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Since its inception in 2016, L’Étape Australia by Tour de France has provided a new level of riding experience in Australia, combining the beauty of the Snowy Mountains, the incredible enthusiasm of the locals and an event run to Tour de France professional standards.
L’Étape Australia is the largest Tour de France event held outside France since 2016.
L’Étape Australia provides amateur riders with an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible to get with fully closed roads and a mountainous course that is the equal of a mountainous stage of the Tour de France.
Test your stamina and determination on a choice of two demanding and beautiful routes, both on fully closed roads and held under professional race conditions.
The shorter version of the Race, the Ride, is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final Col de Kosciuszko climb. At 108km and a peak of 1,300m the Ride is still a significant challenge. It will start at 8:30am.
Riders on both the Race and the Ride will start and finish in Jindabyne.
The Race will take riders from Jindabyne to Rocky Plains, Berridale, the King of the Mountain sections at Col de Beloka and Col de Kosciuszko, descending back to Jindabyne. The Race route is 170km long with a 3,000m height gain, with the long descent. The Race will have four Food Zones and two Energy Zones.
The Ride will follow the same route as the Race but will return to Jindabyne after Col de Beloka to finish at the L’Étape Australia Village, which is located on the banks of Lake Jindabyne. The Ride is 108km with a 1,600m height gain. The Ride will have two Food Zones and one Energy Zone.
The Finish for both the Race and the Ride in Jindabyne will bring the riders, supporters and the local community together in a festive atmosphere with Matt Keenan calling in the riders as they cross the line.