L’Étape Australia By Le Tour De France

L'Étape Australia strengthens its game in the third edition

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.

L’Étape Australia provides 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 have embraced the Tour de France riding through their towns and villages; they come out in their thousands with cow bells and flags encouraging and supporting the riders along the route. The locals dress the entire area in yellow, green and polka dot; phenomenal bike artworks adorn the entire route.

Each year we have asked for, and received, very constructive feedback from riders, the local community and volunteers. We are pleased that this year we are able to implement all the most frequently suggested improvements for L’Étape Australia 2018.


Routes

Riders on both the Race and the Ride will start and finish in Jindabyne. We are very grateful to the police and traffic authorities to enable us to do this from now on.

The Race will take riders from Jindabyne 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 170km with a 3,000m height gain, with the new, long decent. The Race will have four Food Zones and two Energy Zones.

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 108km with a 1,600m height gain. The Ride will have two Food Zones and one Energy Zone.

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.

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.

For more information about the route, consult the dedicated page.


Dates

This year, L’Étape Australia will take place on Saturday 1 December.


Registration and Price

A new fast, simple and user-friendly registration system has been developed which will open at 12:00pm on Thursday 3rd May. The registration platform will be accessible from here.


Ambassadors

Riders told us they wanted Australian Ambassadors. In 2018 we have two home-grown riders who won their first races in Australia and are riding for the only Australia UCI World Tour Team. They are Amanda Spratt and Mathew Hayman. You’ll hear more from them soon.


Amendment and Cancellation policy

Last but not least, we have expanded the details of our Abandonment and Cancellation policy. You will find the details in the T&C’s.

A message from Christian Prudhomme, General Director of the Tour de France

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

L’Étape by le Tour de France Series

L’Étape Australia is part of the international circuit of Tour de France events.

There are 15 L’Étape events around the world, all based on the original L’Étape du Tour which takes place during the Tour de France with 15,000 amateur riders.

In 2016 and 2017 L’Étape Australia was the largest L’Étape event outside France, a record we will work hard to maintain.

 

 

L’Étape Series 2018

L’Étape Acapulco

Saturday 07 April

L’Étape Costa Rica

Sunday 03 June

L’Étape Wales

Sunday 10 June

L’Étape du Tour

Sunday 08 July

L’Étape Colombia

Sunday 02 September

L’Étape California

Sunday 02 September

L’Étape London

Sunday 23 September

L’Étape Beijing

Sunday 23 September

L’Étape  Brasil

Sunday 30 September

L’Étape Mexico

Sunday 30 September

L’Étape Thailand

Sunday 21 October

L’Étape Queretaro

Sunday 25 November

L’Étape Australia

Saturday 1st December

L’Étape China
 L’Étape Taiwan

Le Tour de France

Running from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2018, the 105th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,329 kilometres.

  • 8 flat stages
  • 5 hilly stages
  • 6 mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet)
  • 1 individual time-trial
  • 1 team time-trial
  • 2 rest days

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