L'Etape du Tour - Act 2

How can I register?

The registration period will start on November 17 (on-line only).

Go to the "Registration" 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.

Who can register?

The race is open to licensed and non-licensed riders who were born in 1994 or earlier. Licence-holding riders must present their sporting licence, with proof that a medical certificate has been issued. Non-licence-holding riders must provide a medical certificate of fitness for the practice of competitive cycling.
Registration is limited to 10,000 competitors.

Where and when can I get my race number?

You can pick up your race number at the host Village on Thursday, July 12 (2 pm to 8 pm) and Friday, July 13 (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.

Village Etape du Tour Acte 2
Parc des Expos de Pau
Boulevard Champetier

What documents do I need to get my race number?

You must have your medical certificate (or licence), your registration confirmation (printed from the runner’s list) and an identity document with you.

Will there be a pasta party?

A pasta party is organised on the eve of the race near the host village. It is free for all participants, who must present their race numbers.

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 Friday, July 13 at 4 pm, in the host village. You need to attend the raffle to be eligible for the win!

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.
Shuttle seats must be booked in advance at the time of registration and costs 12 euros.
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 lorries 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.

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 two organisation vehicles and sweep coaches.
The "End of the Race" car will ask eliminated riders to board the sweep coaches, which will take them to the finishing line.
Bicycles will be loaded onto the lorries and returned to cyclists at the "finishing line village" upon presentation of the race number.

If you withdraw from the race, you just need to wait for the "End of the Race" vehicles in order to be taken to the finishing line by coach.

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 register 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)