Following extensive community and stakeholders’ consultation, Lateral Events announced today that The Ride, the shorter of the two distances on offer at L’Étape Australia by Tour de France, will be placed on hold in 2021.

The 80km route travels from Kiama to Berry via Gerringong, Bomaderry and Shoalhaven Heads. The route crosses the Princes Highway at a major roundabout in Bomaderry, impacting restaurants, shopping centres, a sports complex and major factories.

The 136km Race will be held as planned.

The organisers and the local authorities have explored multiple options to maintain The Ride, but Tour de France standards, including fully closed roads, couldn’t be met without creating substantial impact on local communities through the extended road closures.

Florent Malézieux, L’Étape Australia Race Director said: “It is paramount to Lateral Events to find the right balance between Tour de France standards and community impact, and we haven’t been able to reach this point yet. Placing The Ride on hold will allow us to focus on The Race, deliver a unique experience to thousands of riders and showcase Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands. We are not abandoning the idea to have The Ride again at a future edition of L’Étape Australia”.

Riders who intended to participate in The Ride are invited to pencil the date of 2-5 December 2021 in their agenda to participate in Lateral Events’ latest cycling event: Drops & Hoods. The first edition of Drops & Hoods will take place in Jindabyne on 2-5 December and will feature seven distances, including the original The Ride (108km) and The Race (170km) of L’Étape Australia.

More information about Drops & Hoods will be revealed after the Tour de France.