Rapha and l’Etape du Tour

Offering the unique opportunity to ride a stage of the world's most famous bike race, l'Etape du Tour returns in 2018 for another alpine adventure in the footsteps of the Tour de France.

As official clothing sponsor, Rapha has designed a limited edition collection to celebrate the ride and the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) will be on hand to support members riding the route through every turn of the pedals.

This year’s event plots a winding route through the mountains of the Haute-Savoie region, following the same profile as Stage 10 of the race.

Riders tackle four major climbs en route from the shores of Lake Annecy to the mountain village of Le Grand-Bornand.


L’Etape du Tour collection

Once a proudly independent mountain kingdom, Savoie is now more commonly known as the setting for many of the most memorable mountain duels in Tour de France history. The region’s distinctive flag, along with the route profile, provides the inspiration for Rapha’s l'Etape du Tour collection, which uses the best fabrics and technology from our main range to help you conquer the climbs.


The Rapha Cycling Club and l’Etape

With exclusive events before l’Etape and a full RCC team on hand to help you conquer the climbs on the big day, join the RCC to make the most of l’Etape du Tour.

Exclusive RCC benefits

Warm up rides

Spots in the early starting pens

A bag drop service

Pre and post-ride food

Bike parking


Bike checks and mechanical assistance from Mavic and Alltricks

Live screenings of the Tour de France

Race number pick up at the RCC Mobile Clubhouse


Before l’Etape

In the run up to the big day, the RCC will run a series of Etape training rides to help you prepare for the mountain climbs. Off the bike, there’ll be two special events to keep you inspired during your training, both taking place in Paris. For an insight into the organisation behind l’Etape, there’s an evening with the ASO and other Etape partners. RCC members will also have an exclusive sneak peek at Rapha's l' Etape du Tour collection ahead of its release.

At l’Etape

From Friday, 6th to Sunday, 8th July, a full RCC team will be on the ground to assist members taking on this year’s Etape du Tour. With the Mobile Clubhouse as your base for the weekend, we’ll be there to help you focus on the real legwork.

Weekend Programme

Friday 6th July

Welcome from the RCC support team

Open ride with coffee, all riders welcome

Race number pick up at the RCC Mobile Clubhouse


Morning training ride

Warm-up massage with a soigneur

Climbing workshop

Bag drop in the evening

SUNDAY 8th July

Bag drop before the race

Post-race massage

Cool drinks and buffet served from the Mobile Clubhouse at the finish


Keep up to date

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