Sign up to ride like a Tour de France legend as we climb our way through the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California.
The Etape by Le Tour de France Series encourages cyclists around the world to experience authentic legendary Tour de France stages in over 12 international locations including Australia, Brazil, Mexico, UK, and Costa Rica.
This year’s L’Etape California by Le Tour de France will be hosted in the cycling-centric town of Folsom! We have two routes and a weekend of family friendly activities planned. We look forward to welcoming you to one of the most beautiful and challenging places to ride in California.
What’s included with every Registration?
– An event crafted to recreate the Tour de France
– Scenic course designed by Tour de France Directors
– Commemorative L’Etape California by Le Tour de France Gym Bag
– Commemorative L’Etape California by Le Tour de France Water Bottle
– Finisher Medal
– Escorted mass start
– Tour de France themed athlete road book and commemorative bib number
– Full support- nutrition & Hydration
– Mechanical support provided by SRAM
– Post ride beer, meal, & entertainment
– Tour de France Museum- an inside look at the history of the World’s Greatest Race
– Exclusive opportunity to meet Ambassador Andy Schleck- on-site participating in Saturday’s activities and Sunday’s ride
– King & Queen of the Mountain Competition- winners receive a trip to the 2019 Etape du Tour Ride in France (ride entry, hotel, bike)
Geraint Thomas stayed in the yellow jersey today, after the time trial stage, to win Le Tour de France!
The final stage is tomorrow on the Champs-Elysees, but the winners are already determined. No change in classification is made on the final day, but it should be an exciting finish, as the sprinters try to win the stage 21 victory!
Riding on city streets, or any streets that have cars parked on the side of the road, takes extra vigilance. If possible, avoid these streets if you can; even if it means riding a little further. Choose streets with bike lanes!
A car door can cause real havoc to a bicycle rider. There are some thing you should do to keep from getting “doored”:
1. Keep your eyes open! Stay alert, and look for motion inside parked cars. If you see there is someone in the car, give it a wide berth, at least 4 feet.
2. Ride with your hands on the brakes, not on the handlebars. It takes extra seconds to move your hands, and that time could be crucial.
3. Check the tail lights and backup lights on vehicles. If they’re on, you know someone is in the car, and may be about to fling the door open.
4. If there is a bike lane between parked cars and the traffic lane, ride more to the traffic lane side; if there is a lot of fast moving traffic though, use good judgement.
5. Use a bike mirror to keep tabs on what is coming up behind you; if nothing is there, you will be able swing out at the last moment safely if you need to.
IF YOU DO GET DOORED:
Take pictures of the scene, and try to get a statement from the vehicle operator along with their information. You were involved in a vehicle accident; they’re required by law to do that. Also details are necessary to keep your insurance company from declining a claim.
When buying a bicycle helmet, it’s important to get a good one. You don’t want to shell out bucks for a helmet that isn’t going to give you adequate protection. The newer MIPS helmet not only protect you from a head-on accident, but also provide protection from a blow that rotates the head. No helmet is perfect, and head trauma is still possible, even if one is wearing the top rated helmet. But without a helmet, trauma is almost a sure thing in an accident where the head is involved.
Virginia Tech, in collaboration with The Institute for Highway Safety, performed a study of 30 of the most popular helmets, and rated them according to safety. Their helmet impact tests evaluate a helmet’s ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a cyclist might experience.
My parents both loved to go on camping trips, and I grew up sharing their love of the activity. I always found it exhilarating to be out exploring in nature, away from the hustle and bustle. As an adult, I took up backpacking, and enjoyed going with my kids, although unfortunately they never wanted to go on longer trips of more than a day or two.
An even better way to get in the longer distances I discovered, is bicycle camping, which allows one to go further and explore new areas. To me, cycling from one nice campground to another for a week or two and enjoying the scenery along the way is the ideal vacation. There are so many beautiful areas in the US (and abroad) to do that, and you get the added bonus of getting great exercise!
So set up a trip and get out there! Do it safely, though. Don’t just start riding on the spur of the moment. Plan your trip! First, take a look at your riding level. If you haven’t been riding lately, go out and do some training. There’s nothing worse than getting out on you bike for six or seven hours if your rear end hasn’t been prepared for it. I’ve done some long rides where I was in shape to do it physically, but afterwards my seat was so sore I could hardly sit. 😉 Not fun, especially if you’re going for several days.
Next, figure out where you and your friend(s) are going; the key point here is don’t do this alone. I know there are people who like to go solo, but it’s not a good idea. If you get out by yourself and have an accident, or feel ill, or get lost, or … you get the idea. It’s best to have someone with you. Be reasonable about the distance you can comfortably ride. If try to do 80 or 90 mile days when you’ve been riding 25 mile trips, you’re going to be miserable. If you are going for a couple of weeks, or some longer time, start out with shorter days and work up to the longer days. And don’t forget to schedule in a rest day or two.
Okay, so what to take on the trip; check out the Camping Checklist page for a list of recommended items to take on your trip.
if you ride a $7,000 pro road bike, don’t take it camping. It’s likely to get a little beat up, plus you don’t want to get it stolen! Ride a metal frame hybrid bike, or touring bike or something similar that’s heavier duty and can take rough roads. If you’re planning to buy a bike, check out the all-terrain bikes that come with racks such as the Trek 1120, for example.
Try to go as light as possible; you’d be surprised how quickly the weight goes up as you add items. If you’re not sure if you need something, leave it behind. If you find you really do need it, maybe you can get it on the road.
Don’t take too many clothes, but at the same time it can get pretty cool at night, even in the summer. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go!
Be sure your cookware is lightweight. You don’t need multiple pots, for example; one medium sized pot will suffice. Backpacking cookware is a great choice to keep the weight down. Also, try to buy groceries when you get close to your nightly destination. You don’t want to schlep around heavy groceries any further than you need to.
Last but not least, prepare yourself mentally. Know in advance their are likely to be some really tough hills that can be demoralizing when you’re on them. But they don’t go on forever, and there’s likely a great downhill on the other side! So get out there, and have a great trip!