Etape du Tour Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked about the Etape du Tour. If there is something else you wish to know, please contact us.
Do I need a medical certificate?
Yes. You have no choice, as it is part of French Law that one is required. 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. It must be have been issued within 12 months prior to the event. Sports Tours International can accept no responsibility for failure to comply with this instruction, and no refunds will be given.
Can I get entry only?
Only via our Cycling Training Camps.
When will my name appear on the L'Etape Du Tour website with my start number?
Whenever the organisers process the entries. Sometimes it is sooner rather than later, but if you have entered via Sports Tours, your place is Guaranteed, so not to worry.
Can I have a higher start number?
All race numbers are allocated by the organisers, based on previous times in the Etape and your projected time. The idea is that the faster rider are at the front and the slower ones at the back to prevent accidents from happening. That is the main reason. Even as an official tour operator we cannot influence starting positions!
Where do I collect my race pack from?
Race registration and don't forget your passport and medical certificate. Registration is generally at the start village for the 2 or 3 days before the Etape.
What do non-riding partners do?
Have a look at the individual travel packages for details.
What is the cut-off time?
It varies for each Etape according to the distance and local arrangements. We will be informed nearer the date. There is a broom wagon to sweep up everyone outside of the time limits. The time limits are employed as cut off times at certain distances.
Do you offer bike transport to France?
Yes. Please see the main travel section for L'Etape of our website for details.
How should I pack my bike for travel?
Unless told otheriwse by ourselves, you should always pack your bike in a standard bike box or bike bag. It is best to remove the wheels and pedals to prevent damage. You can also pack your wheels in bike bags inside the bags.
What gearing should I use?
It is difficult to recommend the same gearing for every cyclist, as everyone is different, however it is important the have something comfortable that you can grind out over the steep and long climbs, especially if you are unfamiliar with riding in the mountains. Maybe 39*28 or 42*30 on the front and the widest ratio yuo can manage on the back.
What clothes should I bring?
Be prepared for all weathers. it could be 42C and sunny, or 5C, cold, wet and very cold! We would say bring your summer kit and your winter kit and decide on the day what to wear!
What else should I bring with me?
You must wear a helmet, and we recommend 2 spare tubes, a small selection of tools and allen keys, puncture repair kit and maybe even a folding tyre. Plus your energy food. There is Mavic assistance on route, just like in the Tour de France plus ASO provided food and drink stops.