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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Departure day. We run three transfers back to the airport at 8,45am, 1pm & 6.35pm.
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.
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.
Range of Giant bikes available for the Etape. These will be delivered and picked up from your hotel.
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
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
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
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 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 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.
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:
Single Package: 3 Star
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Twin Package: 3 Star
Single Package: 4 Star
Twin Package: 4 Star