Sports

Distances & Prices

  • The Long Route 117 miles / 185km (approx. 1161m of climbing) £49
  • The Medium Route 92 miles / 146km (approx. 933m of climbing) £47
  • The Short Route 42 miles / 74km (approx. 508m of climbing) £41

* Distances are approximate and routes are subject to change

Entering in a group of 10 or more? You could save up to 25% – click here for more information.

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.

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

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

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

EVENT INCLUDES

  • 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

Timings

Please note that these are the 2015 times and are a provisional guide ONLY – they are subject to change for the 2016 event.

  • Long Route: between 7:30am and 8:40am
  • Medium Route: 8:45am to 9:10am
  • Short Route: 9:20am to 9:30am

(Individual start times will be sent out to you via email on the Wednesday preceding the event)

Age Requirements

Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2015.

Maps

Map Downloads

GPX TCX KML
The Short Route Download Download Download
The Medium Route Download Download Download
The Long Route Download Download Download

Results

The Long Route 117 miles / 185km
The Medium Route 92 miles / 146km (approx. 933m of climbing)
The Short Route 42 miles / 74km (approx. 508m of climbing)

These results are Provisional, please contact the Results Crew with any queries. Queries are compiled and will appear in the final update approximately a week after the event.

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.

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. Please also take 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 that 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 (it forms part of the event village) – so please do not attempt to drive down Olympic Park Avenue to use it.

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

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 / starting at their usual time for a Sunday – however please do ensure that you check the TFL website for any weekend engineering works that may disrupt your intended journey / mode of transport.

NOTE: Normal restrictions apply to the carriage of bicycles on public transport in London – please check the TFL website for details on what lines / modes of transport will accept bikes.

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. Click here for more information on this.

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

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

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 / payments will apply:

Stratford International Station
NOTE THIS LOCATION HAS A HEIGHT RESTRICTION OF 2.5M
Stratford International Station provides all-day parking for £6 and is available to book in advance (which we strongly recommend). Click here to book.
Postcode: E20 1YY

Here East Multistorey Car Park
NOTE THIS LOCATION HAS A HEIGHT RESTRICTION OF 2.4M
This car park has 250 spaces. It is located on ‘East Way’ and is part of the Queen Olympic Park site. Access to East Way is via the A12. It is £8.00 for 5-8hours.
PLEASE NOTE: The site has a £35.00 charge for un-validated tickets. Users will need to present their parking ticket to reception in the Velopark to get it validated or risk being charged.

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 drives / 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 so please plan a couple of options for where you could park well in advance, just in case your first choice is not available. No one wants to be rushed / stressed on event morning!

Please ensure you have planned your journey from your chosen parking location car park 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 / hold up the traffic behind you. Whilst there is no official drop-off location, a drop-off point 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:

  1. Start on Marshall Road
  2. At mini-roundabout turn right onto Orient Way
  3. At Traffic Lights turn right onto A106 (Ruckholt Road)
  4. At Traffic Lights turn left onto Temple Mills Lane
  5. Turn right onto Honour Lea Avenue
  6. At T-Junction turn right onto Olympic Park Avenue

Please ensure you have planned your journey from your chosen drop-off location car park 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 take, please make sure you plan your journey to the event start to ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time. If you miss your start time, you may not be able to take part in the sportive or you may have to do a shorter course.

 

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.

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.

Fundraising:

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