L’Étape Australia is a cycling race sponsored by le Tour de France that runs around the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.
As the largest Tour de France cycling race held outside of France, L’Étape Australia attracts thousands of rides and spectators each year.
L’Étape Australia provides a challenging, mountainous course for amateur, experienced and professional cyclists. With mountainous ranges and magnificent scenic views, L’Étape Australia is one of the best cycling competitions held in the world. The race starts in Jindabyne and travels through Rocky Plains, Berridale, Col de Beloka and Col de Kosciuszko, before descending back to Jindabyne. The race overs a total of 170kms, with a 3000m height gain over the race.
Riders will be supported by road crews and there will be drink stations, medical stations and plenty of support from the crowd. There will also be food zones and energy zones.
The shorter 108km course will cover a 1600 metre height gain and will take between 3-6 hours to complete. This is the shorter and less challenging version of the race, however this is still a challenging course for riders.
The first male and female riders past the post will win the coveted yellow jersey. The first male and female riders under 25 crossing the line win a white jersey. Professional and semi-professional riders are able to compete in L’Étape Australia, however only amateur riders qualify for the Tour de France jerseys. There will be a range of other team and individual prizes awarded based on time.
So make sure to register early and join one of the most challenging rides in Australia!