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.
L'Etape du Tour has been played out in two acts since summer 2011.
With two challenges instead of one, participants can focus on the stage which matches their ability and preferences best. The most ambitious riders can also go for the prestigious double.
An outstanding route has been chosen for act 2 in July 2012.
The road to Luchon will offer no respite: Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin and Peyresourde!
A superb welcome awaits you once again, in the cycling region around the city of Pau (the door to the Pyrenees).
This will be the starting point of a 201-km-long stage right in the heart of the Pyrenees, with giant mountains where the history of cycling and of the Tour de France has been written.
The final descent will lead you to Bagnères-de-Luchon, a spa and ski resort located in the Haute-Garonne.