Best be quick if you want a place though, they're bound to sell out fast...

Entries are now open for the 2011 Etape du Tour, with two events on offer as previously reported here on road.cc, but if you want to take part, you’d better be quick since there are only 6,000 places on offer for each direct to the public, with a further 4,000 also set aside for organisations such as tour operators offering packages.

Billed as Acte I and Acte II, the events take place on Monday 11 and Sunday 17 July, the first covering just 109km from Modane-Valfréjus to Alpe d’Huez, the second 208km from Issoire to Saint-Flour.

If you’re considering taking part, it’s definitely worth reading David Else’s article on Etape Essentials published here last month, which also includes links to UK-based tour companies offering Etape packages, while others are listed on the official website.

Some of those companies may also be able to supply entry-only packages if going solo is your thing.

Otherwise, you can go straight to the online booking form for Acte I only, which costs 95 euros, by following this link. The form states that the first 3,000 places have already sold out.



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.


Gregoire500 [104 posts] 7 years ago

Podium-Signed up and bricking it like the sportive virgin that I am. Can't wait though and will be ample motivation to be disciplined over winter and get the miles in. Thermals are first on the list, before flights, transfers, accommodation, pacification for g/f, decent bike...

Might ask Bert to give me the name of a good steak supplier in the meantime!

Garrigou [5 posts] 7 years ago

There are 6000 places available to the general public on each event and a further 4000 on each event distributed amongst 'approved tour operators', corporate sponsors etc. So, 10,000 places available on each event, not 6,000.

Simon_MacMichael [2507 posts] 7 years ago

Thanks Garrigou, that's amended now.

skippy [416 posts] 7 years ago

Gregoire500 needn't rush out and buy a new bike but he does need to vist the Alps during the leadup and spend time riding at altitude. Lots of long days at altitude on the bike will give him an idea of what to expect and more to the point what his body and mind will accept.
Too many people think that riding with their mates in the UK,etc will prepare them to step up to the level of the "Protour Racers".
10hr days in the saddle at 100m are not the same as at 1500m and your body and mind will quickly tell you that regardless of how much food and drink you consume along the route.
When people like Tony Doyle are unable to finish due to accident then "Joe Public" has to realise that these Etappes are only for those THOROUGHLY trained and prepared.
Meanwhile i will continue to ride each day ,each etappe before the gendarmerie close the TDF to traffic for the 14th consecutive year, occasionally i encounter those who have got the etappe no on their bikes but as they dawdle along i don't get to wait for their story.

jackg [1 post] 7 years ago

Hi Guys  4

anyone looking for accommodation for Stage 8/9 TDF or Etap and you get stuck - it's going to be real busy around Super-Besse, Issoire, Saint-Flour - have a look here; http://www.le-mouy-vieux.com and speak to my sister Lynne.
I'm going to be there in July for the glory days, but only as a spectator.

Hope this helps.