ON THE SAME FOOTING AS THE PROS!
Before reaching the summit, the participants, like their professional counterparts, will have to work hard to tame a technical and demanding route.
Soon after the start in Albertville, the route will climb out of Beaufort to the Col de Méraillet, a 11.8 km climb with an uphill gradient of 7.31%. Once it has been ascended, the riders will have 2.5 km of valley with an unbeatable view of the Roselend lake before reaching the Cormet de Roselend and its 5.5 km slope with a gradient of 5.9%. Following this first category 1 difficulty, a long 19 km descent will allow the riders to recharge their batteries slightly. However, due to several tight turns and a downhill gradient of 6%, more speed but less haste will be the order of the day.
GUNING FOR VAL THORENS!
The countdown has begun and the Étape du Tour de France returns to the delight of cycling enthusiasts. For edition 29, the cyclosportive race of reference will plunge the entrants and public into the heart of the Tour de France. The amateur riders will have the privilege of stepping into the cycling shoes of the pros to complete the stage featuring the 3 climbs and 4,563m of elevation gain that will lead them to highest altitude finish in the history of the Étape du Tour de France, at Val Thorens. In addition to riding on the same roads as the pros, the riders will discover all the elements specific to cycling’s biggest race: a friendly atmosphere with El Diablo at the village before the start of the race, closed roads for the entire 135kms, a timed stage and a finish in front of a massive crowd of enthusiastic spectators. In other words, the participants will breathe, sweat, and fully experience the Tour de France.
EVERYTHING NEEDED TO FULFILL THE OBJECTIVE!
Available on Android and IOS, the app offers cyclists the possibility to accurately track their performance and share it with their community. This app offers different challenges and several prizes. In addition, it provides each rider with preparation tips, a chance to interact with the community, and finally the opportunity to share their race live with family and friends.
With the goal of accompanying amateur cyclists in their preparation, the French Cycling Federation has created a 14-week training plan divided into 3 periods: the first month focuses on velocity, the second on strength and third on power.
AIMING VERY HIGH
For its 29th edition, on 21st July 2019, l’Étape du Tour will be enjoying a foretaste of the route between Albertville and Val Thorens that will comprise the 20th stage on the Tour de France.
At an altitude of 2,365 meters, it will be the highest finish in the prestigious history of this cyclo-sportive event. The 15,000 riders expected at the start will cover a distance of 135 kilometers and climb a total of 4,563 meters of positive gradient.
AMATEUR CYCLISTS OPEN THE ROAD TO TOUR DE FRANCE PROS
Shortly after daybreak, the iconic red Škoda of the Tour de France shepherded 12,993 brave riders onto a 169 km course on roads closed to traffic, stretching from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand, a major ski resort in the winter and crowd-pulling mountain destination in the summer.
Dream-like landscapes surrounded the peloton. The splendid Aravis Massif towered elegantly above the plain, setting the stage for participants from 67 different countries. Cyclists riding in the scorching heat and under the clear blue sky, some of them smiling and others with a hint of suffering on their faces, took in the magical views.
12,993 AMATEUR CYCLISTS TAKE ON L'ETAPE DU TOUR
They did it! Each one riding at a different pace, they tackled the 169 km course, the four timed climbs and the Glières Plateau. The 28th edition of the Étape du Tour was held today. It was the perfect event for the 12,993 participants from 67 countries eager to ride on a course worthy of the pro peloton. The champions also had lots of fun, including Victor Lafay, who won the race ahead of Colombia's Óscar Eduardo Tovar Rivera and Cédrick Dubois.
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