L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France is a cycling event run under professional race conditions for amateurs. Closed roads, a challenging route, a Sprint and a King of the Mountain section with riders competing for the famous Yellow, Green, Polka Dot and White Jerseys.
Each December from 2016 onwards, L’Étape Australia will provide the closest experience an amateur rider can get to competing in the Tour de France with fully closed roads in the mountainous landscape of the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales.
L’Étape Australia will provide a new dimension to the Australian cycle calendar; replicating L’Étape du Tour in format, look and feel and proving a weekend in which riders and supporters can immerse themselves in the heady atmosphere of the Tour de France.
The two routes (the Race and the Ride) ensure L’Étape Australia will satisfy both the most competitive rider and the rider who wishes to participate, albeit competitively and over a challenging route, but not necessarily to push relentlessly for the Yellow jersey.
The social, celebratory and administrative heart of the event will be at L’Étape Australia Village which will be encamped on the banks of Lake Jindabyne.