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15,000 riders to tackle 4,000 metres of climbing from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand

Registration for next year’s Etape du Tour will open next Monday, with 15,000 places available to ride the route of Stage 10 of the 2018 Tour de France, the route of which was announced in Paris this morning.

Taking place in France’s Haute-Savoie department, the 169-kilometre closed-road cyclosportive will take place on Sunday 8 July, the day after the Tour de France itself starts in the Vendeé, and is the 28th edition of the event.

It will include 4,000 metres of climbing, with four tough ascents to be tackled, including an ascent to the Plateau des Glières plateau, never included on the route of the Tour de France before and where 2 kilometres of gravel roads await the riders.

The first climb of the day will be the Col de la Croix-Fry, followed by the one to the Plateau des Glières – 6 kilometres at an average gradient of 11.2 per cent. Here is the profile, plus video of part that gravel section that comes after the summit.

Plateau des Glieres profile.jpg

Plateau des Glieres profile.jpg

Next comes the ascent of the Col de Romme, followed by the Col de la Colombière then the descent to the finish at Le Grand Bornard.

Entry will cost €109 up to and including 17 December and €139 thereafter, depending on availability.

Geneva International Airport is 45 kilometres from Annecy, with British Airways and Swiss providing flights from a number of UK cities, while Lyon, with flights from carriers including British Airways and Air France, is only slightly further away.

You can find full details regarding registration here.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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derek n clive [264 posts] 1 month ago
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This is going to be carnage! The Croix Fry is not an easy first climb, especially the second part after Manigod. Forget the novelty gravel section, trying to get 15,000 riders up the narrow part of the Glieres (and at 11%) will have bottle necks and feet down for sure - then you have two brutal climbs to cap it off. The broom wagon will have a field day...

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Timsen [77 posts] 1 month ago
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Perhaps not suitable for another Tour de Celebrity then ? ...... Louie Spence etc are probabaly busy then anyway.

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fluffed [53 posts] 1 month ago
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That Plateau des Glières looks evil even without the gravel, and 1000s of riders crammed in. I want to do the Etape one day, but I shall pass on this route.

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SellMatt [7 posts] 1 month ago
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Annecy and Le Grand Bornand are accessible so logistics shoud be better. + 1 for Croix Fry from Thones. Spent many summer holidays in Le Grand Bornand cycling the Cols but not in one go. Its a great part of the Alps and worth the effort. I reckon it always looks worse on paper so i shall be signing up and then be farting sparkles on the Colombiere

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Alessandro [157 posts] 1 month ago
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fluffed wrote:

That Plateau des Glières looks evil even without the gravel, and 1000s of riders crammed in. I want to do the Etape one day, but I shall pass on this route.

I rode the Etape in 2016 but wasn't able this year and was looking forward to doing it again next year. However, like you, this route doesn't really do it for me so I think that I may just organise a cycling holiday in the Alps and avoid 1000s of people on gravel. 

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gaetanstaples [2 posts] 1 month ago
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Looks like this has now sold out. Anyone know if they release a 2nd batch of entries or of another way to get a place other than through a charity or tour operator? Got travel and accommodation, just need entry.