L’Étape Australia by Tour de France was created in 2016 by Lateral Events, an Australian-owned and operated event management company.
Following four successful editions in the Snowy Mountains, L’Étape Australia is relocating to Kiama, 2 hours South of Sydney and yet in regional NSW, on 19-20 March 2021.
In addition to being the only Official Tour de France event in Australia, there are many good reasons to take part in the event!
- Ride on fully closed roads
Like the Tour de France, L’Étape Australia takes place on fully closed roads. It is the perfect environment for riders who are looking to take part in their first event without the added pressure of car traffic. For the most experienced riders, it is a unique opportunity to focus on your riding, attack from the back of the peloton, take the perfect line and never ever yell “Car back!”.
- L'Étape is accessible to everyone
With two distances available (The Race – 136km | The Ride – 80km) and The Ride being open to electric bikes, L’Étape Australia caters for absolutely all types of cyclists.
- Kiama is regional NSW (but 2 hours from Sydney)
Kiama is a beautiful coastal town located South of Wollongong. It is only a 2-hour drive from Sydney, or 2h20min train ride, but it is located in regional NSW. It means Kiama is not subject to the tighter Covid-19 restrictions imposed to Greater Sydney.
- The logistic is easy
Wether you prefer driving or taking the train, getting to Kiama is easy as.
By car, it is only a 1h45min-drive from Sydney.
By train, it is a 2h20min train ride. Also, Sydney Trains will implement extra services in the lead up to L’Étape Australia as well as during the weekend of the event. The Kiama train station is only 250m from the event Village and everything is at a walking distance in Kiama.
- L'Étape is the perfect family trip
Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands are family friendly destinations. While one of the parents rides L’Étape Australia, it is easy for the rest of the family to go to the beach, have breakfast at a nice café, go for a hike or visit one of the many local attractions. The Illawarra train line makes it easy to get around, and if you prefer driving, the Princes Highway will get you wherever you want to go.
- A Covid-safe environement
As a major event for the state of NSW, L’Étape Australia works closely with NSW Health to develop Covid-specific measures and deliver an event that is safe for the local community, the riders and our staff.
These measures will be detailed in the Riders’ Guide, which will be released on Friday 19 February (one month prior to the event).
- L'Étape Australia supports local businesses
By driving visitation to Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands, and by hiring local contractors and providers L’Étape Australia supports local businesses in their bushfires and Covid-19 recovery.
If you wonder what the event looks like, have a look at the 26-minute documentary produced and broadcast by SBS in 2019