L'Étape Australia strengthens its game in the third edition
Since its inception in 2016, L’Étape Australia by 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.
L’Étape Australia is the largest Tour de France event held outside France since 2016.
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.
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 170km long with a 3,000m height gain, with the 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 is located on 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.
For more information about the route, consult the dedicated page.
This year, L’Étape Australia will take place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November.
Registration and Price
Registrations will open at 12:00pm on Monday 3rd June. The registration platform will be accessible from here.
L’Étape Australia 2019 ambassadors will be announced in April 2019.
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.