The race is open to everyone, including riders without a competitive cycling permit, on the condition that they are 18 or over in 2017 on the date of the event. Riders who are born in 1999 who are minors on the date of the race must provide a parental consent form.
So that everyone can enjoy the best race conditions, all participants will be ranked according to their level of ability when the race numbers are allocated at the end of June 2017.
Before the race
The Start Village will be open on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th July from 10am to 8pm at the Station of Briançon.
- One race number envelope for the 2017 Etape du Tour, which includes:
Your personalised race number with:
- 4 pins
- 1 road map
Number plate - with the same race number - and cable ties to attach it to your bike
An electronic timing chip stuck to the front number plate
A baggage label for the bag that you’ll leave at the left luggage facilities on the morning of the race
- The Welcome Bag. An Etape du Tour rucksack with goodies from our partners and the official Etape du Tour map with details about the Village, the entertainment and activities taking place and practical information about getting to the start and finish areas.
- Bike deposits are available on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm at the entrance to the Village, where you can leave your bikes in a secure area at the times indicated.
- Exclusive access to the Start Village and its many activities and entertainment, including the Tour de France Museum for fans of the event, well-known bicycle exhibitors as well as our various partners.
For more information on what awaits, click on this page.
During the race
- Medical assistance throughout the race. Necessary information will be provided on your road map.
- Both stationary and mobile mechanical assistance will be provided free of charge by our partner, Mavic (parts must be paid for), including at the feeding stations.
- Access to the feeding stations.
- If you have to withdraw from the race, we will provide transport to the finish line.
After the race
The Finish Village will be open on Sunday 14th July between 10am and 8pm at the Station of Briançon.
- A finishers' medal.
- Access to the Finish Village, activities and entertainment, toilets, podium and big screen.
- Access to the Pasta Party where participants can get together around a hot meal to share their experience of the race.
- Your results will be available on https://www.asochallenges.com/
Additional services are available:
- The personalisation of your medal.
- A photo pack with your best individual photos during the race.
- A video of your race.
If any of these offers is of interest, more information is available on this page.
The Pasta Party will take place after the race at the Finish Village (a savoury hot meal will be served after the event).
All types of FFC approved bikes are accepted, with the exception of electric bikes. Recumbent bicycles and handlebar extensions are not permitted.
The event will be timed and will result in several rankings:
- A scratch ranking
- An real ranking
- An real ranking by category
The actual ranking is possible due to the timing chip attached to your handlebar number. This chip will be activated when you cross the start line and at the finish line, giving your actual race time.
Throughout the entire event, as for the professional riders in the Tour de France, you will ride on a road which is closed to traffic. However, a time limit is set up to ensure the road opens again at a specific time. After this time, the road will be open to traffic once again. The time schedule will be available on the “Time schedule” .
The time schedule helps plan the times at which the road is closed and when riders are eliminated from L’Etape du Tour. Eliminations are based on a defined race time for each commune through which the race passes. These times are negotiated with the Prefectures of the departments in question and the services of the Gendarmerie Nationale. Strict compliance with these hours (reopening of the road to traffic) is indispensable if we want to continue to enjoy a road which is entirely closed to traffic in the future. The time schedule will be available on the “Time Schedule” in a few weeks.
You can be eliminated at any time during the race. The “time schedule” vehicle follows a precise time schedule. Any rider who is overtaken by this vehicle (which features a clock) at any point during the race, will be considered eliminated. The “End of Race” will be marked by several organisers’ vehicles. If you are eliminated, you will be asked to take a detour or to go to the pick-up areas where a bus/truck will take you and your bike to the finish village. Bicycles will be loaded onto trucks and returned to cyclists at the finish village upon presentation of their race numbers.
So that the first to start don’t have an advantage over those at the end, a maximum race time, after which participants will no longer appear in the final rankings, will also be established in 2017.
Yes, it is compulsory to wear a rigid helmet. You must wear it (with the chin strap fastened) throughout the race. Any participant without a helmet will be disqualified.
Feeding zones are available at set locations along the route. You can get water, energy products (powders and bars), fresh fruit, dried fruit, savoury snacks, etc.
A specific area will be reserved for camper vans. Information on this will be communicated in a few weeks.