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FAQ

The race is open to everyone, including riders without a competitive cycling permit, on the condition that they are 18 or over in 2016 on the date of the event. Riders who are born in 1998 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 2016.

Registrations on our asochallenges platform are now closed. However, you can still register through one of our Tour Operators.

To get your Etape du Tour race number, go to http://www.letapedutour.com/fr/infos-pratiques/tour-operateurs

It includes:

Before the race

The Start Village will be open on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July from 10am to 8pm at the Altiport in Megève.

 

  • One race number envelope for the 2016 Etape du Tour, which includes:
    • Your personalised race number with:

      - 4 pins

      - 1 road map

      -  stickers

    • 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, which will be featured on the Etape du Tour for the first time, well-known bicycle exhibitors (Lapierre, Look, Colnago, Garmin, etc.) as well as our various partners (Trek, Mavic, Shimano, Le Coq Sportif, LCL, etc.).

 

For more information on what awaits, click on http://www.letapedutour.com/fr/village/infos-village

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. Throughout the route there will be: 4 full feeding stations, four liquid feeding stations and a final feeding station at the entrance to the Finish Village, where you will find water, energy products, fresh fruit, dried fruit, savoury products, etc.
  • 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 10th July between 10am and 8pm at the Palais des Sports in Morzine, in front of the Skoda Arena.

  • A medal and the finishers’ cap.
  • 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 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.
  • Treatment (massage: 20 minutes + an Etape du Tour towel) after the race at the Palais des Sports.

If any of these offers is of interest, more information is available at the following link - Race options: http://www.letapedutour.com/fr/course/s-inscrire

The Pasta Party will take place after the race at the Finish Village (a savoury hot meal will be served after the event).

The shuttle service option is only available on Saturday. Shuttles will link the “finish” site to the Start Village of L’Etape du Tour. This will allow you to park your vehicle at the finish and go to your accommodation close to the start. This service must be reserved when you register on www.asochallenges.com. The logistical details (shuttle times) will be communicated in a few weeks’ time. No shuttle service will be available on the day of the race.

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 2016.

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.