L’Etape du Tour de France is an annual cyclosportive event that allows amateur cyclists to experience what it’s like to ride a stage of the Tour de France. It is organized by the ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation), which runs the Tour de France. Each year, one stage of the Tour de France is selected as the “Etape du Tour,” and amateur cyclists can sign up to ride the same route on closed roads. The event typically takes place a few weeks before the corresponding stage of the Tour de France and attracts thousands of participants from all over the world. This year’s 31st edition of the “Étape du Tour de France” will take place on the same route as stage 14 of the Tour de France, between Annemasse and Morzine, 157 km with more than 4,100 meters of accumulated positive elevation gain, including the climbs of col de Saxel, col de Cou, col de Feu, col de la Ramaz et col de Joux Plane. And because the love of cycling knows no borders, and because the Tour itself is a giant, L’Étape du Tour has given rise to several other races worldwide, offering you even more stunning landscapes in the same race conditions as the Tour de France. This year marks the two inaugural L’Etape Series events in the US: L’Etape Las Vegas and L’Etape San Antonio.
The route of L’Etape du Tour de France varies from year to year. It can be anywhere from 100 to 200 kilometers long, with several categorized climbs that are similar in difficulty to those faced by professional riders in the Tour de France. The event is not a race but rather a challenge for amateur cyclists to test their skills and endurance. L’Etape du Tour is considered one of the most prestigious cyclosportive events in the world, and participation requires a high level of fitness and training. It provides amateur cyclists with a unique opportunity to experience the excitement and atmosphere of the Tour de France and to ride on some of the most famous roads in cycling history.
L’Étape du Tour is, obviously, an immense sporting challenge. But it is also a tourist adventure which will enable you to discover some of the most beautiful parts of France. From Alpine valleys to the Tourmalet, the giant of the Pyrenees, every year, the regions which host the event offer breathtaking scenery.
Annemasse, the host city for this year’s L’Etape is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, situated near the Swiss border. It is known for its scenic beauty, rich history, and diverse cultural offerings. In addition to cycling, hiking is very popular in the region due to its location in the French Alps. There are many trails to explore, including the Mont Salève, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Mont Salève is also a popular spot for paragliding, as well as rock climbing.