Lonely Planet Writer

Race against Chris Froome at L'Étape in New South Wales' Snowy Mountains next December

Following Chris Froome’s fourth Tour de France victory, amateur cyclists can test their riding skills against the man himself at L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales on Saturday, 2 December 2017.

Race against Tour de France winner Chris Froome in NSW next December
Chris Froome at Stage 21 of the Tour de France, July 2017. Image by: KT/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

Run for amateur cyclists, the 157km race is on fully closed roads and will have complete professional conditions. Riders can choose a shorter 127km course, for those that want to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final gruelling Col de Kosciuszko ascent.

Reigning Tour de France champion, Chris Froome will provide some clinics on the Friday and then will ride from the back of the pack to the front of the race on the Saturday. While many have watched Froome from the sidelines or on TV, few have had the incredible opportunity to ride with him – the ultimate test of a cyclist’s mettle!

Race riders can compete for the famous yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys on a 350m sprint and two challenging King of the Mountain sections.

Riders can opt to cycle alone for an entry fee of AUS$ 345 (approx. GB£210) for the race and AUS$ 315 (approx. GB£192) for the ride. As in the Tour de France, teams for L’Étape Australia will consist of nine riders and entry fee is AUS$335 (approx. £204) per rider for the race and AUS$305 (approx. £185) per rider for the ride. To enter, visit www.letapeaustralia.com and for further information on NSW, please visit www.visitnsw.com