- Ride stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France alongside 9000 other sportive riders
- Spectacular 130km route with 3000m of climbing to conquer
- Concentrate on the race as we provide full back up and logistical support
- Enjoy 5 nights in wonderful Annecy, the 'Venice of the Alps'
Note: Our 2014 itinerary will be online in early November following the announcement of the 2014 Tour de France route at the end of October 2013.
The way that Bradley Wiggins managed to dominate this year's Tour de France made the race appear relatively straightforward, but just how difficult is a mountain stage in the French Alps. This is a unique opportunity to really find out. The Etape du Tour was established in 1993 to allow amateur cyclists from all over the world to test their legs on exactly the same roads as their heroes.
This year's route will mimic stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France - a challenging 130km day with six climbs from the beautiful town of Annecy to the summit finish at nearby Semnoz. What makes the route particularly interesting is that it will be the final road stage before the final procession into Paris. The race attracts some ex-pros and other very strong riders but for most participants the real goal is to complete the course, claim your finisher's medal and enjoy the fantastic sense of achievement.
You will need to be very fit and well prepared, but it is amazing how signing up for an event like this will help to motivate you to train through the winter months. Your reward will be a once in a lifetime experience.
Extracts magazine article about Riding the Etape du Tour ...
Andy Ross, Exodus Cycling Programme Manager, writes about Riding the Etape du Tour (January 2013).
Early morning start at the Etape du Tour