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.
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.
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.
L’Étape Australia replicates a mountainous stage of the Tour de France. It is not an easy ride, but it is a ride you will be able and proud to complete if you train for it.
The 2021 route will start from Kiama and travel through the South Coast, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands. The distance is 136km and the elevation 2,770m.