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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.