Lateral Events today announced that the fifth edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place on Sunday 27 November between Wollongong and Kiama. The NSW Government, via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, secured the event exclusively for the state of NSW.

Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said securing the biggest Tour de France event outside of France in the NSW south coast until 2024 would help boost the region’s visitor economy.

“Having L’Étape Australia by Tour de France in Wollongong and Kiama for the next three years is a fantastic coup for the region and will enhance the growing global reputation of our stunning south coast as an international cycling destination,” Mr Ayres said.

“As the biggest Tour de France event outside of France and on the back of the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong this September, L’Étape Australia reaffirms NSW’s position as the nation’s capital of cycling. It will draw thousands of participants, spectators, and officials from around the country and the world, providing a significant boost to the south coast visitor economy.

“We are absolutely committed to delivering world-class international events like L’Étape Australia in our regional communities, which is a key pillar of our ambition to make NSW the events capital and premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”

SBS, broadcaster of the Tour de France, and Shimano, official Tour de France neutral support, have confirmed their involvement with L’Étape Australia to provide the participants with a unique and genuine Tour de France experience. In addition to a 26-minute documentary broadcast nationally on SBS, Matthew Keenan, Tour de France commentator for SBS, will be calling the name of all participants across the finish line, while Shimano will be helping participants to get their bikes operating at the optimum level to conquer the 141 km-long route.

Florent Malézieux, Race Director, says: “We are delighted to receive the support of the NSW Government and long-time partners such as SBS and Shimano. The Tour de France is the biggest sporting event in the world, and we will recreate a version of it here in Australia for everyone to enjoy. Cyclists of all abilities, groups of friends and families will find unique experiences that only L’Étape Australia can provide while discovering the stunning South Coast of NSW. The event will deliver strong economic benefits to the region, and we are looking forward to involving the local community to make L’Étape Australia a celebration that everyone enjoys”.

Thousands of cyclists, their friends and families are expected to participate in the 5th edition of L’Étape Australia. They will be provided with an experience not available anywhere else: fully closed roads, world-class mechanical assistance provided by Shimano and the unmatched warm Tour de France atmosphere.

“We’re excited to welcome the participants of L’Étape Australia to our Wollongong, Australia’s only UCI Bike City,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“We’re proud of our bike focus and our support of riders of all interests and skills. We’re investing significantly in biking infrastructure to suit all riders – whether road, mountain, BMX or recreational, and this focus provides our residents and visitors with an active and sustainable mode of transport.

“L’Étape Australia will add something new to our cycling calendar and will be particularly exciting because it celebrates riding opportunities in our southern suburbs.’’

Accessible to riders new and experienced, the route will start in Wollongong, home of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. The riders will travel South towards Macquarie Pass, which they will have to conquer once if they want to complete The Ride, the shorter distance, or twice if they intend to complete the flagship distance, The Race. All the participants will then travel through the beautiful village of Jamberoo before hitting the last climb of the day, Saddleback Mountain. The riders will be rewarded with a stunning view over the coastline and the rolling descent towards the beautiful coastal town of Kiama.

Kiama Mayor Neil Reilly says that L’Étape Australia by Tour de France have a great place to celebrate all those who participate in Kiama.

“It’s the perfect rival to the Champs-Elysées’’ Mayor Reilly says, ‘’The natural spectacle of the pacific ocean, the rugged black-rock coastline and the green and rolling hills of Kiama are picture perfect for the finish of this landmark event. Our town is honoured to have the opportunity to contribute and offer ‘bonne chance’ to all riders.’’

Registrations for the fifth edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will open on Wednesday 29 June at www.letapeaustralia.com. It is expected registrations will be selling fast, and riders are encouraged to register early to secure their spot and enjoy the best prices available.

L’Étape Australia is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. For more information, visit www.letapeaustralia.com.

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EXCITING NEWS!

Lateral Events are pleased to inform the 5th edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will be announced very soon, including new dates and location.

Follow our social media channels to stay updated, and check out our monthly cycling podcast ‘Cycling Insights’ with Amanda Spratt, Matthew Keenan and their special guests.

Registrations for the event will open in the coming weeks, and riders are invited to register their interest via the form below. Riders registering their interest will be given access to the registration platform before it opens to the general public.

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The 108th edition of the Tour de France will start from Brittany on Saturday 26 June 2021. During three weeks and 21 stages, the 176 best cyclists in the world will battle it out on the French roads.

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France has secured some exclusive Tour de France products to show your love for cycling and for the Tour de France. From key rings to t-shirts and water bottles, there is something for everyone! Get yourself an Official Tour de France product, treat your loved ones with a unique gift and enjoy the Tour de France together.

All products are already in Sydney to guarantee a fast delivery.

Get ready for the biggest cycling race in the world: get your products today, show your colours and enjoy the Tour de France on SBS from Saturday 26 June to Sunday 18 July!

Lateral Events, organisers of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France, and Cyclist, Australia’s premier cycling magazine, have today announced a strategic partnership for the upcoming editions of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France and Drops & Hoods.

Cyclist will produce exclusive content about the events and will dedicate one of its famous “Big Ride” features to the newly launched event Drops & Hoods.
The “Big Ride” is a bi-monthly long-form article exploring an iconic or upcoming cycling destination on the bike. Cyclist writers will explore the road less travelled of the NSW Snowy Mountains.

Adam Scroggy, editor of Cyclist, said: “We cannot wait to send our team of riders and photographers over to the Snowy Mountains to experience some of the lesser-known roads and trails of this iconic region. Drops & Hoods is shaping up to be a world-class event and we have no doubt the cycling community is going to love the itinerary, which takes in the very best of what the Snowy Mountains have to offer. Most of all, we can’t wait to give our readers a little taste of what to expect via our Big Ride.”

The first 250 entrants of L’Étape Australia and Drops & Hoods will receive a complimentary 6-month membership to Cyclist, giving them access to inspiring content and getting them ready to enjoy the thrill of the ride.

Cyclist is a very inspiring magazine. Their long-form articles will empower our riders to travel without leaving home. Their approach to cycling is very similar to Lateral Events’ approach to the sport: we love equipment, watts and pushing ourselves, but we enjoy the event as much as the journey, the camaraderie and the environment surrounding us,” said Florent Malézieux, Head of Sports at Lateral Events.

Lateral Events and Cyclist will ride together in 2021 to provide cycling enthusiasts with a unique way to enjoy their passion for the sport.

We have created in partnership with Cuore of Switzerland three jersey designs that we love so much we cannot decide which one should be produced as the Official L’Étape Australia jersey.

We need your help to select the best design.

Head-over to our Facebook page and vote for your favourite design. The design with the greater number of likes will become the 2021 Official jersey.

Make each ride count and arrive at L’Étape Australia at the peak of your form by taking your recovery to the next level with Stryke Recovery.
We are extremely proud to welcome Stryke Recovery as Receovery Partner to support all riders in their preparation and help them reach their peak physical condition.
Stryke Percussion Therapy is a new and exciting way to boost performance, relieve muscle cramps and pain. Recovery plays a huge role in ensuring athletes can manage workload and continually front up injury-free. This is not always easy to achieve, traditional recovery techniques such as rollers can be boring and painful whilst massage therapy is expensive and time-consuming. Percussive therapy is massage reinvented, giving everyone the opportunity to live pain-free, recover faster and move better.
Stryke Recovery will be at the L’Étape Australia Village to provide riders with recovery massages and they will host an exclusive Shake Out Ride on Saturday 27 November.

The second edition of the Virtual L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place during the Tour de France (26 June – 18 July).

Organised in partnership with FulGaz, the Virtual L’Étape Australia will bring amateur riders from around the world the unique opportunity to ride the three main climbs of L’Étape Australia, across three different stages. All stages will be available between Saturday 26 June (7am AEST) and Sunday 18 July (midnight AEST) and participants will have the possibility to ride each stage as many times as they want, with their latest performance recorded and displayed on the event leaderboard.

Participants who don’t have a FulGaz membership will be provided with a 21-day free trial, which will allow them to compete in the event.
Participants who are existing FulGaz members will receive a $10 discount on their registration (FulGaz will communicate a discount code for all their members to register).

All participants who will complete at least one stage will automatically enter the draw to win one of the prizes on offer:

  • 2 x 1 official L’Étape Australia by Tour de France jersey (RRP $140 each)
  • 2 x 1 registration for the 5th edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France – 28 November 2021 (RRP $349)

Riders can register for the second edition of the Virtual L’Étape Australia via the button below.

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Lateral Events are pleased to announce the 5th edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France is scheduled to take place on Sunday 28th November 2021, following extensive consultation with Councils and community members.

Travelling through Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands, L’Étape Australia will bring over 4,000 riders, plus their friends and family, into the region for several days later this year.

The Event Village, held at Coronation Park in Kiama, will open Saturday 27th November 2021, providing visitors the chance to enjoy local food and beverages while soaking up the Tour de France atmosphere. Riders, and their friends and family, are encouraged to explore the region and visit local shops and restaurants. There will be no road closures on the Saturday.

 “We encourage our riders to spend as much time in the region as possible, not only on the weekend of the event, but throughout the year” Race Director Florent Malézieux said.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said cycling enthusiasts would be blown away by the natural surrounds and warm hospitality of the area.

Fans have been waiting for the debut L’Étape Australia event in the South Coast and Southern Highlands regions, and when they get there in November we’re sure they’ll have an unforgettable experience enjoying the sights and delights of regional NSW,” Mr Ayres said.

The team at Lateral Events are pleased to be making this announcement, following the disappointment of postponing the 2020 event due to Covid, and then having to cancel the postponed event due to torrential rain that hit the region in March 2021.

Registrations for the event will open in the coming weeks, and riders are invited to register their interest via the form below. Riders registering their interest will be given access to the registration platform before it opens to the general public.

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As at Thursday 18 March 2021, 90mm to 200mm of rain is forecasted for Saturday 20 March. This amount of rain makes running L’Étape Australia unsafe, especially with the possibility of debris being washed onto the road at the descents.
Therefore, Lateral Events, in consultation with the NSW Government Agencies and in agreement with Kiama Municipal Council, the Shoalhaven City Council and the Wingecarribee Shire Council, have decided to cancel this weekend’s L’Étape Australia by Tour de France.
We do this with a heavy heart, but rider safety is of paramount importance.
On Monday 22 March, we will start processing the registration fees refunds. Each riders will receive a full refund, less $10 of administration fee, as per the event’s T&Cs. This administration fee will help cover the registration platform fee.
A cancellation FAQ is available below.
The next edition of the event will be planned for early December 2021 and the exact dates will be announced soon.
Why is the event being cancelled?

Since Tuesday 16 March 2021, the weather forecast for Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands have consistently worsened. On Thursday 18 March at 4:30pm, 90mm to 200mm of rain was forecasted for Saturday 20 March, making the course unsafe.

Safety is our number one priority, and it was decided to not stage the event to preserve everyone’s safety.

Will I receive a refund?

As per the T&Cs all registrants have to agree on when registering, “In the event of the event being cancelled it shall provide the participant with a full refund, less an administration charge of $10, with no further liability whatsoever arising from such cancellation.”

Refunds will be processed in the coming weeks and you will receive an email from info@letapeaustralia.com when your refund has been processed. Close to 4,000 refunds will be processed manually, so we ask for your patience during this process.

 

What do I need to do?

There is no action required from you. We will start processing the refunds on Monday 22 March 2021. Close to 4,000 refunds will be processed manually, so we ask for your patience during this process.

Can I claim additional expenses?

As per the T&Cs all riders agreed upon when registering:

“L’Étape Australia reserves the right to amend the event format (for example shortening the distance) or cancel the event due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control or for any safety related reason. In the event of the event being cancelled it shall provide the participant with a full refund, less an administration charge of $10, with no further liability whatsoever arising from such cancellation.“.

When will be the next edition of L'Étape?

The next edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place early December 2021. The exact date will be announced soon.

How do I receive the merchandise I was meant to collect onsite?

If you placed a merchandise order on our website that you were meant to collect at the event, we will ship the products to your residential address shortly.

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France Official Riders’ Guide is the where all the practical information about the event is available. We recommend all participants and supporters to download the Riders’ Guide and familiarise themselves with the content.

This year, there are specific information to be aware of:

  • All visitors and participants must be ticketed. Complimentary tickets are available here.
  • Conditions of entry will apply. They can be reviewed in the Riders’ Guide and here.
  • Specific Covid-safe rules will apply to the different areas of the event. They can be reviewed in the Riders’ Guide and here.