Distances & Prices

Entries will open in February 2017

  • The Long Route 117 miles / 185.5km (approx. 1161m of climbing)
  • The Medium Route 92 miles / 147km (approx. 933m of climbing)
  • The Short Route 49 miles / 79km (approx. 508m of climbing)
  • Official Event Jersey £55 (buy here)
  • Official Event T-Shirt only £12.50 (buy here)

* Distances are approximate and routes are subject to change

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About the event

L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, organised by Human Race and in support of Access Sport brings the glamour of the Tour de France to the capital, following sister event the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride. The open roads route for the event takes in much of Stage Three of the 2014 Tour de France route and culminates spectacularly with a lap of honour around the Lee Valley VeloPark at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of the London 2012 Games. It sold out in 2015, making it a must-ride event for those lucky enough to get a place.

CPLUSlogo“The level of detail and the richness of the experience provided for the lucky l’Etape London participants shows that [Human Race] are not just looking to cash in on our desire for all things exhausting, but are genuinely trying to make their events something to remember”. – Cycling Plus

Reports of Stage 3 from the 2014 Grand Départ, which featured many of the same roads as L’Etape London

Event Benefits

  • Tour de France styled ride numbers
  • A Tour de France photo expo
  • A Tour de France finish podium photo experience
  • A départ fictif and départ réel: neutral start to get out of London
  • All routes finish with a lap of honour at the Lee Valley VeloPark
  • Beautiful rural cycling through Epping Forest and beyond
  • Long and Medium routes offer the opportunity to cycle on the Stage 3 2014 Tour Route
  • Ample motorcycle marshals, plus top quality route management
  • Tour de France lead cars – those familiar red Skodas you’ve seen on TV
  • Frequent feed stations with plentiful nutritional products


  • Mechanical support
  • Motorcycle marshalling
  • Medical support
  • Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
  • Well-stocked feed stations with sugary goods, energy products and water
  • Riders pack posted out prior to the event. No need to register on the day of the ride
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Results texted to your mobile phone as you cross the line
  • Finisher’s Medal


Please note that these are the start times for 2016 and are NOT the confirmed timings for 2017. They are here as a guide only.

  • Long Route: between 7:30am and 8:15am
  • Medium Route: 8:20am to 8:40am
  • Short Route: 8:45am to 9:05am

Age Requirements

Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2017.



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Map Downloads

The Short Route Download Download Download
The Medium Route Download Download Download
The Long Route Download Download Download


These results are provisional, and any queries should be sent to our Results Crew. These are compiled and any changes are shown in the final results here around a week after the event. If you are looking for results from previous years, please visit the main Human Race Results page.


CycleTechOn the day, mechanical support will be provided by Cycle Tech, who will be stationed in the event village before the start as well as out on the route.

Cycle Tech is a network of full time professional technicians, specialising in the service and repair of bikes. Their fully equipped mobile workshop will come to you and carry out the work required at your home or work address. Visit the Cycle Tech website for more details.

Travel & Accommodation

We are trying to keep cars coming to the event to a minimum and strongly recommend that you cycle to the event where possible – parking in the area is very limited.

In addition this year the Olympic Park is likely to be busier than usual due to a premiership league football game that is taking place at the London Stadium (formerly Olympic Stadium).

Please note that there will be NO PARKING in Lee Valley VeloPark / Velodrome car park on event day (Sunday 25th September).


To ensure you don’t miss your start time, please plan your route carefully in advance, taking into account that there have been various changes to the road system in the area over the past few years with all the Olympic / post-Olympic building work, so do double check any mapping software you are using.

Please be aware on event day the Lee Valley Velodrome should be approached on bike from the south using the road “Olympic Park Avenue” (which turns into Abercrombie Road). The road immediately outside the Velodrome (Abercrombie Road) will be closed all day on Sunday 25th September for the event. You will not be able to turn onto Abercrombie Road from Temple Mills Lane.

The Velodrome car park will be closed to participants (forms part of the event village) – please do not attempt to drive down Olympic Park Way to use it.

There are four ways to get to the Start on the morning of the event – these are listed below.

Use Public Transport & Cycle
Park & Cycle
Drop Off & Cycle
Stay locally & Cycle

1. Use Public Transport & Then Cycle

Due to the limited amount of parking in the vicinity we would recommend, where/if possible for your start time, that you use public transport to get to the event.

All TFL services should be operating according to their standard Sunday schedule – however please do ensure that you check the TFL website for any weekend engineering works that may disrupt your intended journey or mode of transport.

NOTE: Normal restrictions apply to the carriage of bicycles on public transport in London – please check the TFL website for details of what lines or modes of transport you are allowed to take your bike on.

If part of your journey is by train we advise you to also check what restrictions train operating companies may have in place over the weekend and whether you can take your bike on board at

Please note that Abellio Greater Anglia are operating a bus replacement for those coming in from Essex. More details can be found here.

Please check your start time before planning or booking your transport and remember to plan in enough time to get to the start e.g. it will take approx 5-10 minutes to cycle from Stratford International Station to the Start Area.

On the day, we recommend you use your Oyster card or contactless card for payment as ticket offices may not be open.

We recommend all spectators arriving or departing after 12:00pm (midday) do so at Leyton Station or Stratford International. Other stations will be increasingly busy due to the premiership league football game at the London Stadium.

2. Park & Cycle

NOTE: There will be NO PARKING at Lee Valley VeloPark / Velodrome on Event Day (Sunday 25th September).

There is no official car park for the event and so we advise you to plan more than one possible parking option in the area. Public parking options could include the following – note all usual parking restrictions and payments will apply:

  • Stratford International Station NOTE THIS LOCATION HAS A HEIGHT RESTRICTION OF 2.6M

Postcode: E20 1YY


Located on East Way (access via A12)

Alternatively you could look for residential roads in the wider area to park on and then cycle to the start. Should you do so please be considerate to residents, park with care and attention and please do not block any driveways or footpaths. Roads in the immediate area (5-10min cycle East of the VeloPark) might include:

  • Chandos Road
  • Chobham Road

All parking is first come first served – please plan a couple of options for where you could park well in advance just in case your first choice is not available, to ensure that you are not rushed on event morning.

We Do Not Recommend:

  • Westfield Stratford Car Park

Car Park A + C at this venue will remain open on the 25th September. However due to the road closures put in place for the premier league game (kick-off is at 16.00) anyone trying to enter or depart this car park after 12:00 may experience significant delays.

Car Park B will be closed (even if open on arrival do not use Car Park B – exit restrictions will come into force later in the day as some exit gates are directly impacted by closure of Montfichet Road).

Note: as this is a new football stadium, plans are still developing and are therefore liable to change. Always check the website before you travel & plan more than one parking location and route.

Please ensure you have planned your journey from your chosen parking location to outside the Lee Valley Velodrome (the start) in advance to ensure that you can get there in plenty of time for your start.

3. Drop-Off & Cycle

There will not be an official drop-off location in place for the event.

Please ensure that the location you select is safe and you can pull off the road so you do not cause any delays or hold up the traffic behind you. Whilst there is no official drop-off location, somewhere you may want to consider within 5 miles of the event could include:

  • Leyton Mills Retail Park, Marshall Road (complex includes Asda, B&Q, Currys)

Postcode: E10 5NH

Note: parking here is limited to 3 hours. Location is approximately 10 min cycle to the start.

Route to the Start:

  • Start on Marshall Road
  • At mini-roundabout turn right onto Orient Way
  • At Traffic Lights turn right onto A106 (Ruckholt Road)
  • At Traffic Lights turn left onto Temple Mills Lane
  • Turn right onto Honour Lea Avenue
  • At T-Junction turn right onto Olympic Park Way
  • Arrive at VeloPark

Please ensure you have planned your journey from your chosen drop-off location to outside the Lee Valley Velodrome (the start) in advance to ensure that you can get there in plenty of time for your start time.

4. Stay Local & Cycle

If you live locally, or are staying at local accommodation before the event then you should plan to cycle to the start.

Please ensure you have planned your journey from your accommodation to outside the Lee Valley Velodrome (the start) in advance to ensure that you can get there in plenty of time for your start time.

Whichever option you choose, please make sure you plan your journey to the event start to ensure that you leave plenty of time to get there. If you miss your start time, you may not be able to take part in the sportive or may have to do a shorter course.

There is some leeway in the individual start times given, i.e. if you are doing the Medium route and are given a start time of 8:45 but you arrive at the start line at 8:55, don’t panic. However, if you arrive after 9am, which is when the last Medium wave sets off, you will have to do the Short route. These timing windows are detailed in the Event Guide.

Charity & Fundraising

Access SportOfficial Charity Partner Access Sport is a multi-award winning charity whose mission is to harness the unique power of sport to positively change the lives of under-represented and at-risk young people living in some of the most disadvantaged communities across London, Bristol, Manchester and Oxford.

To say a special thank you for your support, Access Sport have a number of fundraising incentives up for grabs…

  • accesssportleaderboardAnyone raising at least £50 by the end of September will be entered into a prize draw to win a 2015 yellow & white Tour de France jersey plus a free space in next year’s event.
  • Anyone raising £200 or more by 9am on Monday 19th September will receive a free Access Sport cycling jersey to wear on the day.
  • Anyone raising £500 or more by Friday 30th September will have the opportunity to win x2 tickets to the starstudded ‘A Question of Access Sport’ Annual Dinner on the 12th of October at The Brewery.
  • The highest fundraiser by the event date will win a framed 2016 Yellow Tour de France jersey, signed by and given in person to you by Chris Froome.

What Access Sport do…

Access Sport support local inspirational volunteers to help their clubs to grow, become sustainable and achieve social inclusion outcomes. As a result, Access Sport unlock the power of community sports clubs – breathing a fresh lease of life into existing community resources!

AccessSportBMXBringing the joy of cycling to the lives of disadvantaged young people…

Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Programme, 2015 winner of the BT Sport Community Programme of the Year Award is specifically leading the way in making youth cycling exciting and accessible for even the most hard to reach young people.

Building BMX tracks in the heart of disadvantaged communities across 16 London boroughs, and equipping local inspirational volunteers with the skills and qualifications to ensure the clubs are sustainable, Access Sport is addressing the rapid decline in youth cycling whilst also tackling social exclusion, inactivity, and under-representation, for example lower socio-economic groups, B&ME, females, and those with disabilities.


We encourage all participants to support the Official Partner Charity of the event, Access Sport, who transform young lives through the power of sport.

This Girl Can BMXBy using cycling and a wide variety of other sports as a hook, Access Sport are making great strides forward in improving young people’s health, wellbeing, and self-esteem; teaching young people the merits of team-working; motivating them, educating them, and making them more employable.

Furthermore, Access Sport is also one of the delivery partners working with the Lee Valley Velopark itself, engaging hundreds of local young people through BMX, so any money you raise really does help grass roots sport in the community.

There are three different ways you can show your support…

  1. Tick to fundraise for Access Sport when going through the online entry form to receive your fundraising pack and incentives
  2. Donate online during the online entry form

Set up a JustGiving page here

Just Giving

There is no obligation to fundraise if you want to take part in this event, but we would love you to raise as much money as possible to help the great work Access Sport do. No portion of the entry fee goes directly to the charity and the money received comes from fundraising undertaken by participants.

Access Sport is registered charity number 1156819