If you’re still thinking about what cycling challenge you want to take on in 2018, the Etape du Tour could be the marquee event you’ve been looking for. This year, on Sunday July 8, the race takes in new climbs alongside the old, on a challenging course that should guarantee riding as difficult as it is unique.
Moreover, the Etape will start from Annecy this year, within easy reach of Geneva airport. It’s a host town last visited for the Etape in the 2013 when the sportive finished atop of the climb of Semnoz, and is noted for its lakeside beauty nestled in the foothills of the Alps.
Individual entries are now closed, but there are still spots available if you book with Sports Tours International. Here are six reasons why you should.