L'Etape du Tour, established in 1993 to allow amateur cyclists to test their legs on the route of one of the mountain stages in the Tour de France, has become the reference race for cyclosportive riders from all over the world.
Over 50 different nationalities are represented in the field. Riders come from faraway countries, all of them burning with the same passion for the Tour de France and the legendary French mountains.
Since L'Etape du Tour is a travelling race, it is a unique yearly chance to discover new regions and new landscapes, to combine a sports challenge with tourism in France.
In view of the success of the last few editions, we have implemented a solution which allows us to satisfy as many cyclists as possible.
On July 19, a few days before the Tour de France pack passes, thousands of amateur cyclists are expected at the 23rd edition of the Etape du Tour, on the course of the 19th stage, between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and the La Toussuire-Les Sybelles resort town. On the program, there will be climbs at the Chaussy, the Croix de Fer (by “Glandon”), and the Mollard Passes, and the final climb towards La Toussuire – Les Sybelles.
The Etape du Tour is THE reference race that cyclists want to experience, the race to test and measure oneself against, the race where one can become part of the legend and part of a special community with one's leg strength. By comparing yourself to the professional champions who will climb the same slopes a few days later, you'll create a sort of complicity with them. The difficulty of it only helps make the ties stronger.
To experience this wonderful sensation, you'll have to increase your rhythm and your means on the roads of the Alps which have long been considered a monument of cycling throughout the world.
After the start at Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, you'll need to quickly set your rhythm before the first race difficulty at the Chaussy Pass, with its 15.4km climb and its average gradient at 6.3%. A long descent to La Chambre will be followed by good valley roads leading up to the first kilometers of the climb at the Croix de Fer Pass (by “Glandon”) at kilometer 62.5. With its 22.4 kilometers of ascension at an average gradient of nearly 7% (some parts are at 10%), you'll still need to save some energy to assure the climb at Mollard and the beginning of the final climb (at kilometer 123.5) toward La Toussuire – Les Sybelles at an altitude of 1705 meters.
The target is at the height of the beautiful scenery throughout the 142 kilometers of this demanding stage.
The record of 13,500 cyclists registered and 10,627 finishers, made in 2013 between Annecy and Annecy-Semnoz, risks to be beaten!