Etape du Tour 2020

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Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Dorset Boy » Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:38 am

The Etape du Tour 2020 will be held on 5th July, following the route of Stage 2 of next year's Tour de France, starting and finishing in Nice, with 3 climbs over 177 kms (3,570m elevation), including the Col de Turini and the Col d'Eze.
https://www.letapedutour.com/en/

who's planning to enter, and what accommodation plans do folks have?

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Longshot » Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:47 am

Interesting. Need to look into that.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Bing181 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 17:38 pm

Thinking about it, booked a hotel/apartment that I can cancel just in case. A couple of things:

- Accommodation in Nice is always expensive, but even moreso in July.

- The Saturday 4th July is when French summer holidays kick off - and along with it, the 100 km traffic jams. I wouldn't be driving anywhere down that way on the Saturday, could be a nightmare, especially if you're coming from the North.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby DeVlaeminck » Thu Oct 03, 2019 19:09 pm

Same day as the Marmotte then - do they normally clash ? Seems odd that two of the biggest sportives are on the same day. Quite like the look of the Etape
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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Dorset Boy » Thu Oct 03, 2019 20:21 pm

DeVlaeminck wrote:Same day as the Marmotte then - do they normally clash ? Seems odd that two of the biggest sportives are on the same day. Quite like the look of the Etape


Think they clashed in 2018 too.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby bradsbeard » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:02 am

Bing181 wrote:Thinking about it, booked a hotel/apartment that I can cancel just in case. A couple of things:

- Accommodation in Nice is always expensive, but even moreso in July.

- The Saturday 4th July is when French summer holidays kick off - and along with it, the 100 km traffic jams. I wouldn't be driving anywhere down that way on the Saturday, could be a nightmare, especially if you're coming from the North.


Good pointer.

It'll be mega expensive and travel will be a nightmare.

Think I'll nick the route and ride out of high season.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Thigh_burn » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:04 am

DeVlaeminck wrote:Same day as the Marmotte then - do they normally clash ? Seems odd that two of the biggest sportives are on the same day. Quite like the look of the Etape


The Maratona is the same day as well. All they need to do is change the date of the Mallorca 312 and they've got a full house.

Bing181 wrote:Thinking about it, booked a hotel/apartment that I can cancel just in case. A couple of things:

- Accommodation in Nice is always expensive, but even moreso in July.

- The Saturday 4th July is when French summer holidays kick off - and along with it, the 100 km traffic jams. I wouldn't be driving anywhere down that way on the Saturday, could be a nightmare, especially if you're coming from the North.


I've booked a room on Booking.com, so can cancel nearer the time without any £ at risk.
In terms of travel, if you got there a couple of days early I reckon it would be fine - say travel down on the Weds / Thurs. Could look at train or plane.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Teebs_123 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:13 pm

I think I'll drive down for it again, arrive mid-week and leave on the Monday. Should avoid the worst of the traffic.
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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby sherer » Tue Oct 08, 2019 08:47 am

im up for it. Not sure whether to stay in Nice and be close to the start finish or try Menton, or smaller town over the back. Ive been out there before with work and there is some nice riding in that area.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Fenix » Tue Oct 08, 2019 09:20 am

Not done the etape before - what's the likelihood of getting a place ?

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby sherer » Tue Oct 08, 2019 09:28 am

Fenix wrote:Not done the etape before - what's the likelihood of getting a place ?

it's first come first served. Log onto the website the morning they go live and you will be in.

If you want to reserve place then sports tours international have guaranteed places too

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Fenix » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:23 am

Excellent - thanks for that !

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby Matthewfalle » Tue Oct 08, 2019 16:37 pm

lots of companies do guaranteed spots - friends have used Love Velo and said they were brilliant.
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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby turbo1191 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 19:41 pm

I'm riding it for charity - guaranteed place for £75 if you raise £650 for Macmillans. booked accomodation on booking.com that i can cancel at no cost..

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Re: Etape du Tour 2020

Postby PBlakeney » Tue Oct 08, 2019 21:08 pm

sherer wrote:im up for it. Not sure whether to stay in Nice and be close to the start finish or try Menton, or smaller town over the back. Ive been out there before with work and there is some nice riding in that area.

Villefranche, lovely town. Simply stay 1/2 mile inland up the hill and avoid a sea view if you want to save money. Down the hill on the left to Villefranche, to the right to Nice. Easy walking distance to both.
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