Test your stamina and determination on a choice of two demanding and beautiful routes, both on fully closed roads and held under professional race conditions.
4 - 9 hrs
The Race delivers a route that is as tough as a mountainous stage of the Tour de France, under full Tour de France Professional conditions and runs on fully closed roads.
3 - 6 hrs
The shorter version of the Race, the Ride, is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final Col de Kosciuszko climb. At 108km and a peak of 1,300m the Ride is still a significant challenge
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Riders on both the Race and the Ride will start and finish in Jindabyne.
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 descent. 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.
The Race and The Ride
COMPETING FOR THE TOUR DE FRANCE JERSEYS
Individual participants in the Race at L’Étape Australia will be provided the unique opportunity of competing for the authentic Tour de France jerseys:
THE YELLOW JERSEY will be presented to the first male and female individual to cross the finish line of the Race.
Since 1919, the Yellow Jersey has been used to reward the leader in the general classification. A combination of technical detail and design, the most recent Yellow Jersey (2015) celebrates the 40th Tour de France finish on the Champs-Elysées. This anniversary edition takes us back to the day when French cyclist Bernard Thévenet became the first man to don the Yellow Jersey on the world’s most beautiful avenue.
THE POLKA-DOT JERSEY will be presented to the individual male and female Race winners of the King of the Mountain, timed across on both the Col de Beloka and Col de Kosciuszko climbs.
The King of the Mountains classification was created in 1933 for the best climbers, first won by Spain’s Vicente Trueba, however the Polka-Dot Jersey only appeared in 1975. France’s Richard Virenque holds the record of most KOM jerseys: he won it seven times between 1994 and 2004.
THE WHITE JERSEY will be presented to the first male and female individual to cross the finish line of the Race aged 25 years or less on the day of the event.
The White Jersey was created in 1975. In 1988, the jersey was abandoned, but not the best young rider classification. The White Jersey was reintroduced in the peloton in 2000 and rewards the best-placed under-25 rider in the overall standings. The jersey revealed some of the best talents in the sport – Denis Menchov in 2003, Alberto Contador in 2007, Andy Schleck from 2008 and 2010, Pierre Rolland in 2012.
While professional and semi-professional riders can compete, only amateur riders qualify for the Tour de France jerseys.
L’Étape Australia will also provide prizes for winners in other Categories of the event outside of the iconic Tour de France Jerseys.
Prizes will also be awarded for the following participants in the Race and the Ride:
- The Men’s Race Team Prize
- The Women’s Race Team Prize
- The Mixed Race Team Prize
- The Men’s Ride Team Prize
- The Women’s Ride Team Prize
- The Mixed Ride Team Prize
- The fastest male and female Ride participant in the timed Col de Beloka climb
All Jersey and prize winners must have completed their allocated route in the allowed time to be eligible for awards.