L’Étape Australia by Tour de France 2021

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The beautiful, yet challenging, course has been revealed. Riders will visit the towns of Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa, Shoalhaven Heads, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Robertson and Jamberoo.

The route is 135 km long, featuring 2,770m of elevation and held on fully closed roads. The course replicates a mountainous stage of the Tour de France. Three main climbs (Berry Mountain, Col de Fitzroy and Saddleback Mountain) will make crossing the finish line a moment of elation.

The Ride (80km), is a shorter version of the race that will visit the towns of Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa, Berry, Bomaderry and Shoalhaven Heads before coming back

The beautiful, yet challenging, course has been revealed. Riders will visit the towns of Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa, Shoalhaven Heads, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Robertson and Jamberoo.

The route is 135 km long, featuring 2,770m of elevation and held on fully closed roads. The course replicates a mountainous stage of the Tour de France. Three main climbs (Berry Mountain, Col de Fitzroy and Saddleback Mountain) will make crossing the finish line a moment of elation.

The Ride (80km), is a shorter version of the race that will visit the towns of Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa, Berry, Bomaderry and Shoalhaven Heads before coming back to Berry.

For more information and to take a look at the course, visit the L’Étape Australia by Tour de France website.

For more information, follow L’Étape Australia by Tour de France on Facebook or visit the Website.

Local residents and local businesses are invite to join the L’Étape Australia Local Community Facebook group to access local community dedicated information.

  • L’Étape Australia by Tour de France 2021 Cancellation

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    It is with deep regret that Lateral Events announces the cancellation of L’Étape Australia, scheduled for 27 and 28 November 2021 in Kiama, the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands.

    Lateral Events advises L’Étape Australia is not able to proceed following a decision by Shoalhaven City Council to ‘discourage’ the event from being held on public roads in the Shoalhaven, one of three Local Government Areas spanning the Race route. L’Étape Australia is run on closed roads, under full Tour de France professional race conditions and requires support from authorities including local Councils to safely deliver the event and Traffic Management Plan.

    Lateral Events has engaged and collaborated with many businesses and residents in the area to welcome the event and, to celebrate cycling in the region. However, Shoalhaven City Council’s withdrawal of support has left Lateral Events no other option but to cancel the event.

    Race Director Florent Malézieux said the decision by Shoalhaven City Council was a surprise given their earlier written letter of support, and did not align with feedback Lateral Events had received from much of the community and Council officials and Councillors, during the consultation process. “We were led to believe that the councillors and local businesses supported the race and had embraced the benefits of staging the event, which included having up to 6,000 riders, their families and supporters stay in the region, delivering millions of dollars of direct tourism expenditure, and a year-long national TV campaign promoting the event and the region.”

    L’Étape Australia Community Liaison Manager, Megan Peters, has been working tirelessly with the communities in Kiama, Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands, to identify significant adjustments to the event route, communicate the revised road management plans and respond to any community concerns regarding any potential impacts of the event. This resulted in road closures in the Kangaroo Valley, for example, being reduced to 06:30am – 10:45am on Sunday 28th November.

    The company will now review the location of L’Étape Australia for 2022 and beyond. “We respect the right of the Shoalhaven City Council councillors to make this decision. We will now consider our options and continue to create great experiences for riders in beautiful terrains,” Mr Malézieux said.

    Lateral Events thanks the NSW Government including Destination NSW, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and other agencies who worked with the organisation in support of L’Étape Australia. Lateral Events would also like to thank Kiama Council and Wingecarribee Shire Council, its councillors, along with businesses, residents and community groups for their ongoing support and would like to see Kiama and the Southern Highlands continue to be supported by major events in the future.

    All registrants will be contacted within 7 days with further information about refunds.

    Lateral Events remains committed to delivering cycling events, particularly those that bring economic benefit to regional NSW, and last week launched a new multi-day cycle event called Drops + Hoods in the NSW Snowy Mountains, an event described as the next generation of cycle events.

  • Virtual L’Étape Australia Discount

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    To celebrate Bastille Day, we are offering a $10 discount on all Virtual L'Étape Australia registrations.

    To redeem your discount, use the code BASTILLE at checkout.

    Organised in partnership with FulGaz, the Virtual L'Étape Australia offers three challenging stages. All stages are available until Sunday 18 July (midnight AEST) and you can ride each stage as many times as you want, with your latest performance recorded and displayed on the event leaderboard.

    In addition to the $10 discount, FulGaz is providing all registrants who don't have a FulGaz membership with a 21-day free trial.

    Complete at least one stage to enter the draw to win one of the prizes on offer:

    • 2 x 1 official L'Étape Australia by Tour de France jersey (RRP $140 each)
    • 2 x 1 registration for the 5th edition of L'Étape Australia by Tour de France - 28 November 2021 (RRP $349)

    Register Now!

    Don't miss out on the Super Early Bird price!

    Registrations for L'Étape Australia by Tour de France are now open and they are selling fast. Our special Tour de France offer sold-out in just under 2 hours, and Super Early Bird registrations are almost exhausted.

    Don't miss your chance to register at the best price available!

    Register Now!


  • L’Étape Australia by Tour de France 2021 Update

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    Following extensive community and stakeholders’ consultation, Lateral Events announced today that The Ride, the shorter of the two distances on offer at L’Étape Australia by Tour de France, will be placed on hold in 2021.

    The 80km route travels from Kiama to Berry via Gerringong, Bomaderry and Shoalhaven Heads. The route crosses the Princes Highway at a major roundabout in Bomaderry, impacting restaurants, shopping centres, a sports complex and major factories.

    The 136km Race will be held as planned. Registrations open on Thursday, 1 July 2021.

    The organisers and the local authorities have explored multiple options to maintain The Ride, but Tour de France standards, including fully closed roads, couldn’t be met.

    Riders who intended to participate in The Ride are invited to pencil the date of 2-5 December 2021 in their agenda to participate in Lateral Events' latest cycling event: Drops & Hoods. The first edition of Drops & Hoods will take place in Jindabyne on 2-5 December and will feature seven distances, including the original The Ride (108km) and The Race (170km) of L'Étape Australia.

    More information about Drops & Hoods will be revealed after the Tour de France.

    REGISTRATIONS OPENING

    Registrations for the 5th edition of L'Étape Australia by Tour de France will open to the general public on Friday 2 July at 10am.

    People who joined the Priority Waitlist will be given access to the registration platform from Thursday 1 July at 2pm.

    Registrations are currently limited to 5,000 participants and the event is expected to sell out. Join the Priority Waitlist today to make sure you don't miss out.

  • 2021 L'Etape Australia Announced

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    After the March event was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, L'Etape Australia have formally announced that the 2021 event will go ahead on 27-28 November. The event village will open from Saturday 27 November in Coronation Park in Kiama and the race and ride will take place on Sunday 28 November 2021.

    Race Director Florent Malézieux said: “We are very happy to be moving forward with our planning of the 5th edition of L’Étape Australia. The event promises to be a boost to the local economy and visitation numbers, and after two false starts, we are looking forward to showcasing the region and everything it has to offer to thousands of riders and their families.”

    Registrations for the event will open in the coming weeks, and riders are invited to register their interest online. Riders registering their interest will be given access to the registration platform before it opens to the general public.

    For more information and to subscribe to their latest news, visit the L’Étape Australia by Tour de France website. You can also subscribe to the latest news through the L’Étape Australia by Tour de France Facebook page.

  • Community Meetings

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    Following the Covid-19 restrictions ease, L’Étape Australia by Tour de France is now able to host face-to-face local community meetings to resume its community engagement campaign.

    The first series of meetings will take place on 12-14 April 2021 and the links to attend are advertised below (registration is essential to comply with the current Covid-19 regulations).

    During these meetings, the following elements will be addressed:

    • Presentation of L'Etape Australia by Tour de France
    • Debriefing of the 2020 local community engagement campaign
    • Presentation of the 2021 local community engagement campaign
    • Presentation of the modifications and improvement implemented (date, road closure timings)
    • Q&A session.

    Please note the capacity of each room is strictly limited (between 80 and 90 people) under the current Covid restrictions. Registration is essential to ensure we abide by these rules and to support the government with contact tracing.

    To join a meeting, please secure your spot via one of the links below:

    • Berry (residents and businesses from Shoalhaven Heads, Bomaderry, Cambewarra, Berry and Kangaroo Valley) - Monday 12 April, 6pm at the Berry School of Arts - Register for the Shoalhaven Meeting
    • Kiama (residents and businesses from Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and Jamberoo) - Tuesday 13 April, 6pm at the Pavilion Kiama - Register for the Kiama Meeting
    • Robertson (residents and businesses from Fitzroy Falls, Robertson and Burrawang) - Wednesday 14 April, 6pm at the Robertson School of Arts - Register for the Robertson Meeting
  • L’Étape Australia by Tour de France cancelled due to forecast inclement weather

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    Lateral Events, organisers of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France, in consultation with the State Authorities and in agreement with Kiama Municipal Council, Shoalhaven City Council and Wingecarribee Shire Council, have announced the cancellation of the Saturday 20 March 2021 event due to the inclement weather forecast this weekend in NSW.

    The weather forecast for Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands has consistently worsened during the past few days. On Wednesday 17 March at 4:30pm, 90mm to 200mm of rain was forecast for Saturday 20 March, making the course unsafe to deliver the only Tour de France event in Australia.

    The cancellation of the event means there will NOT be any road closures implemented on Saturday 20 March 2021.

    L’Étape Australia is the only Tour de France event in Australia. The fifth edition, initially scheduled for November 2020, had been postponed to 19-20 March 2021.

    The 5th edition of L’Étape Australia will be staged in early December 2021, and community engagement will resume in the coming weeks.

    We would like to thank all the local residents and local business owners for their understanding, and we are looking forward to bringing the Tour de France to Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands at the end of the year.

  • Road closures associated with L’Étape Australia 2021 Cycling Event announced

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    L’Étape Australia by Tour De France has released information on associated road closures for the cycling event held on Saturday 20 March 2021.

    The 5th edition of L’Étape Australia will use 181km of roads through Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands.

    The event organisers have worked in collaboration with the State Authorities and the Local Councils to gather as much local knowledge as possible and limit the impact of the event on the local traffic. A comprehensive Traffic Management Plan was developed, submitted to the State Authorities and the Local Traffic Committees. When the TMP was endorsed by these bodies, it was then submitted to the vote of the councillors in each council and was subsequently approved.

    The event organisers are working closely with NSW Health to ensure a covid safety is in place.

    The event organisers will provide more detailed maps regularly to their website to provide residents and business owners of each area with information that is specific to them.

    To access the maps visit L’Étape Australia’s website.

    Please contact the event organisers via email at info@letapeaustralia.com, for further details, or with any questions or concerns.

  • Registrations Open

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    Registrations for L’Étape Australia by Tour de France on 19 and 20 March 2021 are now open.

    • The Ride (80km) $289
    • The Race (136km) $349

    Register online through the L’Étape Australia by Tour de France website.

    Payment by installments is available.

    Registrations close Friday,12 March 2021, or until sold out.

    For more information, and to take a look at the course, visit the L’Étape Australia by Tour de France website.

  • L’Étape Australia by Tour de France Postponed

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    L’Étape Australia by Tour de France organisers have announced the postponement of the fifth edition of the event from 27-28 November 2020 to 19-20 March 2021.

    The current escalation of the COVID-19 situation in Australia and ongoing restrictions on public gatherings to limit the spread of the virus has led organisers to postpone the event. The restrictions are there to protect riders, supporters and the local community, which is of paramount importance to all of us.

    In consultation with key stakeholders, including the NSW Government, the decision has been made to postpone the fifth edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France to Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March 2021.

    The event location, the routes and timings are intended to remain the same.

    Riders already registered for the event are automatically transferred to the new date and don’t need to take any further action. Riders unavailable at the new date can request transfer their registration to L’Étape Australia in December 2021 or 2022, or a refund via the online form available on L’Étape Australia by Tour de France website.

    For more information, follow L’Étape Australia by Tour de France on Facebook or visit the Website.

    If you have any questions, please email info@letapeaustralia.com.

  • Super Early Bird Registration for 24 Hours Only!

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    Registrations for The Ride (80km) are now available at www.letapeaustralia.com.

    Super Early Bird Registration ($259) will last for 24 hours until Thursday 16 July at 10am.

    Early Bird Registrations ($269) will then start on Thursday 16 July at 10am and will last until Friday 31 July.

    Don't worry about a possible cancellation due to Covid-19, we've got you covered! No one can predict what restrictions will be in place in November, but we all want to start making plans. We have released a Covid-19 refund policy to provide all registrants with a transfer valid for two years (or a refund) should the event be postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19.

    Pay your registration in 3 instalments. For the first time, L'Étape Australia offers an option to pay your registration fee in three payments over three months. This offer only applies to the registration fee, meaning any additional merchandise or donation towards our charity partners will be charged with the first instalment.

    E-bikes are allowed on The Ride (80km) L’Étape Australia by Tour de France now allow e-bikes users to register for The Ride (e-bikes are NOT allowed on The Race - 136km).

    E-bikes have become very popular and are more and more often seen in bunch rides. L'Étape Australia is committed to cater for every cyclist and allow everyone to enjoy the unique Tour de France atmosphere in Australia. e-bike users will be allowed to start with the standard waves of The Ride, in order to ride with their friends, but will have to declare they will be riding an e-bike in the registration form. To preserve fairness, e-bike riders will be ranked in a separately.

    L'Étape Australia is the perfect weekend away L'Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November in Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands.

    Friday 27 November is the day every rider is required to pick up their registration pack at the event village in Coronation Park (Kiama). The village will feature international cycling brands, local businesses, family activities and live performances. Saturday 28 November is the race day. The village will also operate on this day to provide supporters and visitors with a wide range or activities.

    We encourage riders and visitors to start planning their trip early to enjoy a stress-free weekend. Demand for The Ride (80km) is already high, and people are invited to register early to enjoy the best registration rate available and avoid disappointment.

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