L'Etape du Tour


HOW DO I REGISTER?

The Etape du Tour is now sold out. To be able to obtain a race number, check out the Alvarum website.

WHERE AND WHEN DO I PICK UP MY RACE NUMBER?

You can pick up your race number at the Welcome Village (La Toussuire – Parking Ravières) Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 from 10am to 8pm. No race numbers will be sent by post, and it will not be possible to pick up your number on race day.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO PICK UP MY RACE NUMBER?

It is imperative for you to have your medical certificate (or 2015 FFC, UFOLEP, FSGT, or FFTri License), your convocation (to print on your account ASO Challenges), and proof of identity.

IS THERE A PASTA PARTY?

The Pasta party will take place after your race at the Finish Village in Toussuire (a warm and savory snack will be served after the challenge).

HOW DOES THE LOTTERY WORK?

A participation coupon will be given to you when you pick up your number at the Welcome Village. All you have to do is fill it out and leave it in the urn which will be at the podium area in the village.
The drawings will take place on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at 18h00. Your presence is mandatory to be able to pick up prizes.

IS THERE A SHUTTLE SERVICE BETWEEN THE ETAPE DU TOUR VILLAGE AND THE START OF THE CHALLENGE?

In 2015, the Etape du Tour Village and the start site are only separated by a few kilometers. Thus, no shuttle service will be proposed to link the two sites.

CAN I CHECK A BAG AT THE START AND PICK IT UP AT THE FINISH?

A baggage check will be available at the start of the Etape at Cathédrâle Place at Saint-Jean de Maurienne. You will be able to drop off your bag in one of the trucks that will be there. Your race number will be put onto a tag which will be given with your race number and attached to your baggage. At the finish, you will be able to recuperate your bag by presenting your race number at the Finish Village in Toussuire.

WHAT TYPES OF BICYCLES ARE AUTHORIZED ON THE ETAPE DU TOUR?

All bicycles that are officially recognized by the FFC are accepted, except for electric bicycles or electrically assisted pedal bicycles. Recumbent or prone bicycles, as well as bicycles equipped with any kind of handlebar extension are prohibited.

IS THE ETAPE DU TOUR TIMED?

The challenge will be timed and there will be a number of different rankings:

  • - Scratch ranking
  • - Real ranking
  • - Real ranking by category

The real ranking is possible because of the time chips that are placed on your handlebar plate. This chip will be detected when you pass the start line and when you cross the finish line to give your real race time. A best climber and a best sprinter challenge will also be put in place on the course.

IS THE ROAD CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DURING THE CHALLENGE?

Throughout the entire challenge, like for the professionals during the Tour de France, you will ride on roads which are closed to traffic. However, a time barrier will be put in place to handle the reopening of the roads. Past the time barrier, the road will be reopen to traffic.

WHAT'S A TIME ITINERARY?

The time itinerary allows planning for closing the road to traffic and handling eliminations from the Etape du Tour. These eliminations are based on defined passing time for each commune crossed. These times have been negotiated with the national and regional police. The strict respect of these schedules (re-opening of the roads to traffic) is the indispensable part of the agreement made to continue to benefit from roads which are completely closed to traffic for this challenge.

WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF ELIMINATION / WITHDRAWAL?

Note that you may be eliminated at any point on the course. The car called “voiture horaire” (or time car) will follow the schedule precisely.
Any competitor who is passed by this vehicle (equipped with a clock) at any point on the course will be considered eliminated.
The “Fin de Course” (or end of the race) will be signaled by a number of cars of the organization. In case of elimination, you will be invited to join one of the repatriation points where the buses/trucks will be able to take care of you, as well as your bicycle, for a return to the Finish Village. The bicycles, loaded into the trucks, will be given back to the cyclists at the Finish Village upon presentation of their race numbers.

ARE HELMETS MANDATORY?

Yes, a rigid helmet is mandatory. You must wear it (chin strap attached) all along the course.

HOW DOES THE ETAPE DU TOUR START TAKE PLACE?

During your registration, you indicated your athletic level. With this information, you have been divided among different start areas according to your athletic performances. Logic follows that the fastest competitors will start before those who are less rapid.
Soon, you will be able to consult your race number on the list of registered competitors. Within the next few days, your convocation and your race number will be available through your ASO Challenges profile. Your start area will correspond to the number in thousands of your race number (for example, if you have the race number 8,567, you will be in the start area number 8).
To help avoid traffic jams and to conserve a maximum level of comfort and security, each start area will have its own start time. There will be intervals of a few minutes in between each start group. This will allow spreading the flow of cyclists and help to avoid traffic jams, which are one of the first difficulties of the course.

ARE THERE REFRESHMENTS ALONG THE COURSE?

Yes, refreshment areas will be positioned at fixed points along the course where there will be water, energy products (powder and bars), fresh fruit, dried fruits, savory snacks, etc.

WHERE CAN I FIND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR MY BICYCLE?

Technical assistance will be at your disposition at the Welcome Village for the last minute tune ups of your bicycle. You will also be able to find assistance along the course. The precise points of mechanical assistance will soon be indicated on the challenge's website. This service, proposed by Mavic is free of charge.

ARE THERE ROAD RULES TO BE FOLLOWED?

The roads will be closed to traffic, but that should not keep you from following a few rules of common sense:

  • - Ride to the right of the road to let cyclists who are faster than yourself to pass in complete security.
  • - Indicate eventual obstacles to the cyclists behind you by lifting your arm.
  • - Leave the road if a technical problem makes you stop.
  • - Stay attentive and concentrated. This will help you avoid possible accidents.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY RUBBISH DURING THE RACE?

Throughout the course, you will find collection areas which can be seen by large stretched nets. Just keep your rubbish (packaging…) with you and throw it in the nets when you arrive at their level.

WHEN WILL THE RANKING BE PUBLISHED?

The rankings will be published the evening of the Etape du Tour at ASO Challenges.

WHERE CAN I CONSULT MY PERSONAL PHOTOS AND VIDEOS?

Your pictures and personal videos will be available a few days after the challenge at ASO Challenges.

IS THERE A CLOSED BIKE PARK AT THE VILLAGE TO KEEP MY BICYCLE?

Bike Park – La Toussuire – Opening hours:

  • - Friday, 7/17: 10am - 8pm
  • - Saturday, 7/18: 10am - 8pm
  • - Sunday, 7/19: 4:30am - 8pm
  • - Guardian from Saturday night to Sunday only.



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