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In the wake of the Tour de France, L’Étape du Tour is committed to improving the future of cycling! In addition to your love of cycling, you’re also aware of the beauty of the surroundings in which you ride and completely respect them. Cycling is healthy, the sustainable transport solution of the future and so much more!

The charity éTAPE

Cycling for a charity has a different significance for different people. Whatever the motivation, it will provide you with that added sense of drive during both your training and participation.

Below are a few reasons why you should run for one of our UK charity partners:

  • Make A Difference

The first and most important reason charities join events such as L’Étape du Tour is for the fundraising potential they possess. Anything you raise will go directly to the charities and will help to make all their good work possible, changing lives in the process.

  • Extra Motivation

If you ever find yourself ‘hitting the wall’ during training or the race itself, cycling for a good cause provides the ultimate incentive to keep on going. You are not only cycling for yourself, you are providing hope for those less fortunate!

  • Increase Awareness

International marathons, such as L’Étape du Tour, provide the ideal platform for you to increase charity awareness on a global scale. Thousands of spectators line the course, in addition to national television coverage, so the potential exposure you can provide is vast.

  • Race Day Support

You will not be short of race day support if you choose to cycle for charity. If times get tough, not only will you have the unwavering encouragement from your charity cheerleaders, but there will also be huge numbers of spectators cheering for the charity ‘superheroes’!

  • Self-Satisfaction

Although never the primary factor, the overwhelming feeling of pride and self-satisfaction at the finish line is not to be underestimated. You’ll be surrounded by fellow charity runners, all of whom would have completed the race for the same purpose, so the sense of teamwork and accomplishment will be in the air.

  • Guaranteed Entry

As you most likely know, entries sell out notoriously fast and many hopeful runners miss out on getting a place. If you run the event for charity, however, you’re guaranteed your place which means you avoid the entry rush, safe in the knowledge that you’re already in! 

Join Macmillan Cancer Support at the 2019 L'Étape du Tour and help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.

At Macmillan, we know that the number of people living with cancer in the UK is rising. Macmillan has committed to be there for everyone who needs us, from the moment they receive their cancer diagnosis. Whether that is help with healthcare, providing practical and financial support or being at the end of the phone, we want to help people living with cancer find their best way through and help everyone live life as fully as they can.

By joining us for this iconic sportive, and raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support you’ll be helping us to achieve this goal.

As well as this, you’ll also receive great support from all of us here in the cycling team. We’ll provide you with expert training and fundraising advice and give you all the information you need to ensure you have a successful and memorable day. We’ll be with you every step of the way, and always on the end of the phone if you need a helping hand. We’ll provide you with a, newly designed Macmillan jersey to celebrate hitting your fundraising target!

With your help we can make a difference. Thank you.


Committed together, for the future of cycling! 

By reducing, sorting and recycling our waste:

L’Étape du Tour is working with several companies specialised in waste management (reduction, sorting and recycling of waste) to establish its Social and Environmental Responsibility programme throughout the event.

Like every year, we will also be supporting the people in charge of the feeding stations to assist them in achieving this objective. 

You must also respect the areas that you cross, by sorting all your waste at all the feeding stations. We’ll take care of the rest!

In addition to recycling, we’ve replaced all the little bottles of water with 1.5L bottles or the water of the towns crossed, for the past few years. We systematically remove and sort all the sweet and savoury food packaging ourselves.

The Eco Cyclo patrols, which can be spotted in the pack thanks to their green jerseys, will once again accompany you on the 2018 Etape du Tour, making us aware of the importance of preserving our favourite sites.

Discover more information about their actions and commitments here.

In 2018, a gift bag from L’Étape du Tour was offered. You can use it to store put your personal gel tubes and other packaging that we often find in the ascents of the mountain passes, until you come across a bin. Keep your small waste items with you while you’re riding!

The organisation, with the support of the Eco Cyclo patrols, the signallers and the organisation’s motorbikes, reserves the right to disqualify any participant who disposes of their waste outside the collection areas and the feeding stations.

By promoting the regions crossed:

For many years L’Étape du Tour has been involved in respecting Natura 2000 protected sites. Together let’s be attentive and committed so we can continue to ride there!

Two objectives: Timing and zero waste

We are counting on you to not leave any sign of your presence in L’Étape du Tour in the environment!

Wherever possible, we stock our feeding stations with local food products and thus promote the region and its economy.

By promoting cycling and sustainable mobility:

Encouraging & promoting gentle and sustainable mobility! 

  • By cycling to work, you’ll avoid greenhouse gas and the stress of traffic jams!
  • You protect your city by being exemplary
  • You save fossil fuels so you save money while doing yourself some good! 

Everyone on a bike!

By innovating & encouraging future generations:

Encouraging future generations to take up cycling: this is the Tour de France's spearhead and, in its wake, that of L’Étape du Tour.

Fun activities will be organised for little ones in the host village:

from draisines to fun bikes, with road safety and FFC (French Cycling Federation) circuits, everyone is looking forward to seeing you there!

The benefits of cycling for young people:

  • Improving their balance;
  • Teaching them how to ride a 2-wheel bike and about road safety at a very young age;
  • Creating a link between children and cycling, so that later on they’ll use it as a means of transport essential for their health & our planet;
  • Sharing a moment with their friends and their parents!

By riding for a charity which encourages cycling:

Riding for a charity

This allows you to surpass and motivate yourself when things are difficult. And in addition to making us stronger, it makes our challenge even more meaningful.
It also allows funds to be raised for research for illnesses which concern us.

In 2018, we have been the honoured to have 100 cyclists from MacMillan Cancer Support Charity, for cancer research. And what will your charity be?