The reigning Tour De France champ and current TdF yellow jersey will ride in NSW this December.
L’Etape Australia has announced that cycling star Chris Froome, currently leading in this year’s Tour de France, will take on the role of Pro Mentor in this year’s race through the NSW Snowy Mountains in early December.
In the role, the pro cycling champion will mentor amateur racers and riders, providing tips on training for the event, racing tactics, riding safely in packs, breakaways and the physical and mental attributes required to continually improve. The two-time Tour de France winner will hold a series of clinics and rides before L’Étape Australia gets underway on December 3, then he will ride from the back of the pack through to the front along the 157km mountainous route.
“Chris Froome is a legend of world cycling, and I am thrilled that we will be seeing him at L’ Étape Australia later this year,” said NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants to ride alongside a Tour de France Champion, and I encourage everyone to register for the event today.”
Held on fully closed roads, L’Étape Australia is run under professional race conditions for amateur riders, complete with the quintessential Tour de France elements of the Sprint and King of the Mountain sections. There are two races available to entrants – the Race and the Ride.
The ultimate challenge of L’Étape Australia, the Race, covers 157km which includes the difficult Col de Beloka and finishes with the demanding Col de Kosciuszko final climb, taking the route to a peak of 1,735m. The Ride is a shorter version of the Race; the Ride is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final Col de Kosciuszko climb. At 126km and a peak of 1,300m the Ride is still a significant challenge.
To register, head to www.letapeaustralia.com