That's right, cycling fans! L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France is back for its second year! This year's race arrives in the Alamo City on April 16, 2023!
For those who have never heard of L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France or those who may be a bit rusty on information, here's a bit of a refresher.
L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France is a series of worldwide, mass participation, amateur cycling events. Hosted by those who put on the world’s most famous bike race - the Tour de France! L’Étape provides cyclists at all levels with an authentic Tour de France experience. Last year, one of the most decorated former professional cyclists in recent history, Alberto Contador, was in attendance as the Official Tour de France Ambassador for the event. Not only did Contador share his insights into his most competitive races at the Champions Dinner, but he also took part in the main race! This year's ambassador? The legendary Jens Voigt.
Racing or riding recreationally - and even with the family! This event allows you to do so without having to forgo feeling like a true Tour de France champion. But there is more! There are plenty of other ways to get involved. Like all major milestone events for cities, the success heavily relies on the help and support of local volunteers. If you are looking to become a part of the excitement, it is not too late to sign up as a volunteer for the broad range of opportunities still available.
So, how do you plan to experience L’Étape San Antonio 2023? If you are looking to ride, the perfect time to register is NOW! L’Etape San Antonio 2023 is fast approaching as is the registration deadline!
Fun for All Ages
From expert to beginner, everything in between, and all ages - there is a race for everyone!
Family 10-Mile Ride & Kids Race
Make it a family weekend with a little friendly competition at the fun-only untimed races— children ride Saturday, and parents ride Sunday.
The Kids Race will take place on Saturday, April 15th, whereas all timed races and the family race will be held on race day - April 16th. The Kids Race is free and meant specifically for ages 3-10. Children will be awarded medals and snacks at the finish line. All bikes are allowed, including pushbikes. Parents and guardians are welcome to cheer their riders on - pre-register today or register on-site on Saturday the 15th. A little out of the age range for this one? Read on for more information on adult races.
The Family ride takes place April 16th, immediately following the timed races. Those 11 years and older can get a taste of the race on this 10-mile journey. This one is for fun only and will not be timed.
Are you up for the ultimate challenge? For ambitious, expert-level riders the 100-mile event is the closest experience to the Tour de France stage. Changing up the course from last year, this year the course now includes twp laps for double the scenic views of San Antonio's gorgeous Hill Country.
Only road bikes are permitted. Riders must be 16 or older to participate and you must maintain a minimum average speed of 13.5 mph.
For the cycling aficionados looking to avoid those steeper climbs and for a slightly shorter track, the 60-mile course the route to take. Similar to the 100-mile, you will embark from the UTSA campus heading Northwest reaching elevations of 3,000 feet.
Both road and gravel bikes with drops are accepted. Riders must be 16 or older to participate and you must maintain a minimum average speed of 12.5 mph.
If cycling is a newer passion of yours and you are wanting to ride but not race, the 25-mile ride is the perfect option. For the more casual riders, this course follows the same initial path as the 100 and 60-mile leaving from UTSA.
Nearly all bikes are allowed, however, be sure to check the website for the shortlist of restricted vehicles. Riders must be 14 or older to participate.
On race day, bring your helmet or you will be denied entry. A photo id/form of identification for those participating and water bottles are also requested. There will be multiple food zones, along with rest and water stops to ensure riders are fueled and hydrated at all times.
For the 100, 60 and 25-mile timed races, riders will need to pick up their race packets - only the rider may pick up their own race packet as third-party packet pickups are prohibited. These packets will include your bike plate number, frame number, and various sponsor gifts. Riders will begin the race in waves, with the first wave kicking things off bright and early at 7 AM. It is highly recommended that you show up 15 minutes before your designated time. The 10-mile family ride will follow shortly after all timed cyclists have taken off.
Awards will be presented to multiple age categories for each competitive distance race, along with prizes for top finishers overall.
Signing up as a volunteer is a great alternative to riding if you are still wanting to be involved in the action. It is a rare opportunity to show your support for the community, meet like-minded cycling fans, and enjoy the beautiful Texas weather all at the same time just by lending a helping hand. From gear check, to start line corral, to hospitality, to package pick up— there are still plenty of different shifts available to choose from across all age groups. But do not wait too long to sign up!
Gear Up for L’Etape San Antonio
No matter what experience you choose, start planning today. For ideas on where to stay, visit our website. Be sure to visit the L’Étape San Antonio website for full event details and revisit the 2022 Rider Guide.