L’Étape Championship is an age group competition between all L’Étape riders. It takes place on L’Étape du Tour event, in France in July, on the same roads as Tour de France, where the champions fight for the most coveted award in the world of cycling: the Yellow Jersey.
In 2019, age group winners will be crowned after an intense battle of 135km, with a total ascent of 4563m through the French Alps. The stage will start in Albertville and finish in Val-Thorens. More details on the route here.
What makes it a special competition?
Riders come from all over the world to conquer L’Étape du Tour, and every year the event is quickly sold out. However, a limited number of riders are automatically qualified for the Championship, provided that they finish within the top 20% of their age group categories on other L’Étape Series events (list below).
These riders can apply for a late entry since the last 100 bibs have been kept on purpose (event after the event is sold out). In addition, they will start from Waves 0 and 1, together with other contenders, and will enjoy a few surprises on the village. Check if you are on the list!
- L’Étape Acapulco 2018
- L’Étape Costa Rica 2018
- L’Étape Wales 2018
- L’Étape Colombia 2018
- L’Étape Brasil 2018
- L’Étape Ciudad de México 2018
- L’Étape Thailand 2018
- L’Étape Beijing 2018
- L’Étape London 2018
- L’Étape California 2018
- L’Étape Querétaro 2018
- L’Étape Australia 2018
These events are called “qualifying events”.
On a qualifying event, finish within the top 20% of your age group category (according to the local event age group categories)
If several distances are offered, this only applies to long-distance races (>100km long)
L’Étape du Tour is sold out, but if you are on the list, you can ask for one of the last 100 bibs left for qualified riders. Please write us an email at email@example.com (OBJECT : L’Étape Championship). First come, first served.
Your age group category is determined by your year of birth.
On L’Étape du Tour 2019, age group categories are the following:
|Age group category||Age*||Birth year|
|M1 / W1||18 - 34||1985 - 2001|
|M2 / W2||35 - 39||1980 - 1984|
|M3 / W3||40 - 44||1975 - 1979|
|M4 / W4||45 - 49||1970 - 1974|
|M5 / W5||50 - 54||1965 - 1969|
|M6 / W6||55 - 59||1960 - 1964|
|M7 / W7||60 - 64||1955 - 1959|
|M8 / W8||65 - 69||1950 - 1954|
|M9 / W9||70 and +||1949 and before|
(*rider’s age on December 31st of the respective year)
All the riders starting L’Étape du Tour 2019 will compete to become an age group winner.
All podiums are determined with the real time (or net time).
Net time is the time transmitted by the timing chip. It is the exact individual time from when you cross the start line to the finish line. No matter in which wave you started the race.
However, the overall classification is determined with the offical time (also known as "gun time").