A pretty Alpine village in the heart of cycling land. Le Grand Bornand is close to a lot of great climbs including the Colombiere, Romme & Glieres as well as some climbs not features in the race including the Aravis. This village has a number of good bars and restaurants and a few smaller shops. We run shuttles to Annecy for the Etape so this is a nice option if you want to be in the mountains and by the finish line.
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.
Annecy or le Grand Bornand are easy to get to. Regular flights into Geneva leave from all major UK & Irish airports and the transfers are quick (around 1 hour). It is possible to drive, it is a 7hr30 hack from Calais but parking is tricky in Annecy. Le Grand Bornand is more car friendly. The race village is in Annecy - we have shuttles from le Grand Bornand or it is possible to ride there.
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.
Finish time likely to be 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).