This coming July 8th, during the 28th edition of the Étape du Tour, 15,000 amateur cyclists will get a taste of what it is like to be a rider on the Tour de France. The 2018 edition of L’Étape takes in a 169km route from Annecy to Grand-Bornand. The professional riders will compete on the same course on stage 10 of this year’s Tour.
Organised by A.S.O., the company behind the Tour de France, the Étape du Tour… ‘has all the ingredients that has made the Tour de France what it is today: a friendly village at the start of the race, closed roads, a timed stage and an arrival in front of a massive crowd of enthusiastic spectators.’
On July 8th the Étape will offer the riders a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of a Tour de France stage. In the race village – on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th – an area dedicated to the history of the Tour de France will allow the public and the riders to ‘(re)discover all the specificities of the race and what makes it quintessential’. Around the village, the riders and the public will meet the emblematic characters of the Tour such as spectator/fan/mascot ‘El Diablo’.
The Étape du Tour 2018 promises to be demanding for the riders with a 169km course between Annecy and Grand-Bornand. The cyclists will have to peddle hard to pass the four climbs of Croix Fry, Romme and the Colombière as well as the climb to the Glières plateau, which has never been included in the Tour de France. Each climb will be timed and the results will determine the classification of the best climber.
Guides for shining on race day
In order for the riders to be ideally prepared for this race and for them to savour their arrival at Grand-Bornand, the organizers have made different guides available to them. A training guide, conceived by the National Technical Direction of the French Cycling Federation, presents all the necessary sessions to optimise physical preparation. Also, an equipment tip guide, put together in partnership with Rapha, recommends the clothing to wear to give riders their best possible chance.
In addition, written in collaboration with Isostar, a nutrition guide will be published soon. All the guides are available and can be downloaded from the letapedutour.com site.
This coming May 26th, the ‘Roulons ensemble’ initiative of the French Cycling Federation (F.F.C.) and A.S.O. will make the ‘passion of cycling come alive’. The Roulons ensemble operation offers, with the participation of several clubs in France, a free of charge and adapted ride accompanied by qualified supervisors. A.S.O. adds that the objective will be to take part in the most beautiful training rides and share a moment of conviviality.