event to be held in Australia was staged in the NSW Snowy Mountains on Saturday, setting the scene for a new era in Australian mass participation events.   The weekend began with Tour de France reigning champion Chris Froome holding sold-out clinics for amateur cyclists, sharing never told before stories of his Tour de France exploits and mentoring the riders on the best way to roll up to the Start line the  best prepared mentally, physically and mechanically as can b... Read More

Rider’s checklist

November 30th, 2016

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When preparing for the event, please don't forget to bring the following  essentials: Confirmation letter required to pick up your Race Pack Valid form of identification If under the age of 18, provision of a letape-parental-consent-form-revised-v2 Helmet and comfortable clothing Spare tube and repair kit Some cash for the restaurants/bars at the end of each distance Remember to fill in the details on the back of your bib when picking up your registration  ... Read More

Community Information

November 14th, 2016

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Community Information If you are from the region of Snowy Mountains and would like further information on the event, please note that we will be holding several meetings in the area to consult with the local community and inform everyone on the plans for the event, details for the event weekend, extended information about road closures, and provide plenty of chances for community feedback. Please check back on this page for updates in the lead up to the event for more information and notifications of upcoming information meetings. Imag... Read More

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Simon Baggs, CEO of L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France, today welcomed Snowy Hydro Limited as major sponsor of the first Tour de France event to be held in Australia.   The inaugural L’Étape Australia will be held in the Snowy Mountains on the 3rd December, bringing thousands of amateur cyclists to ride on 157km of closed roads, under race conditions.   There will be two challenging route options (The Race and The Ride), Sprint and King of the Mountain sections and genuine Tour de France Yellow, Polka Dot and Gre... Read More

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Chris Froome has been appointed L'Étape Australia's Pro Mentor. Tour de France reigning champion Chris Froome will be riding with you in L'Étape Australia by le Tour de France in the NSW Snowy Mountains on the 3rd December 2016. Chris will be providing video tips in the lead up to L'Étape and will host a series of clinics on the 1st and 2nd December in Jindabyne where he will share his experience with the audience on training for the Race and the Ride,racing tactics, riding safely in packs, breakaways and the physical and mental a... Read More