The most famous sportive in the world! The Etape du Tour is your chance to ride a stage of the Tour de France over completely closed roads and an absolutely stunning route. What makes the Etape so special? The atmosphere on the route is great with riders from around the world and friendly locals helping you up every climb. The organisation is excellent and the race directors who plan the route with meticulous attention to detail are the best in the world. That means you are guaranteed to be riding a very special route with stunning views, historic climbs, fun descents and lots of points of interest. From years of experience, we highly recommend booking at least an extra night to come for at least 4 nights, this gives you extra days for warm up rides in a beautiful part of the world and if you are flying, you avoid the madness at the airport on the Friday as people arrive from all corners of the globe to ride the Etape.
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.
Take advantage of your time in the mountains by joining our warm up rides. We have two routes per day and mix route recons with new climbs.
Coming soon, the 2019 Etape du Tour. 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. The route will be announced in October 2018 and we will have travel packages available soon after.
We have two warm up rides. Option One - Semnoz Loop from Annecy (50km, one climb). Option Two - Romme / Colombier Loop from Le Grand Bornand (65km, three climbs)
Another two warm up rides. Option One - Etape first half recon from Annecy (100km, two climbs). Option Two - Gileres Recon from Annecy (80km, one climb)
Final prep for the Etape. Early spin around the lake (45km, no climbs).
Etape day! Early breakfast and then in pens for a start from 7am.
Range of bike rental available for the Etape.
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 169
Elevation gain: 4017
Every year we take thousands of riders to sportives around the world. While every rider is different, there are a number of shared needs from a trip. We try and add just the things you really need to have a great time and ride at your best without creating pricey packages. Our philosophy is to use the best, locally based & English speaking suppliers who know the area and what is needed to ride in it. For the 2018 Etape du Tour, we will have the following available for anyone booking a hotel with us and all still at the best price guaranteed:
Need help setting up your bike or got a problem when you are out there? Come and visit our onsite mechanic who is available just to Sportive Breaks customers to give free services.
Make the most of your Sportive Break with some guided warm up rides on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday taking in the best local routes and coffee stops.
Join us in November & January for our "Training Kick Off" months. You will receive a free month's training plan and advice from our expert coach.
Give yourself every chance to ride your best with a free 15 minute sports massage on the Friday or Saturday before the Etape.
Want to ride on your own or with your group? We provide you with GPX files and route descriptions for a variety of local routes.
Details to come in October
Upon purchasing your entry here, we will send instructions to register on the ASO website. You have until May to activate the unique code we send you, 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. You will need a print out of this & a signed medical certificate (we will send a template to take to your doctor). Registrations are at the start village and will be open the two days before the sportive.
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).
We are sold out for 2018. New packages for 2019 launch October 2018.
All Packages Include: