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L'Etape

london-redlondon-red Posts: 1,266
edited November 2017 in Commuting chat
So, has anyone signed up for L'Etape next year? I have, on the understanding that a cycling buddy would do the same, but this is now looking unlikely. Especially as it's sold out :roll:

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  • BikequinBikequin Posts: 402
    Ah that's not ideal - was planning do to it again but hadn't signed up as it normally doesn't sell out until December. Might have to see if I can find a package deal.
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  • london-redlondon-red Posts: 1,266
    Bikequin wrote:
    Ah that's not ideal - was planning do to it again but hadn't signed up as it normally doesn't sell out until December. Might have to see if I can find a package deal.

    Yeah, I think there will be a few caught out by how fast it sold out!! Just booked a flight as well (£35 BA, using Avios that would have sat in my account doing nothing otherwise :D )
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 3,973
    london-red wrote:
    Bikequin wrote:
    Ah that's not ideal - was planning do to it again but hadn't signed up as it normally doesn't sell out until December. Might have to see if I can find a package deal.

    Yeah, I think there will be a few caught out by how fast it sold out!! Just booked a flight as well (£35 BA, using Avios that would have sat in my account doing nothing otherwise :D )
    I rode L'etape in 2014 and signed up to do it again this year (2017), but when I finally got around to booking flights and accommodation, I was being quoted about £400 per night for even basic rooms so I gave up and didn't end up going.
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,761
    i was surprised when a friend at work said it sold out immediately this year, he got his place via sportstours int I think
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  • london-redlondon-red Posts: 1,266
    itboffin wrote:
    i was surprised when a friend at work said it sold out immediately this year, he got his place via sportstours int I think

    I'm not sure why it's been so popular this year. Maybe it's the route - it's certainly an interesting challenge, with four decent climbs and the gravel section adding a bit of intrigue. Also, Annecy is a decent spot to spend a few days, so might have helped. Or maybe they did a better job of marketing it. Who knows.

    By the way, has anyone used Bike Box Rental in Kingston?
  • london-red wrote:
    By the way, has anyone used Bike Box Rental in Kingston?

    Yes - absolutely fine - space to park which obviously helps and box was in similar nick to others I have rented - ie not brand new but still good enough. Would use again.
  • london-redlondon-red Posts: 1,266
    roubaixmb wrote:
    london-red wrote:
    By the way, has anyone used Bike Box Rental in Kingston?

    Yes - absolutely fine - space to park which obviously helps and box was in similar nick to others I have rented - ie not brand new but still good enough. Would use again.

    Nice one - thanks.
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    london-red wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    i was surprised when a friend at work said it sold out immediately this year, he got his place via sportstours int I think

    I'm not sure why it's been so popular this year. Maybe it's the route - it's certainly an interesting challenge, with four decent climbs and the gravel section adding a bit of intrigue. Also, Annecy is a decent spot to spend a few days, so might have helped. Or maybe they did a better job of marketing it. Who knows.

    By the way, has anyone used Bike Box Rental in Kingston?

    Beautiful area to ride in; the views from the Aravis are stunning. JG, Boffin, G66, Attica, Rich, IP and a couple of others were there in 2010, although I think we descended the Colombiere the way the Etape comes up.

    I seem to recall the group splintering on a warm day up the Croix Fry...

    But the main takeaway was not to ride back up the Aravis from the non-La Clusaz side straight after a heavy lunch...
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,761
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    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
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  • Wrath RobWrath Rob Posts: 2,918
    I did it this year. It was well run and it was cool to say you did what the pro's did (considerably quicker) a few days later. However, it was over priced for what you got, especially when you consider Flanders or the Maratona is around 1/3 the price for a similar style event. The Maratona included a Casteli jersey and gilet plus a load of other swag. The Etape swag was a multi-tool, some free samples and that was it. Must be an ASO tax...
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