• L'Etape Australia (Kath Bicknell)Source: Kath Bicknell
Event organisers have revealed the route for 'The Ride', the second route available to Tour de France fans and cycling enthusiasts on Saturday 28 November. 'The Ride' is a shorter version of 'The Race', the flagship distance for the Tour de France affiliated event.
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L'Etape Australia
8 Jul 2020 - 9:18 PM  UPDATED 8 Jul 2020 - 9:25 PM

The shorter route will see riders depart from Kiama, head south towards Bomaderry before swinging up and around to tackle Berry Mountain, with the finish in the Berry township proper.

The chance to ride on closed roads under properly marshalled and Tour de France-esque conditions will this year move to the coast, with L'Etape Australia featuring the picturesque Illawarra region of NSW after four years in the Snowy Mountains.

Florent Malézieux, L’Étape Australia Race Director says: “Part of L'Étape Australia's DNA is to offer every rider the unique experience to ride on fully closed roads and experience the thrill of riding in a Tour de France event. With its shorter distance, The Ride makes this dream accessible to everyone."

The Ride is an 80.6 km course, which features 1,237m of elevation, and will be held on fully closed roads.

The event will be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November, alongside the National Road Series event contested by Australia's premier domestic teams and riders. 

L'Etape Australia will be an important event to boost the regions' recovery from the 2019-20 summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic by attracting visitors who will support local businesses.

Registrations for The Ride will open on Wednesday 15 July at www.letapeaustralia.com

'The Ride' joins the 'The Race', the longer route and significantly tougher route, which includes a number of tough climbs and features more of the Southern Highlands in its 136 km route.