Etape du Tour
L'Etape du Tour
The route of the 2014 Etape du Tour has been announced with the route of the rest of the 2014 Tour de France. The Etape du Tour 2014 will take place in the Pyrenees on Sunday the 20th July 2014. Replicating Stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France, it will start from the Pyrenean gateway of Pau and finish at the ski resort of Hautacam near Lourdes.
The 2013 Etape du Tour covering the last mountain stage of the 100th Tour de France was a great success. Nearly 11,500 cyclists started the Etape with 10,624 finishing. With the choice of route this year, we had expected a good finish rate, so everyone was pleased and it was probably the best organised Etape we have seen.
If you would like to read a report of the 2013 Etape, read the report by Road Cycling UK's Assistant Editor George Scott on the Road Cycling UK website.
2014 Etape du Tour Travel Packages
Special entry fee offer: Etape du Tour entry at £70 - only applies to a limited number of entries, so hurry now, as this offer can be withdrawn at any time, without notice.
Our Etape du Tour travel packages typically consist of:
- The option to buy a guaranteed entry to the Etape du Tour
- A choice of hotels in the Etape start town - Pau
- Return airport transfers for you and your bike from Toulouse, Biarritz and Pau airports.
- Bike storage at your hotel
- Assistance of Sports Tours reps and mechanics
- Access to our Etape training updates from January
- Years of Etape experience
- UK bike transport options (see below)
- Etape training camps (Available at extra cost)
- Etape du Tour goodie bag
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey
- Payments are financially protected by ABTA
We will be offering a number of different Etape packages, together with an optional entry into the Etape du Tour. By taking a package tour to the Etape du Tour, you will benefit from our wealth of logistical experience in taking people to this special event.
Etape du tour bike transport option
We are also offering a UK Bike transport service, where we take your bike from the UK down to France for the Etape. This has the advantage of:
- Guaranteed delivery of your bike, as opposed to leaving it in the hands of the airlines
- No dragging around of your bike at the airport
- Convenient drop off/ collection points around the UK at Edinburgh, Stockton on Tees, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Slough and London Orpington.
- Up to a week to drop off your bike to the collection points, with up to a week to collect your bike after the return to the UK.
Your bike needs to be in a bike box or in a bike bag. The cost of this service is £100 return which is cheaper than the cost of flying with your bike and paying the transfer cost at the other end too.
Please note that you will be required to bring a medical certificate with you to registration, stating there are no known reasons why you should not take part in the event.
Either ask your own doctor to complete a form or visit www.sportsmedicalcertificates.co.uk where you can enter your details for online medical certification. You must present the completed form along with your passport at the Etape registration village in order to receive your number to compete. Sports Tours International can accept no responsibility for failure to comply with this instruction, and no refunds will be given.
L'Etape du Tour 2014 - Pau to Lourdes-Hautacam
The Etape du Tour 2014 will take place in the Pyrenees on Sunday the 20th July 2014. Replicating Stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France, it will start from the Pyrenean gateway of Pau and finish at the ski resort of Hautacam near Lourdes. This stage is a virtual re-run of the stage in the 2008 Tour de France.
It's a classic Pyrenean stage with as a main feature the ever difficult climb of the Col du Tourmalet. Like last year there will be a sting in the tail with the mountain top finish in Hautacam. At 145km it is an attractive proposition for both the experienced cyclo sportive rider and the Etape du Tour novice.
Very Important Please be aware that the Etape du Tour is a serious cyclo sportive. It is ridden at a strong pace and if you are not quick enough, you will be swept up by the Broom Wagon on one of the climbs or even earlier, so it is important to do a lot of training in the months proceeding the event. You should be able to ride on the flat at a pace of 25/27kph (minimum) and be able to climb in the mountains at over 12/15 kph, even for the steepest sections, and your stamina really must be good enough to last the full distance. If not, you will fail to finish, which is not what you, we or the event organisers want. So, you must get yourself a good training plan or, better still, join one of our cycling training camps or spend some time training at Club La Santa in Lanzarote.
Keep an eye on our website where, from January, we will publish our Etape training plan to give you a hand.
For more information about the event itself, visit our Etape du Tour frequently asked questions section.