The Routes

Test your stamina and determination on a choice of two demanding and beautiful routes, both on fully closed roads and held under professional race conditions.

The Race

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DURATION
4 - 7 hrs

Course KM
157

Feeding Zones
4

Drinking Zones
2

Difficulty
HARD

The Race delivers a route that is as tough as a mountainous stage of the Tour de France, under full Tour de France Professional conditions and runs on fully closed roads.

The Ride

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DURATION
3 - 6 hrs

Course KM
126

Feeding Zones
3

Drinking Zones
1

Difficulty
Medium

Uniquely, L’Étape Australia has two distances – the 157km Race and the 126km Ride.

The shorter version of the Race, the Ride, is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final Col de Kosciuszko climb. At 126km and a peak of 1,300m the Ride is still a significant challenge

Route Map


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The start for both the Race and the Ride will be at the Bullocks Flat Ski Tube Terminal in Crackenback.

Participants for both routes will head off through Jindabyne, towards Rocky Plains Road before turning towards Berridale for the Sprint section down the main street of the town. The riders will then continue to Dalgety before reaching the difficult Col de Beloka climb.

The Ride will then return to finish in Jindabyne while the Race participants will continue past Jindabyne up punishing Col de Kosciuszko to reach the finish at Perisher.

 

Elevation Chart


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The Race


The Ride

 

 

COMPETING FOR THE TOUR DE FRANCE JERSEYS


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Individual participants in the Race at L’Étape Australia will be provided the unique opportunity of competing for the authentic Tour de France jerseys:

green-jerseyTHE YELLOW JERSEY will be presented to the first male and female individual to cross the finish line of the Race.

Since 1919, the Yellow Jersey has been used to reward the leader in the general classification. A combination of technical detail and design, the most recent Yellow Jersey (2015) celebrates the 40th Tour de France finish on the Champs-Elysées. This anniversary edition takes us back to the day when French cyclist Bernard Thévenet became the first man to don the Yellow Jersey on the world’s most beautiful avenue.

green-jerseyTHE GREEN JERSEY will be awarded to the male and female individual Race winners of the sprint section, set in the heart of Berridale.

The Green Jersey was created in 1953 for the 50th anniversary of the race. It brought a new interest to the race, the Yellow Jersey not being the only jersey at stake any longer. The first green jersey in history was held by Swiss Fritz Schaer. In the Tour de France, it is worn by the leader of the points classification. Points are being awarded in the intermediate sprints and the stage finishes.

polka-dot-jerseyTHE POLKA-DOT JERSEY will be presented to the individual male and female Race winners of the King of the Mountain, timed across on both the Col de Beloka and Col de Kosciuszko climbs.

The King of the Mountains classification was created in 1933 for the best climbers, first won by Spain’s Vicente Trueba, however the Polka-Dot Jersey only appeared in 1975. France’s Richard Virenque holds the record of most KOM jerseys: he won it seven times between 1994 and 2004.

white-jerseyTHE WHITE JERSEY will be presented to the first male and female individual to cross the finish line of the Race aged 25 years or less on the day of the event.

The White Jersey was created in 1975. In 1988, the jersey was abandoned, but not the best young rider classification. The White Jersey was reintroduced in the peloton in 2000 and rewards the best-placed under-25 rider in the overall standings. The jersey revealed some of the best talents in the sport – Denis Menchov in 2003, Alberto Contador in 2007, Andy Schleck from 2008 and 2010, Pierre Rolland in 2012.

While professional and semi-professional riders can compete, only amateur riders qualify for the Tour de France jerseys.

OTHER PRIZES


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L’Étape Australia will also provide prizes for winners in other Categories of the event outside of the iconic Tour de France Jerseys.

Prizes will also be awarded for the following participants in the Race and the Ride:

  • The Men’s Race Team or Group Prize
  • The Women’s Race Team or Group Prize
  • The Mixed Race Team or Group Prize
  • The Men’s Ride Team or Group Prize
  • The Women’s Ride Team or Group Prize
  • The Mixed Ride Team or Group Prize
  • The fastest male and female Ride participant in the Sprint section
  • The fastest male and female Ride participant in the timed Col de Beloka climb

All Jersey and prize winners must have completed their allocated route in the allowed time to be eligible for awards.

 

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