For the 28th edition of L’Étape du Tour, which will be contested on July 8, 2018, from Annecy to Grand Bornand, 15,000 cycling enthusiasts will set off on the same 169km course that the professionals will race on for stage 10 of the Tour de France.
In order to take on the preparation of L’Étape du Tour, a free training plan is being offered to all amateur riders. As the organising team at A.S.O points out, ‘they have three months to be as best prepared as possible to reach their objectives.’
New official app
As part of the launch of A.S.O’s new ‘time to’ platform, L’Étape du Tour participants can also benefit, from an ‘enriched and redesigned app meeting their needs in terms of preparation tips or practical information.’ On race day, the app will also allow riders to be followed by friends and family all along their ride to Grand-Bornand.
The organisers hope that the 15,000 cyclists who stormed the website to procure their race bibs for L’Étape du Tour will be just as enthusiastic to ride their bikes in the cold, drizzle and showers, to prepare for their biggest challenge of the year. With three months to go, the amateur riders now enter a decisive period in their training.
Whatever the goal that has been set, in terms of classification or time, ‘each rider should establish a precise programme with each session concentrating on a specific function… To help stick to the programme, L’Étape du Tour is proposing these riders, for the very first time, a training guide developed by the Direction Technique Nationale of the French Cycling Federation, detailing all of the training sessions they need.
By completing the training plan now available on letapedutour.com, a technical guide will also be made available to the riders in May, followed by a nutrition guide in June.