The Etape du Tour is probably the most famous sportive in the world. Every year around 13,000 lucky riders get the chance to ride a stage of the Tour de France just a few days before the professional riders cover the same route. Always run on one of the rest days of the Tour, the Etape du Tour is run on closed roads and has the same support cars and police outriders as the actual Tour.
The route of the 2015 Etape du Tour was announced on 22 September and is back in the Alps, as expected. It will be held on Sunday 19 July, 2015.
Registration for the 2015 Etape du Tour has now started. Usually there is a huge rush of registrations on the first day (around 6,500 in the first 24 hours is standard) but it is usually not until January that the full 11,000 places sell out. There is a discount for the first 4,000 registrants, so if you want to get in for around 70 euros you need to be at your computer on the opening day.
At a Glance
- 19 Jul 2015 7:00am
- Tickets Sold Out
- Etape du Tour 2015 SportiveEtape du Tour 2015 SportiveSaint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France
- Up to 142 km (88 miles)
- From 100.00 EUR
- 13000 Riders
The Etape has become incredibly popular among British riders and in 2013 nearly half of all entrants were from the UK.
One of the hardest choices is to decide whether to go to the Etape as part of an organised group or whether to make your own arrangements. Read our article about travel options - whether to fly or drive to the Etape du Tour. A good travel company may cost a bit more but it can make life an awful lot easier as they pick you up from the airport, organise getting to the start and being picked up from the finish and often have their own feed stations along the Etape route. Check out our guide to Etape du Tour travel operators. However if you plan well in advance and are part of a group of riders you will save a lot of money making your own plans. Read our guide to hotels and accomodation for the 2015 Etape member that it is very unlikely that you will want to cycle home an extra 30km after finishing the Etape so making sure you are able to get home easily is important.