Local Jindabyne Cycling Club members out for their Eucumbene Road Sunday morning ride. Photo by Steve Cuff.AFTER meticulous planning and much consultation, the route for L’Etape Australia to be staged in the Snowy Mountains has been announced.
The two distances (the Race and the Ride) ensure L’Etape Australia will satisfy both the most competitive rider and the rider who wishes to participate, on a challenging route, but over a shorter distance.
The entire 157km route will be on closed roads, run under race conditions. The route is dedicated to the riders.
Four Feeding Zones and two Drinking Zones will provide food, water, amenities, medical and mechanical support.
The route provides riders with an eclectic mix of undulating hills and a flat section before the Sprint, a 300m stretch in the village of Berridale.
The winner of the Sprint will be presented with the Green Jersey as worn by some of Australian cycling greats such as Robbie McEwen.
More undulating hills give way to Col de Beloka, the first of two King of the Mountain climbs. A challenging and punchy 3.5km stretch with an average gradient of 10 percent but with some sections reaching 17 percent.
Cyclists competing in the Ride will pass the finish line at L’Etape Australia Village in Jindabyne after 126km.
But for those competing in the Race, things heat up. Riders will pass Jindabyne and hug the lake side before turning uphill to begin a steep and long ascent of Col de Kosciuszko to the finish line at Perisher.
The Race is up there with the toughest stages of the Tour de France. At 157km and 1735m above sea level, the riders competing for the world famous Yellow Jersey will feel the burn of this final finish.
Local Jindabyne Cycling Club members out for their Eucumbene Road Sunday morning ride. Photo by Steve Cuff. The cycling route for the L’Etape event to be staged later this year in the Snowy Mountains.
Background on L’Etape Australia by le Tour de France.
L’Etape Australia will provide a new dimension to the Australian cycling calendar; replicating the original mass participation Tour de France experience, L’Etape 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 social, celebratory and administrative heart of the event will be at L’Etape Australia Village which will be encamped on the banks of Lake Jindabyne.
Many of the riders who have completed L’Etape du Tour in Europe or the Americas will make the pilgrimage to Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain, joining the Australians,
New Zealanders and riders from Asia testing their stamina and determination on a route endorsed by Tour de France General Director Christian Prudhomme.