The Etape du Tour de France is coming to Morzine! This year will be the 31st edition of this cyclosportive and will follow the same route as stage 14 of the Tour de France. It is arguably the most famous mass participation cycling event in the world.
What is the Etape du Tour?
L’Etape du Tour is an amateur road cycle race that covers the 14th Stage of the Tour de France. It gives cyclists from all over the world the chance to ride one of the most incredible stages of the 2023 Tour de France. The roads will be closed and the participants will get to ride this stage in the same conditions as the professional cyclists of the Tour. It is an epic sporting challenge and if you’re into road cycling this is a route you will have had your eye on for a while!
For the 2023 Etape du Tour there will be 16000 participants made up of 92 different nationalities. It’s an amazing group of people coming together to enjoy the sport they all love. The average age this year is 44 and 45% of these people will be participating for the first time. It’s a huge challenge to take on and there is expected to be around 42000 spectators cheering from the sideline. The distance is 157KM with a huge 4100m of elevation gain.
Etape du Tour Route?
The Etape du Tour route takes the exact route from Stage 14 of the Tour de France. This route starts in Annemasse heading up to Boëge and the Col de Saxel. The next two climbs takes them to the Col de Cou and the Col du Feu. After that they will climb up the Col de Jambaz dropping down to Saint Jeoire and Mieussy. This is where it starts to get really local for anyone taking part from Morzine. The next climb is the Col de la Ramaz, this climb is a biggy but takes the riders into the villages of Sommand and Praz de Lys which are so beautiful. They will then drop down to Tanninges and prepare for the final climb up the Col de Joux Plane from the Samonës side. The final descent will take the participants down the Col de Joux Plane and into Morzine where the atmosphere will be incredible.
When is the Etape du Tour?
The Etape du Tour takes place on Sunday 9th July 2023. It’s going to be one of Morzine’s biggest events this summer and it’s definitely not one to be missed! You can watch from any point along the route and support those taking part.
If you are racing in the 2023 Etape du Tour and have not yet booked your post event massage, get in touch ASAP. Slots are going fast and you will definitely feel the benefit of a massage after this race! I come to you at your accommodation with everything I need for your massage.
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