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L'Etape UK: Be part of the Tour de France without leaving the UK

This year will be the last chance to travel easily to France, even so let the race come to you with L'Etape UK by the Tour de France

8 Jan 2020

In association with L'Etape UK organiser, Human Race Events

The Tour de France's official UK-based sportive will once again grace the stunning Chiltern Hills this year after its relocation last summer. The 2020 edition of L'Etape UK by the Tour de France will be held on Sunday 5th July. Hosted in the grounds of Penn House, Amersham, this is an event for all the family thanks to the official Tour de France Fan Park.

Despite its rural location and countryside route, the L'Etape UK is within easy reach of London, Birmingham and plenty of other places besides and is the easiest way for those wanting to get involved with the Tour de France without leaving the UK.

L'Etape UK: The routes

L'Etape UK by the Tour de France combines the natural beauty of the Chiltern Hills with the drama and romance of the Tour de France. This is the only sportive on the calendar that can truly bring the passion of the Tour to British roads.

What's more, there are Queen and King of the Mountains competitions sponsored by Rapha during the ride, allowing sportivistes to compete on closed road sections of the route.

L'Etape UK offers three routes - Long 151.3km, Medium 101.6km and Short 51.8km - meaning this is an accessible event for newcomers and challenging for seasoned sportive riders.

• A challenge for any rider
• 151km
• 2079m climbing
• The Crong has been removed from the ride, along with a couple of other smaller sections due to poor roads and unsafe conditions for cyclists. This means new roads for 2020
• Old favourites such as Wardrobes and Whiteleaf still feature prominently in this undulating course

• Intermediate distance for keen riders and those looking to up their sportive distance
• 101km
• 1362m climbing
• New roads for 2020 in certain sections

• One for the beginners. Great for your first sportive and chance to enjoy some beautiful scenery in the Chiltern Hills
• 51.7km
• 631m climbing
• Suitable to any cyclists, the short route is perfect for the first-time sportive rider wanting to try it out

All routes are subject to change up to the date of the event

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Feel like the pros and then watch them in action

The event isn't just about the stunning countryside and amazing roads, there are also plenty of touches to make riders feel like they're in the Tour de France: official Tour signage, red Skodas as event vehicles and quality touches at every turn to immerse everyone in the biggest sporting event in the world.

With the ride done, cyclists will be greeted across the finish line with a medal and a pint of Erdinger Alkoholfrei, but the day isn't done there. Riders can pose on a Tour de France podium before settling in to watch Stage 9 of the Tour, 154km from Pau to Laruns - which has got breakaway written all over it.

Next to the big screen there will be an authentic French food market, entertainment including stunt bikes, Tour de France experiences and much more for the whole family.

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