Etape du Tour – July 7, 2024 – SOLD OUT
Distance:138km, Total Elevation: +4400m
This year’s Etape du Tour will take place near the glistening shores of the Mediterranean Sea, mostly in the metropole of Nice. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’ll be a walk in the sand, though – along your 138km of riding you will climb 4 categorized mountains and 4400m of ascent!
Your epic day begins in downtown Nice, where you have virtually the only flat you will see for the entire day. Etape 2024 finishes with a 16km climb to a lonely col that seems as if it’s a thousand miles from civilization, even if it’s just a short drive back to Nice!
- Col de Braus: 10km / 6.6%
- Col de Turini: 20.7km / 5.7%
- Col Colmiane: 7.5km / 7.1%
- Col de la Couillole: 15.7km / 7.1%
44|5 Cycling Tours has secured two ‘bases’ for this year’s Etape: a well-located 3-star hotel near the old port of Nice and an exclusive auberge meters from the finish line in on the Col de la Couillole. We will pick you up at Nice airport and from then on all your transport, most meals and accommodation are taken care of. We can also help arrange a high-performance carbon-fiber bike for you on request. Let us take care of the logistics and support so you can make the most of your Etape weekend.
New for 2024 we’ll have a 44|5 Cycling Tours feed station dedicated to our riders. We can stock exactly what you want to eat and drink, including extra clothes if needed.
As we have done in the past, 2024 will see an Extension Tour after the event is finished. Our base is Barcelonnette, in the middle of the French Alps, an excellent base for accessing some epic climbs, including two that will be featured in 2024’s Tour de France – Col de Vars and Col de la Bonette (the highest point in the Tour, at over 2800m).
Let us know if you’d like to join us on this 3-night 3-ride tour: €1350 per person, all inclusive.
- Double occupancy: €1500 (includes event entry)
- Single Supplement: €1000
- Deposit: €500 per person
- Registration to the event.
- 3 nights hotel/chalet accommodation
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Feed station along the race route
- Complimentary sports nutrition
- Pick-up and drop-off at Nice (NCE) Airport
- Transport to/from Etape ‘village’
- Drop-off at race start
- Expert guides to see to your needs
- 44|5 Cycling Tours jersey and water bottle
Entry only: €215 (SOLD OUT)
- Transportation to/from Nice (i.e. flights)
- Lunches and drinks outside dinners
- Hotels before/after your tour
- Bikes – we will work with you to help find a suitable rental bike, if needed.
- Travel insurance (we highly recommend you purchase a travel insurance policy that also covers your bike)
Day to Day
After greeting you at the arrival airport on Friday we’ll visit the Etape Village to pick up race packs before checking into our hotel nearby. In the afternoon we’ll build and adjust bikes, making sure they are ready for the big day. On Saturday morning we’ll hop on our bikes for a short afternoon shake-out ride along the Mediterranean. A nutritious dinner will ensure your body is primed for tomorrow’s challenge.
Be ready for an early morning wake-up call on Sunday in order to get you to your race pen on time. Now it’s all up to you and your legs, but 44|5 will be there at the finish line to applaud your effort and ensure your comfort. Tonight’s celebratory dinner will heighten spirits and cement friendships as we recount tales of our exploits on the bike. Monday morning’s transfer back to the airport will be bitter-sweet, but there is always next year.
Day One – July 5: Arrival
- 1:30 pm: Pick-up at Nice Airport (NCE)
- Visit event Village to pick up race pack
- Bike assembly
- Group dinner
Day Two – July 6: Shake-out ride
• Morning shake-out ride on the Corniche roads of the coast
• Lunch after village visit; shake-out ride
• Group dinner
Breakfast and dinner included
Day Three – July 7: Race Day
• Early breakfast then ride to race start
• Celebratory group dinner at our auberge at the finish line
Breakfast and dinner included
Day Four – July 8: Transfer to Nice (NCE) Airport
• 8:00 am: transfers to Nice airport
Hotel Saint Paul
Your 1st home for the Etape du Tour 2024 is Hotel Saint Paul, a renovated 19th century theological seminary that will be a perfect location for both our shake-out ride on Saturday and a short spin to the start line on Sunday.
We’ve secured the only accommodation near the finish line for your last night with us – Auberge Quintessence. Run by a young couple, the auberge has comfortable rooms with views and meals featuring fresh, local ingredients. In 2024, 44|5 Cycling Tours riders will be the first ones to the shower after the race – the auberge is meters from the finish line!
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