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Sportive Date 5th Jul 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

Etape du Tour Three To Four-Night Packages

If you are interested in cycling the most famous sportive in the world, book on to the Etape du Tour (also known as the L'Etape du tour) and ride the Queen stage. The 2020 route includes awesome climbs in, what we believe to be, one of the world's best cycling regions.

What is the Etape du Tour?

The first Etape du Tour took place in 1993, allowing amateur cyclists the opportunity to race over the same ground as the pros during the Tour de France.

The roads are closed during this sportive, and refreshment stops can be expected along the way, replicating stage two of the Tour de France in every possible way.

Each year welcomes approximately 15,000 riders to take on the challenge of riding 177km, reaching highs of 3,570m.

High Mountains

Terrain

Mountains

France

Country

France

Hard

Difficulty

Hard

Riders

Riders

15,000

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Experiencing the world’s ultimate sportive

    If you are searching for the most memorable sportive, this is it. The event sets the entire town buzzing for the whole weekend, welcoming cycle enthusiasts the world over.

  • New routes to explore

    Even if you have ridden the Etape du Tour before, this will be an entirely new experience, thanks to the introduction of new routes. The sportive includes conquering the Col d’Eze and the Col de Turini, surrounded by stunning scenery.

  • Meet like-minded people

    We have chosen bike-friendly hotels, so there will be plenty of opportunities to befriend individuals who share your passion. Whether you are planning a trip with friends and family or are coming alone; you won’t be lacking for good company.

Itinerary

When you book the Sportive through us, you will have a choice of two bike-friendly hotels (booked by us on your behalf), as well as the opportunity to rent one of our bikes.

Our team of local guides have years of experience cycling the Etape du Tour; and will be available to answer questions or provide hints and tips to ensure you get the most out the sportive.

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

● Thursday is the arrival day for cyclists who book onto our four-night package.
● Transfers will leave the airport at 15:15, 18:00 and 22:00.
● Our mechanics will deliver and fit bikes for those who have opted to rent from us. They will also be on hand to help build everyone else's bikes, should it be required.

Friday 3rd July

● Friday is the arrival day for cyclists who book onto our three-night package.
● A warm-up 50km ride is organised for 10:00.
● An additional 50km warm-up ride is also available at 16:00.
● Entries to the sportive will be delivered to your hotel (when you book with us directly).

Saturday 4th July

● There will be a final 50km warm-up ride in preparation for the sportive, leaving the hotel at 10:00. (This route includes taking in the last loop of the sportive).
● We will host a pre-race brief in the late afternoon that covers the logistics, strategies and includes general coaching.

Sunday 5th July

● An early breakfast will be available, helping everyone fuel up for the ride ahead.
● We will transport participants and their bikes to the starting pens.
● The route will hold two private feed stations. You can drop off any personal items such as additional layers and nutritious snacks beforehand, ready for collection at these feed stations.
● Following the sportive, we will return to the hotel to celebrate.

Monday 6th July

● There are three transfers from the hotel to the airport: 08:45, 13:00 and 18:35.

Choose the hotel

Hotel MonsignyHotel Brice Garden

Hotel Monsigny

17 Avenue Malaussena, 06000 Nice, France

    About the Hotel

    This hotel boasts more space than you would expect from a traditional three-star hotel. Located a couple of hundred metres away from the town centre, there will be plenty to explore during your downtime. Recently renovated, the rooms are clean and modern, with a terrace that is perfect for pre and post-ride relaxation.

    Hotel Brice Garden

    44 Rue du Maréchal Joffre, 06000 Nice, France

      About the Hotel

      Based in central Nice, this four-star hotel is spacious with a restaurant within the flower garden. Your bike will be stored safely in a meeting room, and breakfast will be served early on the day of the sportive.

      Other Services

      • Bike Rental

        You are more than welcome to transport your bike to the sportive; however, if you don’t want the hassle and strain of bringing it overseas, you could rent a Giant Bike from us. We will deliver it to your hotel and take it off your hands once you have conquered the sportive. Our mechanics will be on hand on your arrival to carry out a fitting.

         
      Routes & FAQs

      The Routes

      The Etape du Tour 2020 route begins in Nice with some early leg-softening climbs. The course spans 177km and includes three long ascents. The elevation this year is slightly lower than the 2017 and 2018 route.

      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

      We offer a range of transfers from Nice airport to the hotel. Please book your flights to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to our transfer departure.

      Below is a list of departure times and potential flight options.

      • Thursday 15:15 Aer Lingus 11:00 DUB
      • Thursday 15:15 Easyjet 11:25 LGW
      • Thursday 15:15 BA 11:30 LHR
      • Thursday 18:00 Easyjet 13:50 MAN
      • Thursday 18:00 Easyjet 14:05 LGW
      • Thursday 18:00 BA 14:20 LHR
      • Thursday 22:00 Ryanair 17:25 DUB
      • Thursday 22:00 BA 17:55 LHR
      • Thursday 22:00 Ryanair 18:00 STN
      • Thursday 22:00 Easyjet 18:20 LGW

      Documents Required

      To participate in the Etape du Tour, you must obtain a medical certificate signed by a doctor. There is a template that we can provide to assist with this.

      In addition, the following documentation is required:
      ● ID.
      ● A print out of your race number from your ASO challenges page which will become available approximately two weeks before the sportive. Your medical certificate must be uploaded via your ASO account before the event.
      ● Your race pack - we will collect these and deliver them to your hotel.

      What to Pack

      We will be at the pens early so weather can vary. We recommend that you bring arm warmers and a gilet while you wait for the sportive to begin. It is worthwhile monitoring the weather in the runup to the event so you can pack accordingly. The race itself does not include massive heights or summits, yet the route can be chilly. Therefore, we recommend packing a light windproof jacket.

      Registration

      You can purchase your entry with us, after which we will send through instructions regarding registration via the ASO website. The deadline to activate your entry will be in May, and we will send a reminder closer to the date.

      Around two weeks before the Etape, you will receive a Convocation on ASO’s website. We will collect and deliver entry packs to those who have booked through us.

      Start & Finish

      The sportive will begin between 06:30 and 07:00 and is organised to start in stages, with the last group starting at 09:00.

      Your start time will be based on your race number unless you have taken part in the Etape previously. If you have taken part before, your start time will be assigned based on your previous finishing time and the expected times you specified in your registration form.

      Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that your start time will be the same as the rest of your group. You can specify similar times in your registration form; however, there is no assurance that you will all be in the same pen. While it is not possible to move forward when in pen, you can move backwards so that you can all ride together.

      Getting my Bike to the Etape

      If you do not want to go through the stress of packing your bike, booking it onto your flight and hoping that the airline treats it with care, we offer a bike transport service running from Manchester and London.

      Your bike will be carefully packed into our custom bike trailer and will be looked after by our expert cyclists.

      As an alternative, you can rent a Giant bike from us. Our mechanics will have it built and ready for your arrival and take it off your hands afterwards to clean and break down.

      Flying Out

      We have scheduled three transfers from the hotel to the airport. Please arrange all flights to leave a minimum of two hours after our transfer arrives at Nice airport.

      • Monday 08:45 Easyjet 10:45 LTN
      • Monday 08:45 BA 11:20 LGW
      • Monday 08:45 BA 12:00 LHR
      • Monday 13:00 Easyjet 15:00 LGW
      • Monday 13:00 Aer Lingus 15:25 DUB
      • Monday 13:00 BA 15:25 LHR
      • Monday 18:35 Jet2 20:35 MAN
      • Monday 18:35 Ryanair 21:35 DUB
      • Monday 18:35 BA 21:45 LHR
      • Monday 18:35 Easyjet 21:55 LGW
      • Monday 18:35 Easyjet 22:05 EDI
      • Monday 18:35 Easyjet 22:10 LTN
      • Monday 18:35 Ryanair 22:55 STN

      Travel Packages

      Popular Packages

      We offer a range of travel packages, so there is sure to be something that suits your taste. All of our Etape du Tour packages include:

      All Packages Include:

      • A choice of bike-friendly hotels in fantastic locations.
      • On-site mechanics.
      • Daily guided rides led by local experts.
      • World-class cycling coaching.
      • Airport transfers.
      • Pre sportive briefing.
      • Private feed stops.
      3 Nights: 3 - 6th Jul 2020
      Summary Price Quantity Total  

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

      £699 £699 Less than 5 left

      Twin Package: 3 Star
      Apart Hotel Ajoupa
      3 nights twin apartment
      Return transfers from Nice
      Mechanic support, pre race briefs, warm up rides & private feed stops.

      £999 £999 Book Now

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

      £699 £699 Sold Out

      Twin Package: 4 Star
      Hotel Brice Garden
      3 nights twin or double room incl breakfast
      Return transfers from Nice
      Mechanic support, pre race briefs, warm up rides & private feed stops.

      £939 £939 Sold Out
      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 £699
      Twin Room £469

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      Single Room £899
      Twin Room £599
      • 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