Before you set off, you must familiarise yourself with the race rules so that you can experience your race in the best conditions and reach the finish:
Remember to verify your compulsory equipment: helmet, water bottle, repair kit with 2 spare inner tubes and a pump in the event of a puncture.
A mechanical assistance service will be available but you may have to ride for several kilometres to reach the nearest one. Diferents Mavic fixed service points will be positioned along the route and mobile operations. Remember to bring money to pay for the equipment you might need to buy at these points.
For your safety, please be attentive about the following points:
- Complete closure of the road: no personal vehicles will be allowed
- Crossroads and junctions: secured by the Gendarmerie and the signallers (near 500 people)
- Different packs: flanked by 16 motorcyclists from the Gendarmerie and 35 civilian motorcyclists.
Despite these exceptional conditions, please be prudent throughout the whole race and respect the safety rules:
- Stay on the right when you are being overtaken to avoid creating traffic jams. In the ascents, if you have to get off your bike, stay well to the right to allow other riders to continue their climb.
- Only overtake on the left
- Indicate when you overtake
- Ride very carefully on the downhill sections of the mountain passes, they are very narrow and windy.
- Although the race takes place on closed roads, the organisation's vehicles (safety and medical services) will take the same route as you. They will overtake you on the left so please facilitate their access.
- Ensure you have suitable clothing for all weather conditions, as they can change suddenly in the mountains. Make sure you don’t catch cold or get sunstroke.
- Anticipate your nutritional needs to avoid getting hunger pangs.
- Don’t overestimate your level of fitness.
Dial the emergency no. if you witness a serious accident and indicate the kilometric marker where you are located: +33 9 79 98 18 19 (this number is indicated on your race number). You can also dial this number in the event of a problem on the route so that the Race Headquarters can be informed if necessary. A family information point will be set up at the Finish Village, next to the pasta party.
Please be aware that first-aid stations will be set up along the whole route and at the finish to allow you to seek medical advice, if required.
In the event of an accident, don't panic:
- 12 ambulances and 10 doctors are dispersed along the whole route
- They will take care of you.
- Your bike will be taken to the finish (it will be returned to you upon presentation of your race number)
Riders who are overtaken by the time vehicle are considered as no longer in the race and are therefore disqualified.
If you are one of these riders, we suggest that you go to the nearest recovery point indicated by the organisation, that you’ll be able to find on your roadmap (in your race number envelope).
This year there are diferents feeding stations and the pasta party at the finish.
Here are the food and drinks that you’ll find on the route:
To avoid hunger pangs, remember to set off with food and fill up your water bottles so that you can hydrate yourself sufficiently.
In 2018, you have received a gel holder bag from L’Étape du Tour. You will receive this gift bag at the Village. Use it during the race to store your waste; you can empty it at every feeding station in the collection areas set up for this purpose.
We remind you that it is FOBIDDEN to dispose of your waste beyond these collection areas.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 at the feeding stations.