AN AIR OF THE TOUR IN THE ALPS
11,471 riders set out at 7am this morning to tackle the 2016 Étape du Tour, a 122 km trek on the course of stage 20 of the Tour de France, scheduled for Saturday, 23 July. Three legendary Alpine passes later, including the famous hors catégorie climb of Joux Plane (11.6 km at an average gradient of 8.5%), over 11,000 riders crossed the finish line in Morzine, a new record for the race. The 2016 edition of the Étape du Tour lived up to the expectations, giving enthusiastic cyclists a rare opportunity to experience the phenomenal atmosphere of the Grande Boucle and race under the same conditions as the pros.
TWO DAYS IN THE KINGDOM OF CYCLING
Over 30,000 visitors are set to descend upon the Étape du Tour Village in Megève in celebration of cycling. Over the two-day event (Friday 8 July and Saturday 9 July), visitors will be able to enjoy a raft of activities and make their way through the 75 exhibits to be organised as part of this 2016 edition.
MODIFIED ROUTE BETWEEN MEGEVE AND MORZINE
For the past several weeks, a portion of the Étape du Tour course has been threatened by rockslides on the downhill run of the col de la Ramaz. We hoped to have an unchanged route, identical to what had been announced since the opening of registration. However, the relevant authorities and the organisers prefer not to pass by the col de la Ramaz. While the zone is secured for automobile circulation with an automatic traffic light system in case of rockslides, the passing of 15,000 cyclists during a period of several hours constitutes an increasing risk.
TO RIDE LIKE A PRO, YOU HAVE TO TRAIN LIKE A PRO
On 10 July, 15,000 amateur riders will attack four legendary climbs of the Alps. To ride on the same roads and in the same conditions as the professionals, you have to have the same level of preparation. Nothing can be left to chance, physically, mentally and mechanically.
A FINAL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
On Sunday 10th July 2016, the 24th edition of L’Étape du Tour will take place on the route of the Megève-Morzine stage, which, for the elite peloton, will be scheduled the day before the final finish of the Tour de France in Paris. The 2016 edition will be a real challenge for the climbers, and will take place in this setting which could almost be Colombian…
See you next year!