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.