L'Etape du Tour - Act 1

How can I register?

The registration period will start on the 12th of November on A.S.O. Challenges.

Go to the "Details and prices" page, where you will need to fill in a form and make a secure payment. It will take you five minutes and you will receive immediate confirmation of your registration by e-mail.

We invite you to read the information from the page "how to register" to learn about the process and validate your registration in good conditions.

Who can register?

The race is open for riders who were born in 1996 or earlier. All foreign riders must present a medical certificate stipulating the absence of contraindications for participation in cycling competitions. Foreign licenses (including UCI license) are not valid for the Etape du Tour 2014.

Where and when can I get my race number?

You can pick up your race number at the Host Village in Pau on Friday, July 18 (2 pm to 8 pm) and Saturday, July 19 (9 am to 9 pm).

Race numbers will not be sent by mail, nor will they be handed out on the day of the race.

What documents do I need to get my race number?

You must have your medical certificate (or licence), your registration convocation (printed from ASO Challenges, in your corner Subsciption Track ) and an identity document with you.

Will there be a pasta party?

Pasta party that usually took place the day before the event is deleted. Indeed, in response to your requests, this service will take place at the finish.

Hot and salty snacks will be served after the event, on the ‘Finish Village’.

How does the tombola work?

Your race number envelope, which you will get at the host village, contains a tombola ticket. You just have to fill it in and put it in the urn available at the podium lorry. The raffle will be held on Sunday, July 19, on the ‘Finish village’.

Can I leave a vehicle near the finishing line?

There is a shuttle service available on the eve of the race, allowing you to leave your vehicle near the finishing line. Saturday, July 19th 2014, between 9am and 6pm, shuttles will run regularly from Argelès-Gazost to Pau (host village). Shuttle seats must be booked in advance at the time of registration.

Therefore, you can leave your vehicle near the finishing line and return to the host village with the shuttle.

Can I leave luggage at the start and pick it up after the finish?

There is a luggage office available at the start of L'Etape. You just need to leave your luggage in the tents provided for such purpose.

Your race number will be written on a label attached to your luggage.
After the finish, you just need to present your race number to retrieve your luggage.

What types of bicycles are allowed in L'Etape du Tour?

All types of bicycles are allowed except electric bicycles.

Is L'Etape du Tour timed?

The race will be timed, allowing for the establishment of several classifications:

  • - A scratch classification
  • - A real-time classification
  • - A real-time classification by categories

The real-time classification is established thanks to a timing chip placed on your handlebar number. This chip will be detected when you cross the starting and finishing lines, giving your real race time.

Since the 2012 edition, timing mats are placed on climbs most important to timed your ascents and make a ‘climber’ ranking.

Is the route closed to traffic during the race?

The route will be closed to traffic during the entire race. Nevertheless, the route will not remain closed forever: a race timetable will be implemented to re-open the route after the race.

What is a race timetable?

The race timetable lets us plan the race route closure and take care of eliminations on L'Etape du Tour. These eliminations are based on defined checkpoint times for each town or city crossed. These times are negotiated with the Prefectures of the departments crossed and the Gendarmerie Nationale.

It is imperative to strictly respect this timetable (for roads to be re-opened to traffic) if we want to continue enjoying a totally closed-off route for the race.

What happens if I am eliminated or withdraw from the race?

Remember that you can be eliminated at any point of the race course. The "race timetable car" follows exactly the race timetable.
All riders overtaken by this vehicle (which is equipped with a stopwatch) will be eliminated from the race, regardless of the point in the race. The "End of the Race" will be marked by several vehicles of the organization.

In case of elimination, you will go to the repatriation points, bus / truck will pick you up for a return to the ‘Finish Village’.

Bicycles will be loaded onto the lorries and returned to cyclists at the "finishing line village" upon presentation of the race number.

Must I use a helmet?

Yes, it is mandatory to use a rigid helmet. You must wear it (strapped) throughout the entire race route.

How does L'Etape du Tour start?

You must tell us about your ability level when you registe for the race. We will use this information to distribute you among starting groups according to your ability level: it is logical to have faster riders start in front and slower ones behind.

We are going to spread out the start flow to prevent congestion and ensure the utmost comfort and safety. We will leave an interval of several minutes between each group, allowing us to spread out the start flow and prevent congestion from the very first climb in the route.

Are there supply posts in the route?

Yes, there will be supply posts at fixed points in the route. They will provide you with water, energy products (powder and bars), fresh fruit, dried fruits, salty products, etc.

Where can I get technical assistance for my bicycle?

Technical assistance will be available at the welcome village to help you make the final adjustments to your bicycle. Technical assistance will also be available at certain points in the route.

This service is provided by Mavic free of charge.

What rules should I follow during the race?

The race route is closed to traffic, but that does not mean you should not follow certain common sense rules:

  • - Ride on the right side of the road so that faster cyclists can overtake you safely
  • - Warn cyclists behind you of potential obstacles by lifting your arm
  • - Get off the road if you have to stop due to a technical problem
  • - Stay focused and concentrated to avoid a great deal of accidents

What should I do with my waste during the race?

Throughout the race route, you will find waste deposit areas marked by large, extended nets. You will just need to keep your waste (packages, etc.) with you until you find a net and can throw the waste into it.

When will the classifications be published?

Classifications will be posted on the evening after L'Etape du Tour on ASO Challenges (www.asochallenges.com)

Where can I view personal pictures and videos?

Your personal pictures and videos will be available a few days after the race on ASO Challenges (www.asochallenges.com)

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