L’ÉTAPE AUSTRALIA BY LE TOUR DE FRANCE
SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017
Lateral Events, in partnership with ASO (owners of the Tour de France) and SBS TV, own and manage L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France, the largest Tour de France event staged outside France, and one of the most prestigious and challenging road cycle races in Australia.
L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France is a unique road cycle event that provides an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible for an amateur to get.
Staged in the Australian NSW Snowy Mountains on 160km of fully closed roads and run under professional Tour de France Race conditions, the route includes a 350m Sprint section and two challenging King of the Mountain sections.
Of the riders in the inaugural event in 2016, 96% said the event was good or very good and 95% said they would recommend the event to their family and friends.
The course is described by Tour de France Director General Christian Prudhomme as ‘providing a very similar experience for riders to a mountainous stage of the Tour de France; traversing through a multitude of stunning landscapes and topographies and truly challenging climbs.
There are two distances; The Race of 157km and the Ride of 126km. The ride includes the Sprint section in Berridale and the infamous first King of the Mountain section Col de Beloka, but excludes the final push up Col Kosciuszko to Perisher.
The local communities have truly embraced the Tour de France coming to the Snowy Mountains. The entire route is decorated with cycling paraphernalia, some exquisite works of art. The towns and villages have adopted the colours of the Tour de France: yellow (Jindabyne), green (Berridale) and polka dot (Dalgety). Last year thousands of locals lined the route with their cow bells, flags and encouragement; the welcome from the local community was extraordinary and created a wonderful ambience throughout the day.
Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome will return in 2017, providing clinics on Friday and then on Saturday riding from the back of the pack to the front. While people can watch Chris ride on TV or at professional events, it is only at L’Étape Australia that riders can ride with the reigning Tour de France champion.
The legendary voice of cycling Phil Liggett and the Australian voice of cycling Matt Keenan will also attend L’Étape Australia in 2017, hosting clinics, the Village and bringing the riders across the line at the Race and Ride Finish line.
The Race route begins at the Skitube Terminal at Bullocks Flat, Crackenback, winds its way with undulating hills through Jindabyne and Rocky Plains before reaching the Sprint section in Berridale. From there the route takes us to Dalgety before the first King of the Mountain section tackling the daunting Col de Beloka, known locally as The Wall. The Ride finishes back in Jindabyne, while the Race makes a final push up the second King of the Mountain section Col de Perisher before arriving at the Finish.
A short train journey on the SkiTube (opened especially for L’Étape Australia) takes riders back to the Start at Bullocks Flat, Crackenback where cars are parked and shuttles are waiting. The SkiTube train will run every 20 minutes in both directions, free for supporters to welcome their riders at the Finish line.
Individual riders vie for Tour de France jerseys, the genuine articles presented at the Champs-Elysées; Yellow for the overall male and female Race winner, Green for the fastest male and female in the Race in the Sprint section, Polka Dot for the fastest male and female in the Race on the combined King of the Mountain sections and white for the fastest male and female rider in the Race under 25 years of age.
Riders can enter as individuals, teams of nine (in which only the top three rider’s results are counted) or groups of 10 or more (in which only the top three rider’s results are counted).
Go to the official webpage to register now!