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.
During the months of July 2011 and 2012, the Etape du Tour is played on two acts with a choice between two different playgrounds, and for the more adventurous the opportunity to take part in the double prestige.
The Etape du Tour is a new passage in Haute-Savoie.
Annecy, the "Venice of the Alps" will welcome you during 3 days, between mild summer of the lake and close to many passes and summits.
The program for this 21th edition is a very nervous route of 130 km fully drawn in Bauges, a sequence of small hamlets and villages in the protected environment of the natural park.
The profile of this step does not promise much rest time, the altitude is distributed among many ascents. The grand finale will take place on the rise of Semnoz, which has impressive percentages.
After a finish at the top of the sport Semnoz, you will descend slowly towards Annecy, to find your relatives and village facilities, for a well deserved rest.