2,500 amateurs invited to take to route of team time trial two days before the pros tackle it

The French city of Nice is gearing up for a four-day party as it prepares to welcome the Tour de France this summer, including giving amateur cyclists an opportunity to roll down the Tour start ramp and ride the route of this year’s Stage 4 in an individual time trial with 2,500 participants – a kind of Étape du Tour contre-le-montre.

Entries for that event, which covers 24.1 kilometres and takes place on Sunday 30 June, can be made on the www.asochallenges.com website from 11 April.

The four-day extravaganza, running from 29 June to 2 July when the Stage 4 team time trial takes place in the city on the Côte d’Azur, will be centred on an open space venue on the famous Promenade des Anglais where last Sunday Sylvain Chavanel won the penultimate stage of Paris-Nice.

As well as exhibitions and other events, there will also be big screens so that fans can watch the action from the opening three stages on Corsica. You can find more information 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.