Take On The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Challenge

The first edition of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Challenge will be held on Sunday 18th August on the road to Alpe d’Huez where the Yellow Jersey of the women’s professional race will be decided just a few hours later.

Opening the road to cycling fans a few days before the champions has been the tried and tested formula since 1993 for tens of thousands of cyclists on L’Etape du Tour de France. This year, the principle has been adapted with the creation of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Challenge, which invites amateur cyclists to raise the curtain on the last climb on the women’s race programme. The village of Bourg d’Oisans will host the start for all amateur riders who wish to tackle the 21 switchback turns on the famous Alpe d’Huez route. The Isère resort will greet the final confrontation among the favourites for the Yellow Jersey.

The professional peloton will set off from Le Grand Bornand, while the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Challenge participants will start from Bourg d’Oisans, heading for the 14-kilometre climb and 1,120 metres of ascent. The challenge is open to cyclists of all abilities, whether on an electric bike, tandem, or mountain bike. Once at the summit, participants will once again become spectators, to enjoy the champions’ arrival in well-earned privileged conditions.

The amateur challengers will have a unique opportunity to test themselves on the climb that has seen Tom Pidcock, Thibaut Pinot, Pierre Rolland and, earlier in cycling history, Lucho Herrera, Joop Zoetemelk and Fausto Coppi both suffer and triumph. The challenge will unfold on a closed course, but also in the presence of the many spectators who will already be in place, and on a completely private stretch of two kilometres to the finish arch that will be the ultimate goal, just as it will be for the champions. A Dutchwoman or not in the lead at the top of the Dutch mountain? The amateur climbers will be able to witness what unfolds from the best vantage point to take in the final finish. This will be a spectacle well worth a bike climb!

Useful Information

  • Registration opens on 22 May: €45 (for the first 1,000 race numbers) / €49 for last-minute entries.
  •  Open starts from 12:30 to 2:30 pm from Le Bourg d’Oisans (deadline for arrival at 4:30 pm).
  • All participants will receive an exclusive Santini jersey.
  • The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Challenge supports the Alpe d’HuZes movement to raise funding against cancer.

Learn more about the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Challenge here.

Sign up to the challenge at timeto.com.

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