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 L’ETAPE SOUTH AFRICA

Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

SUNDAY 2 APRIL 2017

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Official L’Etape  South Africa Ambassador

L’ÉTAPE DU TOUR

 

In 1993 L’Étape du Tour (“a stage of the tour” in French) was created to give amateur cyclists an opportunity to live and experience for themselves Le Tour de France. Each year, up to 15 000 cyclists are invited to ride one of the mountain stages of Le Tour de France: the same stage towns, the same routes, the same mythical climbs but also, and above all, the same race conditions as on Le Tour de France.

And because the love of cycling knows no borders, and Le Tour de France itself is a giant, L’Étape du Tour has given rise to several other races around the world, offering you even more stunning landscapes in the same race conditions as Le Tour de France.

 

L’ÉTAPE EVENTS WORLDWIDE

 

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L’ÉTAPE SOUTH AFRICA

 

Beginning in 2nd of April 2017, South Africa will join the nine other countries in hosting its own version of L’Étape du Tour in Midlands, KwaZulu Natal. Every year, L’Étape South Africa will provide the closest experience an amateur rider can get to competing in Le Tour de France. The challenging route will be endorsed by Le Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme, and will traverse a varied topography through the beautiful South African countryside. The event will be held under race conditions meaning, just like on Le Tour de France, the route is dedicated to the rider on fully-closed roads.

L’Étape South Africa by Le Tour de France will provide a new, unique dimension to the South African cycling calendar not only in replicating L’Étape du Tour in format, look and feel but also in that the route and event location will change each year. L’Étape South Africa is firstly an immense sporting challenge, but it is also a tourist adventure that will enable you to ride and discover some of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Each edition of L’Étape South Africa will present participating cyclists with a new challenge to test their skills and will aim to entrench the event as the most demanding of all L’Étape events, after all the event is billed as “L’Étape. Le Tough!”

THE RACE

                 Click on the tabs below for all race information:

The Route Profile

Discover the Route

Starting and finishing at the Mandela Capture Site in Lions River, the route will explore the Midlands Meander and touch the foothills of the Drakensberg with a total ascent of 1630m.

 DURATION
5 – 10 HRS
 COURSE
160
 FEEDING ZONE
2
DRINKING ZONES
5
DIFFICULTY
HARD

HOW TO ENTER

Entries for L’Etape South Africa open on 08:00 on Tuesday 22 November 2016 and will close on Sunday 19 March 2017. The total number of entries is limited, so please enter early. Participants can chose to enter as individuals or as teams.

Entries for L’Étape South Africa will be managed by Race Tech.

Individual Entry Cost

Individual Entry: R 990

Team Entries

As in Le Tour de France, teams may enter L’Etape South Africa. Teams for L’Étape South Africa will consist of six riders. Teams of more than six riders may enter the team competition however, only the first six riders’ times will be counted towards the Team Prize.

Included in your entry

Race registration

Fully closed roads

Le Tour de France professional race conditions

Timed Race

Official L’Étape T-shirt on registration collection

Team Area (to be set up at team’s own cost)

On route support, including medical and mechanical support

Two Feeding Zones with food, water, toilets, medical and mechanical support and transport for riders and bikes for those who wish to stop riding

Five Drinking Zones

Timed Sprint section

Timed King of the Mountain section

Race Finishers Medal

Pasta Meal at end of the Race

Team Entry Cost

Team Entry (team of 6): R 950 pp and R 990 for every additional team member thereafter

Prizes

L’Etape South Africa is classified as an amateur event

All Jersey and prize winners must have completed their route in the allowed time to be eligible for awards.

 

Participants in L’Étape South Africa will be provided the unique opportunity of competing for the authentic Le Tour de France jerseys.

Individual Prizes

 

Overall Male and Female Winners of L’Etape South Africa will win entry and all-expenses paid travel and accommodation to compete in 2017 L’Etape du Tour in France

Additional Prizes

Participants in L’Étape South Africa will be provided the unique opportunity of competing for the authentic Le Tour de France jerseys.

The Yellow Jersey 

will be presented to the overall male and female winners.

The Green Jersey

will be awarded to the male and female winners of the sprint section

The Polka-Dot Jersey

will be presented to the male and female winners of the King of the Mountain

The White Jersey

will be presented to the fastest overall male and female in the Race aged 25 years or less on the day of the event.

Start and Finish

Start: Nelson Mandela Capture Site 

Finish: Piggy Wiggly Country Village

 

Start Time

Sunday 2nd April 2017 from 6:00 AM

Participants have a maximum of 10hrs to finish the race

Nelson Mandela Capture Site

The Nelson Mandela Capture Site is a cultural and historical exhibition that is situated at the site at which Nelson Mandela was apprehended for his anti-Apartheid activism acts in August 1952.

A monument comprised of 50 steel columns up to 9.5 metres in height and up to 30 metres in width was created in honour of Nelson Mandela’s efforts was created at the site by Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy Rose and forms an image of the former president. The columns line up so that, at a specific angle, they create what seems to be a two-dimensional image of Mr Mandela. As the sun changes its position above the monument, the effect of the tall beams on the ground also changes.

The uMngeni Municipality has formal plans to establish an amphitheatre, theatre, museum and arts and crafts centre at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. This will uplift the local community, creating more job opportunities, and will promote tourism to this part of the beautiful KwaZulu Natal Midlands.

PIGGLY WIGGLY COUNTRY CLUB

Piggly Wiggly is a world class destination situated on the Highgate Wine Estate. Highgate Wine Estate is a pioneer in the industry, being the first residential wine estate in Kwazulu Natal as well as producing both excellent quality and certified wines. Throughout the creation and growth of Piggly Wiggly we have drawn to the Midlands as an inspiration and influence. Piggly Wiggly has become an exclusive destination
offering world class shopping, outstanding food and unique entertainment for all ages.

Cut-Off

0 km START – Capture Site

06:00 AM

3, 0 km Piggly Wiggly

27,9 KM WATER STATION – NOTTINGHAM RD

08:30 AM

34,9 KM ROSETTA – SPLIT WAY & BACK

45,0 KM FEEDING ZONE – CHURCH

64,0 km Climb 1

76,2 KM RIGHT TURN

12:00 PM

92,0 KM FEEDING ZONE

92,4 km KOM Challenge 1 – Start

107,0 km Sprint Challenge

113,0 km Water Station – Mooï River

124,0 km Rosetta – Split Way & Back

132,0 km Water station – Nottingham Rd

157 km Finish Line – Piggly Wiggly

In addition to the Nelson Mandela Capture site, the route will take in the majestic Midlands Meander, a scenic route featuring arts, craft, restaurants and various places of interest.

 

  • Balgowan Valley

    The route climbs up the R103 and passes through the Balgowan Valley home of the internationaly renowned boys school, Michaelhouse.

  • Lidgetton

    Home to the famous Piggly Wiggly Farm Stop and St Ives, Lidgetton is the first major point of interest along the Midlands Meander route.

  • Nottingham Road

    Towards the peak of the first climb lies Nottingham Road, a popular trout fishing destination and home to the Nottingham Road Brewing Company.

  • Rosetta

    Entering Mpofana Municipality, Rosetta is blessed with dramatic views of the Drakensberg and some of the most spectacular waterfalls in KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Spring Grove Dam

    Officially opened in 2013, the new Spring Grove Dam not only provides water to the surrounding area, it also adds a new, dramatic feature to the landscape.

  • Kamberg Nature Reserve

    From Rosetta our route heads towards Kamberg Nature Reserve, home of the Kamberg Rock Art Centre where the first South African rock art was found, then introduced to the world in 1915.

  • Mooiriver uKhahlamba-Drakenberg

    Visible along the route is the awe-inspiring uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park whose name, uKhahlamba, means ‘barrier of spears’ in isiZulu or ‘dragon mountains’ in Afrikaans.Mooi River takes its name from the Afrikaans description of its river meaning “pretty”. In Zulu, however, the river is named Mpofana, meaning “Place of the Eland”.

Race Collection

Parking

The L’Etape South Africa Expo and race pack collection point will be located at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site museum
grounds outside Howick, KZN Midlands.
No race packs will be handed out on race day, Sunday 2nd April

Address

NELSON MANDELA CAPTURE SITE – R103, HOWICK, 3290. CO-ORDINATES: 29°28’06.1″S, 30°10‘15.7″E
Follow these directions to get your race number:
Take Tweedie off Ramp. Turn left if you are driving from Durban and right if you are driving from Johannesburg. Turn right onto
the R103. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site on the right.
Parking is available at the Nerlson Mandela Capture Site. Please follow the signs and security personnel instructions as you get
near.

Race Pack Collection Dates and times

Friday 31st March 2017 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday 1st April 2017 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

L’ETAPE SOUTH AFRICA RACE RULES

 Article 1 – THE RACE

L’Etape South Africa is a cycling event which will be held on Sunday 2nd April  2017 in Lion’s River, Midlands, Kwa Zulu Natal

The Race will start at 6.00am at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and Finish at Piggly Wiggly Country Village.

The race will be timed and with rolling road closures to traffic.

L’Etape South Africa  organized by Buyu Sport and Entertainment & Octagon Marketing  (hereinafter the Organizer with the support of Amaury Sport and Entertainment (ASO)  “TDF Sport” and under the authority of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme  (French Cycling Federation-F.F.C.).

Article 2 – PARTICIPATION CONDITIONS

The race is open to all cyclists, provided that they are at least 18 years old in 2017. Entrants born in 1999, who are under 18 on the date of the race, will have to provide written proof of parental consent.

Competitors who hold a Cycling SA license / membership must provide the photocopy of their license when they collect their race numbers.

Foreign license holders must provide a medical certificate stating that there are no contraindications for them to take part in cycling competitions, even if they are holders of a competition license issued by a federation which is affiliated to the UCI. This certificate must be dated, signed and allow the authentication of the doctor, whether the latter is based in France or not. If the doctor is foreign, the medical certificate must be drawn up in English.

The medical certificate or the photocopy of the 2017 license must only be handed over when you collect your race number at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.

Participation in L’Etape South Africa implies each competitor’s express and unreserved acceptance of the present rules.

 Article 3 – ENTRIES

Entries for the event can only be done on the online registration platform www.letapesouthafrica.com

The entry fees will be indicated on the race’s website.

The organization reserves the right to limit the number of competitors in the race for safety reasons.

All entries are personal, firm and definitive and cannot be reimbursed for any reason.  Entries cannot be transferred under any circumstances.

Anyone who transfers his race number to another person will be held responsible in the event that the latter is the victim of or causes an accident during the race.  The organization declines all liability in the event of an accident under such circumstances and will permanently ban the competitor who has transferred his race number to another person, as well the competitor who uses it, from the L’Etape South Africa.  Race numbers must be worn on competitors’ backs and be completely visible during the race, and not covered by any garments.

Article 4 – COLLECTION OF RACE NUMBERS

Race numbers can be collected at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April. No race numbers will be distributed on Sunday, the day of the race. Race numbers and timing chips will be distributed when you present the confirmation of your registration, proof of your identity, your license or a medical certificate. Race numbers will not be sent by post. Each competitor must collect his race number personally. The allocation of a race number is firm and definitive.

Article 5 – MANDATORY AND FORBIDDEN EQUIPMENT

For safety reasons and to ensure the race goes smoothly, each participant must present himself at the start of L’Etape South Africa with the following mandatory equipment:

  • A rigid helmet which must be worn throughout the entire race,
  • A hydration system (water bottle or hydration pack) – one will also be provided in your race pack,

To ensure your safety as well as that of the other participants, it is strictly forbidden to participate in L’Etape South Africa:

  • A bicycle equipped with any kind of extension (bar ends or triathlon bars);
  • An electric bicycle or electrically assisted pedal cycle;
  • A recumbent or prone bicycle;
  • A bicycle which is not officially recognized by Cycling South Africa

ARTICLE 6 – access to the site and security

It is strictly forbidden to bring any objects to the race site that may be dangerous or illegal, in particular drugs, firearms, blunt weapons and explosives.

To access the site and take part in the Event, the participant recognizes and expressly agrees that the Organizer may call upon security personnel who will be authorized to check people as well as inspect their personal belongings.

Everyone who wishes to access the site must comply with this check. If they refuse to do so they will not be authorized to access the site.

Security staff are authorized to refuse access to participants whose behavior is likely to disrupt the smooth running of the race.

Article 7 – RESPECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

In order to respect the environment and the natural surroundings in which the event takes place, it is strictly forbidden to leave litter (paper, plastic wrappers) on the route.  Bins will be provided at all feeding zones and in “collection areas” which will be installed and indicated on different points of the route.  They must be used by the competitors.

Participants must hold onto their litter and wrappers and wait until they reach the places set up by the organization to dispose of them.

The race management reserves the right to relegate riders who deliberately dispose of their litter outside of the designated areas.

Article 8 – TIMING AND RANKINGS

Timing will be done using an electronic detection system. RACETEC Timing

All entrants will need to purchase a Racetec chip, and the timing chip should be positioned on the fork of the bicycle or on their ankle. This timing chip will be detected by different antennas placed along the route. It will be used to monitor the race and will also allow the race’s results and rankings to be established.

In order to allow the timing chip to function properly it must not be folded or bent. Moreover, the frame plate must be positioned on the front of the bicycle, as explained in the documents distributed to participants (instructions featured on the envelope containing the race number and frame plate).

The electronic detection system has been chosen according to strict reliability requirements. Despite the tests carried out by the manufacturers, a very small percentage of chips that are not detected still exists. The lack of data resulting from chips not being detected will not allow the organizer to include the competitor’s official time in the ranking. The organizer will not be held responsible for this.

At the end of the race, several rankings will be established:

  • First Male – Yellow Jersey & L’Etape South Africa Jersey
  • First Female – Yellow Jersey & L’Etape South Africa Jersey
  • King of the Mountain Male – Polka Dot Jersey & L’Etape South Africa Jersey
  • King of the Mountain Female – Polka Dot Jersey & L’Etape South Africa Jersey
  • Sprint Challenge Male – Green Jersey & L’Etape South Africa Jersey
  • Sprint Challenge Female – Green Jersey & L’Etape South Africa Jersey
  • First Junior Rider Male – White Jersey & & L’Etape South Africa Jersey ( 25 years and under on 2nd April i2017)
  • First Junior Rider Female – White Jersey & & L’Etape South Africa Jersey ( 25 years and under on 2nd April 2017)
  • First Team – L’Etape South Africa Jersey (with 6 finished members)

A real time deadline (which begins when the start line is crossed), will be defined by the organizers (according to the route’s difficulties, technical constraints, etc.) and given to all the participants to cross the finish line. This real time will be published on the race’s website.

All participants which exceed this real time will be relegated, even if they cross the finish line.

All the results will be published on the race’s website, as well as on your ASO Challenges area.

Article 9 – SECURITY DURING THE RACE

Personal following cars are strictly forbidden on the route.

The organization will put a number of measures in place to ensure the route is secure: signage, motorcyclists with flags indicating dangerous areas, signs indicating sections requiring particular attention.

The participants must respect the safety instructions given by the organization’s personnel (vehicles, motorcyclists, volunteers) along the whole route.

The safety measures will end at the finish line.

Article 10 – WITHDRAWALS AND TIME LIMITS

If a competitor wishes to withdraw for any reason other than injury, he should, if at all possible, do so at one of the recovery points set up by the organization.  The participant should find the person in charge of the area, who will permanently invalidate his race number.  Return transportation for riders will be available at each of these points. In order to ensure the participants’ safety and to allow the re-opening of roads to cars to be scheduled, it is essential that participants do not exceed the end of race time limits. Three measures will be put in place:

Stationary measures: recovery points

The locations and times for the recovery points will be communicated to participants before the race (newsletters, website, social networks) and when race numbers are collected.

Time limits at the recovery points will be identified, communicated to participants (via the race website, social networks and at race collection where race numbers will be collected at Nelson Mandela Capture Site and put in place. These time limits will correspond to the times after which it will no longer be possible to leave the indicated place (other than by following the alternative route under the conditions set out below).

If riders do not leave the recovery points before the specified time, they will be eliminated from the race and will no longer feature in the L’Etape South Africa rankings. Return transportation for riders and bikes will be available at each of these points.

Stationary measures: alternative routes

Alternative routes will be offered to participants who have been eliminated but who do not want to use the recovery system organized. These itineraries, which are less challenging than the route of L’Etape South Africa, will not be closed to traffic nor secured by the organization. Participants take these routes at their own risk.

Any participant deciding to take an alternative route will be detected by the timing system and will not feature in the final L’Etape South Africa.

Alternative routes and the times when they will be in operation will be communicated to participants before the race (newsletters, website, social networks) and when race numbers are collected.

Mobile measures: end of race

The end of race operation, which will consist of at least one motorcycle, one car and one bus, will only take charge of participants who have fallen, experienced mechanical or physical failure and who are unable to reach the recovery points under their own steam.

Participants who use this mobile operation will be eliminated from the race. The medical service, consisting of doctors and first aiders, may decide to eliminate a competitor for medical reasons.

Article 11 – Fight against doping

L’Etape South Africa is a race organized under the authority Cycling South Africa , and as such, anti-doping tests may be carried out. The participants of L’Etape South Africa undertake to rigorously respect the ban on doping, as well as the measures concerning anti-doping tests, according to the laws and regulations in force.

Article 12 – INSURANCE

Cycling in general and cycling competitions in particular represent a physical activity which involves risks. Each of L’Etape South Africa’s participants must enter the race knowing that they will ride on mountainous terrain with steep climbs and rapid descents.

Public liability insurance: in accordance with legislation in force, the organizer has taken out insurance covering the financial consequences of its public liability, those of its officials and all the participants of L’Etape South Africa. With regards to participants’ public liability, the cover provided by this insurance to the latter is limited to accidents which they may cause to third parties during the course of the sports event.

Moreover, this cover will take effect in addition to other insurance which they might have or if they do not have any insurance at all.

A copy of the insurance policy is available to all participants upon request.

Material Damage Insurance: The organizer will not be held responsible for the theft, breakage or loss of the participants’ personal belongings during the race.   As a result, it is therefore up to each participant, if he deems necessary, to take out insurance.

Article 13 – Image rights

By participating in L’Etape South Africa , the participant gives his express permission for the organizer, its delegates and its successors to use and reproduce, in any medium and by any means, now and in the future, with no compensation of any kind, his name, voice, image, and, more generally, his sporting performance in L’Etape South Africa, in any form, in any existing or future medium, in any format, for public communication throughout the world, for any use including advertising and/or commercial purposes, and for the entire duration of the protection granted by current copyright laws and regulations, judicial and/or arbitral decisions issued in any country, and existing or future international conventions, including those that may result in the extension of this duration.

Participants grant their full and irrevocable permission, to the organizer, its dependents, and its successors, for the purposes of conducting advertising, promotional or sales campaigns to:

  • Make any changes, additions or deletions which it judges necessary to use his or her image under the conditions defined below;
  • Include or combine his or her image with any signatures, hooks, slogans, legends, brands, distinctive signs, legal information, visuals and, generally speaking, anything of any kind which the organizer uses, particularly to illustrate communication material in which they are used.

The participant guarantees that he is not bound by an exclusive contract relating to the use of his image and/or name and/or voice.

The organizer, its delegates and its successors are expressly forbidden from using a participant’s name, voice or image in any format of a pornographic, racist or xenophobic nature, and more generally are forbidden from any use that is detrimental to the participant’s dignity.

Article 14 – AERIAL FILMING

All entrants in L’Etape South Africa certify that they have been informed that on the day of the event, unmanned aircraft (drones) will be used to film the competition and will position themselves during part or all of their participation in the event, less than 30 meters from the aforementioned aircraft.

They also certify that they have been informed that these areas, which have been predefined by the operator and identified by multi-colored poles, and to which the access is strictly forbidden to the public and to participants, will be set up by the operator so that the aircraft can land in the event of an in-flight incident.

Article 15 – DISPUTES

All complaints must be made in writing, mentioning the competitor’s last name, first name and his race number and sent to the headquarters of the organizing company, within 30 days of the results being announced.

 Octagon Marketing (Pty) Limited

L’Etape South Africa

PO Box 782653, Sandton, 2194

No claims will be accepted beyond this time.

No reply will be given to any request by telephone or in writing concerning the interpretation or application of the present rules. The organizers reserves the right, if need be, to shorten or cancel L’Etape South Africa. It cannot be held responsible for this.

The present rules have been drawn up in English which is considered as the official language. They are subject to South African law.

Article 16 – MODIFICATION – POSTPONEMENT – ANNULATION

The organizer  reserves the right to modify the route, the location of the feeding stations and the timing points, the distance to cover and postpone the date and/or times of the race at any time when circumstances require.

If the race has to be cancelled in the event of a reason beyond the organizer’s control, according to the circumstances, the organizers will offer compensation such as replacing the race by another event organized by the organizer, allowing the entrant to postpone his race registration or reimbursing the cost of the race number, less the registration fees, excluding any of the participant’s other expenses.

Article 17 – ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES

Participation in L’Etape du Tour implies each competitor’s express and unreserved acceptance of the present rules.

Contact : Devian Nadasen –

Operations Director –   L’Etape South Africa

Email: devian@letapesouthafrica.com    tel: 072 395 1349

THE VILLAGE

About the Village

The L’Etape South Africa Village, which will be located on the grounds of Piggly Wiggly Country Club, is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a memorable and unique experience.

PIGGLY WIGGLY – 1 DARGLE RD LIONS RIVER 3265. CO-ORDINATES: 29°27’29.9″S 30°08’08.7″E

Follow these directions to enjoy the vibe and experiences of the L’Etape South Africa Village

Take Tweedie off Ramp. Turn left if you are driving from Durban and right if you are driving from Johannesburg. Turn right onto the R103. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site on the right. Proceed for 3km to Piggly Wiggly on the left.

Parking is available at the Piggly Wiggly Country Club. Please follow the signs and security personnel instructions as you get near.

L’ETAPE VILLAGE – PIGGLY WIGGLY

Sunday 2nd April, 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Visit http://www.pigglywiggly.co.za/

Exhibitors

More than 30 partners and exhibitors will be present to advise cyclists and to present their latest innovations.

To enquire about booking space at the expo, please email at info@letapesouthafrica.com

IMPORTANT REMINDER – no race packs will be handed out on race day, Sunday 2nd April

TRAVEL

About Midlands

The Midlands Meander in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, is a collection of arranged routes that offer visitors hospitality in truly beautiful surroundings, outstanding accommodation, conference and wedding facilities, fascinating local events, fabulous cuisine and restaurants, revitalising outdoor activities and over-the-top adventure sports, historic landmarks, wildlife conservation, and best of all “shop-till-you-drop” unique arts and crafts. An easy one-hour drive from Durban and four and a half hours on the N3 highway from Johannesburg, there is much to explore and do in the Midlands.

Book Accommodation

MEDIA

Le Tour de France Official Event to hit South African roads in 2017

Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the organizer of Le Tour de France, and Buyu Sport & Entertainment, the newly-formed event-ownership division of Octagon South Africa, announce an exclusive strategic partnership to bring Le Tour de France Official Events to South Africa.

L’Etape South Africa by Le Tour de France, will come to the country in April 2017 and is a premier amateur road cycling event, held under the banner of the world’s most iconic cycling race, Le Tour de France. L’Etape du Tour (French for ‘a stage of the tour’) was established in 1993 by ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) to allow cyclists to experience a stage of Le Tour de France first-hand. ASO has since extended the L’Etape concept internationally bringing the unique Tour de France experience to Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan and United Kingdom and from April 2017, South Africa.

Sports and cycling fans will be immersed in the great atmosphere of Le Tour de France as L’Etape will be operated under professional race conditions and will replicate a stage of Le Tour de France. Up to 5,000 amateur cyclists will be invited to participate in the race with riders competing for the legendary Tour de France yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys.

Amaury Sport Organisation General Manager Yann Le Moënner declared: “It seems like South African cycling is breaking away from the peloton these days: 2015 already was a historical year for Le Tour de France as it welcomed its first African team on board in MTN-Qhubeka (which has since been renamed “Team Dimension Data” and “Dimension Data for Qhubeka”). With Tour de France 2013, 2015 and 2016 winner Chris Froome having spent years and been introduced to cycling in South Africa as well as numerous teams traveling to South Africa for their winter training and a major sponsor in Dimension Data partnering with Le Tour de France since 2015, the cycling planet has recognized South Africa as a land of cycling.  For the first time in history, South African cycling enthusiasts will be offered the excitement of Le Tour de France; we are proud and happy of this new grand premiere!”

Buyu Sport & Entertainment and Octagon South Africa Managing Director Bonga Sebesho said: “L’Etape South Africa by Le Tour de France is a major coup for us. Buyu Sport & Entertainment represents Octagon’s entry into the event-ownership space and L’Etape will be a major catalyst for this division. We relish the challenge of presenting an event run at international professional standards for South Africa’s ever growing field of amateur cyclists and establishing this event as a must-do cycle experience. L’Etape is a fantastic opportunity for competitive cyclists to be part of worldwide cycling movement with L’Etape taking place in 9 countries. It is our aim to position the South Africa event as the most challenging one of all the L’Etapes.”

Interested individuals are encouraged to subscribe for more information via the official L’Etape South Africa website www.letapesouthafrica.com. Further information on L’Etape South Africa 2017, including entry details and the race route will be announced in November. To keep abreast of all developments, please follow us via Twitter: @LetapeSA. Instagram: @letapesa. Facebook: L’Etape South Africa  @letapesouthafrica

L’Etape South Africa: info@letapesouthafrica.com

PR contact: Caroline Malan – The PR Machine – caroline@theprmachine.co.za

L’Etape South Africa by Le Tour de France: How to enter

The L’Etape South Africa event will be operated under professional race conditions and will replicate a stage of Le Tour de France. Up to 5,000 amateur cyclists will be invited to participate in the race with riders competing for the legendary Tour de France yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys. The date & venue of the race will be announced when entries open.

HOW TO ENTER

Entries for L’Etape South Africa open on 21:00 on Tuesday 22 November 2016 and will close on 28 February 2017. The total number of entries is limited, so please enter early. Participants can choose to enter as individuals or as teams.

Individual Entry Cost: R990

Team Entries: Teams may enter L’Etape South Africa as in Le Tour de France. Teams for L’Étape South Africa will consist of six riders. Teams of more than six riders may enter the team competition however, only the first six riders’ times will be counted towards the Team Prize.

Team Entry Cost: Team Entry (team of 6): R5700 and R990 for every additional team member thereafter.

Included in your Entry

  • Race registration
  • Fully closed roads
  • Le Tour de France professional race conditions
  • Timed Race
  • Official L’Étape T-shirt on registration collection
  • Team Area (to be set up at team’s own cost)
  • On route support, including medical and mechanical support
  • Three Feeding Zones with food, water, toilets, medical and mechanical support and transport for riders and bikes for those who wish to stop riding
  • Two Drinking Zones
  • Timed Sprint section
  • Timed King of the Mountain section
  • Race Finishers Medal
  • Pasta Meal at end of the Race

Interested individuals are encouraged to subscribe for more information via the official L’Etape South Africa website www.letapesouthafrica.com. Further information on L’Etape South Africa 2017, including entry details and the race route will be announced in November. To keep abreast of all developments, please follow us via Twitter: @LetapeSA. Instagram: @letapesa. Facebook: L’Etape South Africa  @letapesouthafrica

L’Etape South Africa: info@letapesouthafrica.com

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10 days to go till entries close!  L’Etape South Africa by Tour de France secures Andy Schleck as official ambassador

Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the organizer of Le Tour de France (TDF), as well as L’Etape South Africa organisers, announce 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck as official ambassador of the 2017 L’Etape South Africa.

The Midlands, Kwa-Zulu Natal is set to host the first L’Etape South Africa by Le Tour de France event on 2 April 2017. Immersed in the unrivalled atmosphere of Le Tour de France, L’Etape South Africa will be operated under professional race conditions and will replicate a stage of Le Tour de France. Adding to this once in a lifetime experience, will be the participation of 2010 Tour de France winner as well as 2009 and 2011 TDF runner up, Andy Schleck.

Andy Schleck commented;

“I am really proud and excited to announce that I am the official ambassador of L’Etape South Africa by Le Tour de France. Come and join me for the first edition of over 160km in the Midlands and enjoy the fair and fun of the village and expo. This is your chance to experience and ride like a Tour de France Legend.”

L’Etape South Africa Managing Director, Bonga Sebesho said it’s an honour to have Andy as well as other ambassadors and influencers on board;

“Hosting Andy will be our pleasure – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for participants to ride alongside a Tour de France Champion. We’d also like to welcome Team Dimension Data Principal, Douglas Ryder, who will also be competing and now knows the ins and outs of the Tour de France better than any of us. Adding to this is a whole host of cycling influencers and we’re certainly well on our way to ensuring that those who join us in just less than one month will want to come back time and time again.”

Starting at the Mandela Capture Site in Lions River, and now finishing at the Piggly Wiggly Country Village, the 160km route will explore the Midlands Meander and touch the foothills of the Drakensberg with a total ascent of 1630m. The rider and spectator experience has been further enhanced with the partnership between Piggy Wiggly Country Village which will in addition host the L’Etape South Africa Village.

“Piggly Wiggly has become an exclusive destination offering world class shopping, outstanding food and unique entertainment for all ages. We are privileged to be a part of the L’Etape South Africa Route and look forward to sharing our piece of the Kwazulu Natal Midlands with all the riders as well as their friends and families.” States Rudi Kassier, Chief Executive of Piggly Wiggly Country Village.

Enter on www.letapesouthafrica.com. Entries close on the 19th March 2017. Further information on L’Etape South Africa 2017 and to keep abreast of all developments, please follow us via Twitter: @LetapeSA. Instagram: @letapesa. Facebook: L’Etape South Africa  @letapesouthafrica

PR contact: Caroline Malan – The PR Machine – caroline@theprmachine.co.za

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