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L’Étape du Tour is an annual event that lets thousands of amateur cyclists from around the world experience a Tour De France stage. The race replicates stage 18 of this year’s Tour and features the same luxuries that pro riders enjoy – closed roads, support cars, feeding stations, and the infamous broom wagon that picks up those who can’t make it. By the way you have a chance to win one of the 7 places on our team and ride with us! Enter the contest here.

Experience Tour de France in the saddle

L’Étape du Tour was first held in 1993, the original idea was to allow amateur cyclists to experience the breathtaking beauty and muscle-burning rigor of the Tour de France mountain stages. And with over 15,000 riders participating last year, the concept has not changed in the two decades since the first race. It usually starts quite early, with participants distributed according to their ability levels: the fastest at the front and the slowest at the back. The peloton quickly stretches out, creating a constant flow of cyclists on the course. The last riders usually take over 10 hours to cross the finish line, though historically there have always been many who didn’t finish at all.

Team #ŠKODA for the win! Three months ago when ŠKODA’s French adventure team began training for the @letapedutour, a top 10 finish would have been an incredible accomplishment for any of the members, but to take home a win! @taoquemere shocked everyone by arriving in Morzine with a decisive victory time of 3h33. Not to say that this was a fluke for the young Frenchman. Formerly a cross-country skier, he followed a regime worthy of a pro and was training 15 to 25 hours a week, covering an average of 250km. Needless to say, his hard work paid off and yesterday was a cause for huge celebration for a young man we can expect to be hearing a lot more about! (photo by JacVan – ASO) #letapedutour #welovecycling #cycling #cycle4life #procycling #velo #lovecycling #tdf #tdf2016 #tourdefrance #tourdefrance2016 #letour #letour2016 #skodagram #skodaauto

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Where and when?

This years’ L’Étape will be held on the 16th of July. The 18th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France will run through the heart of the most majestic and enigmatic sporting setting ever! From Barcelonnette to the Col de Vars (2109 m), minds and thighs alike will be fired up and the final 10km ascent to Izoard (2360 m), which is over 9 % of average gradient, promises an unforgettable experience as well. The overall 178km route with two big climbs will be a tough challenge for anyone.

Who is the race for?

The race is open to all who dare and manage to get in. And the demand is high. L’Étape du Tour established itself as a significant benchmark for ambitious amateur cyclists from around the world, plus it represents the opportunity to attempt a stage of the Tour de France, a dream-come-true for so many. Since joining the Tour de France as a major sponsor 13 years ago, ŠKODA has provided funding opportunities for those looking to participate in this unique event. In the last two years, ŠKODA and We Love Cycling sent 10 amateur cyclists to compete.

This year you can be the one who will compete against those hills in southern France. Enter the contest here to win a spot on the ŠKODA’s We Love Cycling team and face the challenge of your life.