The 2017 sportive will be the 24th year of the Etape
Christophe Rinero was fastest at the first ever Etape. Five years later he finished 4th in the Tour de France!
In the last 10 years, there have been 5 Etapes in the Pyrenees and 5 in the Alps (on two occasions there were two sportives in the same year).
Briancon is a long drive from the UK so flying is a preferred option. if driving, check the road from Bourg d'Oisan as this has had a lot of closures over the last couple of years.
The nearest airport is in Italy. Turin airport is just under 2 hours away. There are limited flights to Turin. Further afield, Lyon airport is just under 3 hours and Geneva is about the same. As ever with the Etape, if you can avoid flying the Friday before the event we would recommend it as the airports in the UK get overwhelmed with the hundreds of bike boxes.
Upon purchasing your entry here, we will send instructions to register on the ASO website. 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.
Finish time likely to be 7am. The start goes off in stages depending on your race number.
There are two parts to Briancon - the charming old town up the hill and the new town below. The old town has the charm and history, the new town is more convenient. Either way, this is the best option in our opinion for the Etape weekend and is a fantastic base for cyclists and non riders.
Just 5km along the valley floor from Briancon is the ski resort of Chantemerle. This is a charming town with bars, restaurants and shops but still a very short ride / drive from Briancon. The road to the race village is flat so it should be a fairly comfortable ride back even with 178km in your legs.