L'Etape Australia by le Tour de France
Snowy Hydro is pleased to be a major sponsor of L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France for 2017. L'Etape Australia is a unique road cycle event that provides an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible for an amateur to get.
The L’Étape Australia event will be held on Saturday 2nd of December, and will see thousands of amateur cyclists from across Australia face the challenging L’Etape course through the mountainous roads of the Snowy Mountains.
Community Artwork Competition
Win a trip for two to Paris to watch the last stage of the 2018 Tour de France from VIP seats on the Champs Elysées. Two nights’ accommodation and $1000 spending money included.
Snowy Hydro and L’Étape Australia are calling on the local community to decorate the streets with your best cycling inspired artwork. We want to see what you’ve got. So take a picture of your artwork on the L’Étape Australia Race Route and send it in to us for your chance to win. Click HERE for more details!
Ride with Tour de France Champion Chris Froome
Tour de France reigning champion Chris Froome will be onsite to hold clinics, share his knowledge in riding and racing with the amateurs, and he will ride in L’Étape Australia from the back of the pack to the front. Adding to the Tour de France atmosphere, genuine Tour de France yellow, polka dot and green jerseys will be awarded to winners for both men and women.
There are two distances; The Race of 157km and the Ride of 126km. The ride includes the Sprint section in Berridale and the infamous first King of the Mountain section Col de Beloka, but excludes the final push up Col Kosciuszko to Perisher.
The local communities have truly embraced the Tour de France coming to the Snowy Mountains. The entire route is decorated with cycling paraphernalia, some exquisite works of art. The towns and villages have adopted the colours of the Tour de France: yellow (Jindabyne), green (Berridale) and polka dot (Dalgety). Last year thousands of locals lined the route with their cow bells, flags and encouragement; the welcome from the local community was extraordinary and created a wonderful ambience throughout the day.
The heart of the event will be the L’Etape Australia Village at Bullock’s Flat which will be hosted by Snowy Hydro , the Village will be the social, administrative and commercial heart of the event.Find out more about L'Etape Australia