Taking place on Saturday 3rd December, 2016, in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains, L’Étape Australia is run on closed roads under full Tour de France race conditions.
L’Étape Australia organiser Simon Baggs said: “Judging from the size of the waitlist and what riders are saying about the event, we hope that L’Étape Australia will fast become the bucket-list event for riders from home and abroad. We have capped the number of riders who can enter in the first year to ensure we deliver a high quality experience, but there will be capacity to grow each year.”
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the race is a must-do for all keen cyclists.
“L’Étape Australia is a historic first for local cycling, and has been secured for the Snowy Mountains by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event will showcase this incredible region under the same racing conditions as the Tour de France, and I encourage everyone to register.”
L’Étape Australia is open to anyone over the age of 15. Riders may enter as individuals or as Teams of 9 or more in one of two courses of varying levels of difficulty.
The Race covers 157km of gruelling terrain with two difficult climbs taking the route to a peak of 1,735m. The Ride is a shorter but still testing 126km course with a peak of 1,300m suited to those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience without the intensity of the final climb.
Both the Race and Ride courses include the 300m sprint stretch in the village of Berridale, with the Ride taking on the King of the Mountain Col de Beloka, a challenging and punchy 3.5km stretch with an average gradient of 10 per cent but with some sections reaching a 17 per cent gradient. The Race includes an additional leg-burning King of the Mountain climb in the Col de Kosciuszko before reaching the finish line at Perisher.
Genuine Tour de France Yellow, Polka Dot, Green and White jerseys will be presented at L’Étape Australia Village on the banks of Lake Jindabyne.
Head to www.letapeaustralia.com to register.