L'Etape California

Experience the Tour de France in California

Folsom, CA September 1-2, 2018

LOS ANGELES, Calif. & PARIS, France (February 22, 2018) - The annual L'Etape California by Le Tour de France, a mass participation bike ride produced by the operators of the Amgen Tour of California, AEG, and A.S.O., owner and operator of the Tour de France will take place in Folsom Sept. 2 (the Sunday of Labor Day weekend). Open to the public and road riders of all skill levels, registration is now open for this Folsom-first holiday weekend event which begins on Saturday, Sept. 1 - a day filled with French food, sights, appearances from cycling legends, and family cycling fun - followed by the L'Etape ride on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Sept. 1 will be a cycling-filled day before the ride. Participants will be able to walk through the Cycling and Active Lifestyle Expo to experience family-friendly activities and vendor booths. Attendees can visit the traveling Tour de France Museum to see race visuals through a virtual reality experience, and ask questions to a Tour de France legend in a public Q and A session. Other offerings include French food, a look into French culture and a Tour de France stage or movie screening. During the ride on Sept. 2, awards such as King and Queen of the Mountain and Classics awards will be presented for the best overall climbing times. All finishers of the fully supported ride will receive a participation medal, post-ride meal and entertainment, photos and more. Similar to last year when the event took place in Mt. Baldy, Calif., winners of the climbing competition will be eligible to earn a trip to France to represent California and show their skills at the original Etape du Tour ride in summer 2019.

Folsom is widely considered the premier cycling destination in the CA Sierra foothills. A "fan favorite" city, conveniently located adjacent to Highway 50 and about an hour from Lake Tahoe, Folsom offers a diversity of world class cycling experiences along with many visitor amenities. From the popular "Around the Lake" ride, a 50-mile course with beautiful water views leading to the Gold Country foothills or the 32-mile American River Bike Trail from Folsom to Sacramento, scenic trails are a Folsom specialty! A popular post ride activity is water fun including stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Natoma or wakeboarding on Folsom Lake. End your day with a cold one at a Historic Folsom wine bar or brew pub along with shopping and 30+ restaurants.

"The City of Folsom is incredibly proud to host L'Etape California by Le Tour de France. This world-class event brings national and international awareness to Folsom's world-class cycling routes, iconic landmarks, distinctive scenery and bike-friendly community," said Mayor Steve Miklos. "It will be a cycling double header this year with the professional Amgen Tour of California race in May followed by the L'Etape public ride in the fall. The City, our partners and avid cycling community look forward to welcoming competitors and spectators to Folsom."

L'Etape California by Le Tour de France is a ride designed to challenge cyclists on a course comparable to an Alps Mountain stage of the world's most well-known cycling race. The second annual L'Etape California by Le Tour de France will take riders on a scenic hilly ride through the Sierra foothills in a region known for warm summer weather and sunshine. New for 2018, two route distances will be offered: riders can experience the full ride through 90 miles 7,500 feet of climbing, or the short ride through 60 miles and 4,000 feet of climbing to navigate the scenic vistas of Folsom, an active community at the base of the Sierra Foothills which is well known for cycling and running. In May, Folsom will play host to the Stage 6 start of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race, which runs May 13-19.

The Etape by Le Tour de France Ride Series encourages cyclists around the world to experience a course comparable to a legendary Tour de France stage in 12 international locations including Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Korea, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Taiwan. The original L'Etape du Tour ride, the premier mass participation race in Europe, was established in 1993 and has grown to one of the sport's biggest annual rides with over 15,000 riders. Though the course changes annually, the ride is always a goal of passionate Tour de France fans as they get to experience the roads just days before the professional riders.