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Sportive Date 5th July 2020
Nights Available 3 to 4 Nights
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Etape du Tour Nice France
Hotels in the best locations
Airport transfers
Optional Extras Guaranteed Entry
Mechanic Support & Feed Station
Daily Warm Up Rides
Optional Extras Bike Rental
Sportive Overview
Etape du Tour By Sportive Breaks
Routes & FAQs
Travel Packages
Tour Overview

Etape du Tour

The Etape du Tour de France is the most famous sportive in the world. This is your chance to ride the queen stage of the Tour de France and in 2020 this brings us to Nice. A break from the usual Alps or Pyrenees stages, this is an amazing route highlighting some of the best climbs in one of our favourite regions in the world for riding.
The route is long for an Etape at 177km with three long climbs. The overall elevation is similar to 2016 & 17 but slightly down on the last two years. Join us in Nice for 3 or 4 nights. Our expert team of mechanics and guides have years of experience at the Etape helping cyclists like you ride at their best. In each hotel you will find a dedicated mechanic to work on any issues and we have daily guided rides to get you ready. The night before we have expert pre race briefings and on the ride we have two private feed stops so you can avoid the crowded feeds on the route and drop off any personal items like extra layers, your own nutrition etc. We look forward to seeing you in Nice!

High Mountains

Terrain

Mountains

France

Country

France

Hard

Difficulty

Hard

Riders

Riders

15,000

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Ride the world's top sportive

    There is nothing quite like the Etape. The host town buzzes all weekend with the sound of cycling enthusiasts from around the world. The atmosphere on the course is great with locals cheering you round the whole way.

  • Ride new climbs

    This year's Etape takes in some new routes outside of the standard Alps & Pyrenees. Take on the classic Col de Turini, Col d'Eze & More in the beautiful region to the north of Nice.

  • Feel part of a team

    All our hotels are full with Etape riders & our support staff. The atmosphere with all of us aiming for the same goal and people helping each other is one of the great things of this sportive.

Itinerary

Your chance to ride the most famous sportive in the world over the Queen's stage of the most famous cycling race in the world - the Tour de France. In 2020 we have an incredible route from Nice including the Col de Turini & Col d'Eze

Why Book With Us

  • A range of hotels in the best locations
  • Sportive Breaks mechanic on site
  • Guided Warm Up Rides
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Pre race briefing with world class cycling coach & private feed station on the route.

Itinerary

Thursday 2nd July

Arrival day for 4 night packages. We run transfers at 3.15pm, 6pm & 10pm. Our mechanics are on hand to fit rentals or help build bikes.
Each evening we will have dinner options for you to join so you can eat with like minded riders.

Friday 3rd July

Arrival day for 3 night packages. We run a 50km warm up ride at 10am and another at 4pm for you to test your bike and legs. Entries are delivered to your hotel if you book directly with us.

Saturday 4th July

Final prep for the Etape. We have a 50km warm up ride at 10am taking in the last loop of the route so you know what to expect tomorrow.
In the late afternoon we have our pre race brief running through logistics, strategies and coaching points for the ride.

Sunday 5th July

Etape day! Early breakfast and then head to the start pens. We have two private feed stops on the route and will then help with post ride celebrations back at the hotel!

Monday 6th July

Departure day. We run three transfers back to the airport at 8,45am, 1pm & 6.35pm.

Choose the hotel

Hotel du MidiHotel MonsignyHotel Gounod
Hotel Brice GardenHotel Splendid & Spa

Hotel du Midi

16 Rue d'Alsace-Lorraine, 06000 Nice, France

    About the Hotel

    Centrally located in Nice, the Hotel du Midi is a good 3* option. The whole hotel will be full of riders so the atmosphere will be great. We will have a mechanic in the lobby area set up to work on any bike issues. Bikes are stored in a storage area in the hotel and there is an early breakfast on the morning of the Etape.

    Hotel Monsigny

    17 Avenue Malaussena, 06000 Nice, France

      About the Hotel

      The Monsigny is a comfy hotel with more space than most 3* options in Nice. Set a couple of hundred metres from the centre of town, the hotel was renovated a couple of years ago so rooms are modern and clean. The terrace is a nice spot to relax pre & post ride.

      Hotel Gounod

      3 Rue Gounod, 06000 Nice, France

        About the Hotel

        A really good 3* hotel option in the lanes of central Nice. There is access to the rooftop terrace & pool at the 4* hotel next door. Bikes are stored in a secure meeting room in the hotel and we have a mechanic on hand.

        Hotel Brice Garden

        44 Rue du Maréchal Joffre, 06000 Nice, France

          About the Hotel

          A spacious 4 star hotel in central Nice. There is a nice restaurant in the flower garden, a perfect place to relax pre ride. Bikes are stored in a meeting room where our mechanic is on hand to work on any issues. There is a good early breakfast on the morning of the Etape.

          Hotel Splendid & Spa

          50 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 06000 Nice, France

            About the Hotel

            Our top hotel in Nice for the Etape. The Hotel Spendid & Spa has comfy, modern rooms, a good spa, rooftop terrace with pool and we have a mechanic set up in our own area to work on bikes and make sure everything is working perfectly for the ride. Bikes are stored in our meeting room,

            Other Services

            • Bike Rental

              Range of Giant bikes available for the Etape. These will be delivered and picked up from your hotel.

               
            Routes & FAQs

            The Routes

            The Etape du Tour 2020 route takes us to Nice & the Alpes-Maritimes for some incredible riding. The start out of Nice will be quick followed by a leg softening section to the climbs. The first climb, the Col de la Colmaine is 16km at 6% and is quickly followed by the Col de Turini, 15km at 7% - as big a one two punch as most things you get in the Alps or Pyrenees. After a quick descent back into Nice we hit the Col d'Eze before rolling back into Nice for the finish.

            Choose the Route

            Ride Distance: 177

            Elevation gain: 3570

            A loop route starting and ending in central Nice with three big climbs.

             

            Frequently Asked Questions

            Getting There

            All our packages include return transfers. Please book flights to meet our transfer times:
            Thursday (departing Nice airport at):
            3.15pm, suitable for BA 11.30 from LHR, Easyjet 11.25 from LGW, Aer Lingus 11.00 from DUB
            6pm suitable for BA 14.20 from LHR, Easyjet 14.05 from LGW, Easyjet 13.50 from MAN
            10pm suitable for BA 17.55 from LHR, Easyjet 18.20 from LGW, Ryanair 17.25 from DUB, Ryanair 18.00 from STN, Easyjet 18.20 from LTN
            Friday:
            12.05pm suitable for BA 7.50 from LHR, BA 7.25 from LGW, Easyjet 7.00 from STN, Easyjet 7.20 from LTN, Jet2 8.15 from MAN
            3.15pm suitable for BA 11.20 from LHR, Easyjet 11.25 from LGW, Aer Lingus 11.00 from DUB
            10pm suitable for BA 18.00 from LHR, Easyjet 18.20 from LGW, Ryanair 17.25 from DUB, Easyjet 18.30 from LTN, Easyjet 17.55 from EDI
            On Monday, book flights that depart 2 hours after our transfers arrive at Nice airport:
            8.45am suitable for 12.00 BA to LHR, 11.20 BA to LGW, 10.45 Easyjet to STN, 10.45 Easyjet to LTN
            1pm suitable for 15.00 Easyjet to LGW, 15.25 Aer Lingus to DUB, 15.25 BA to LHR
            6.35pm suitable for 20.35 to Jet2 MAN, 21.35 Ryanair to Dub, 21.45 BA to LHR, 21.55 Easyjet to LGW, 22.05 Easyjet to EDI, 22.10 Easyjet to LTN, 22.55 Ryanair to STN

            Documents Required

            You will need to get a medical certificate signed off by your doctor (we will send you a template for this) showing you are fit for a cycling event. Bring this, some ID and a print out of your race number that will appear on your ASO Challenges page approx 2 weeks before the race. Medical certificates must be uploaded to your ASO account before the sportive. New for 2020 - we will collect your race packs and deliver them to your hotel.

            What to Pack

            The pens open early so unless it is very hot, you are likely to need arm warmers and a gilet while you wait to start. Pay careful attention to the forecasts and pack accordingly, while the route does not hit massive heights the summits can often be chilly so a light windproof jacket is very useful. We have a full tool shop for the Etape and work with local bike partners if you need anything.

            Registration

            Upon purchasing your entry here, we will send instructions to register on the ASO website. You have until May to activate your entry, we will remind you to do this in May if you haven't already done so. Approx 2 weeks before the Etape you will get a Convocation on the ASO website. We will then be collecting your entries if you book them through us and delivering them to your hotel so no queuing at the race village.

            Start & Finish

            Start time likely to be 6.30am to 7am. The start goes off in stages depending on your race number with the last group going out at 9am. The start groups are assigned based on previous Etape finishing times and the expected times you put in the registration form. If you are riding in a group and want to start together, put the same time. You are not guaranteed to be in the same pen and at the start it is not possible to move forward in your pens (but you can move back to be together).

            Getting my Bike to the Etape

            We are running a bike transport service from Manchester & London in 2020. No packing your bikes, no hoping the airline takes good care of it. Transported in our custom bike trailer and looked after by cyclists. Bikes will be at your hotel when you arrive. Alternatively, we have a range of bike rentals or book your bike on your flight when you book your flight.

            Travel Packages

            Popular Packages

            We have a range of 3 & 4 star hotels in central Nice. In the cart you can add sportive entry, bike rental or bike transport from the UK.

            All Packages Include:

            • Bike friendly hotels
            • Return airport transfers
            • Daily warm up rides
            • Mechanic on site
            • Pre ride briefing and private feed stops
            Entry Only: 5 - 5th Jul 20203 Nights: 3 - 6th Jul 2020
            Summary Price Quantity Total  

            Race Entry

            Etape du Tour Entry
            Access to Pre Race Briefing
            Access to Private Feed Station

            £169.00 £169.00 Book Now
            Summary Price Quantity Total  

            Single Package: 3 Star
            Hotel du Midi
            3 nights single room incl breakfast
            Return transfers from Nice
            Mechanic support, pre race briefs, warm up rides & private feed stops.

            £449 £449 Less than 5 left

            Twin Package (Two People): 3 Star
            Hotel du Midi
            3 nights twin room incl breakfast
            Return transfers from Nice
            Mechanic support, pre race briefs, warm up rides & private feed stops.

            £599 £599 Less than 5 left

            Single Package: 3 Star
            Hotel Gounod
            3 nights single room incl breakfast
            Return transfers from Nice
            Mechanic support, pre race briefs, warm up rides & private feed stops.

            £599 £599 Book Now

            Twin Package (Two People): 3 Star
            Hotel Gounod
            3 nights twin room incl breakfast
            Return transfers from Nice
            Mechanic support, pre race briefs, warm up rides & private feed stops.

            £749 £749 Book Now

            Single Package: 4 Star
            Hotel Splendid & Spa
            3 nights single room incl breakfast
            Return transfers from Nice
            Mechanic support, pre race briefs, warm up rides & private feed stops.

            £799 £799 Less than 5 left

            Twin Package (Two People) : 4 Star
            Hotel Splendid & Spa
            3 nights single room incl breakfast
            Return transfers from Nice
            Mechanic support, pre race briefs, warm up rides & private feed stops.

            £999 £999 Less than 5 left
            Rob, Etape du Tour, 2019: "very well organised, great mechanic service. The food stop was well organised, maybe the individual bags should be left in the shade but otherwise it was a great stop, lots of food, oranges and cola very important! Training spin was well organised. Hotel was a good selection and very comfortable. Plenty of information was provided. Míle buíochas "

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            Single Room £399
            Twin Room £299

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            4 nights

            Single Room £499
            Twin Room £399
            • Choice of hotels
            • Airport transfers
            • Daily guided rides
            • Pre Race Brief & Mechanical support
            • Two Private Feed Stops
            • Flights
            • Lunches & Evening Meals
            • Insurance
            • Bike Rental & Sportive Entries Available