Etape du Tour 2013

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby freddydingo » Wed Nov 28, 2012 15:01 pm

Hi guys,

I have signed up to my first etape today and am consequently very excited and a bit terrified!

I just wondered what the arrangements are nearer the time for organising the same start time as friends? We all put ourselves in the beginner category, so will be amongst the last out, but do you need to do anything else to get placed together?

thanks.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby willy b » Wed Nov 28, 2012 15:30 pm

Basically in June you'll be given a number. Assuming you all didn't tell them about any races or results you had you shoudl all be in the same group. Each pen is split into race numbers, what number these go from will depend on overall entry figures.

Assume you're all in the same pen then it's upto you when you go.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby bernithebiker » Wed Nov 28, 2012 15:43 pm

I think your start number is a bit of a lottery.

My 1st Etape was last year, (Act 2, Pyrenees), and I gave them no info as had never done one or similar before.

And yet I started in the 2nd pen, with less than 500 in front of me, 5000 or more behind me. Fortunately I finished (lots didn't, very wet and cold), and came 408th, so hopefully justified my start place!*

I was staying in a B&B with 6 others, all mates, all similar abilities, and they were spread all over the place.

So don't assume you'll be together at the start. If you want to ride together, the lower number riders will just have to ride gently until the others catch up. Not too hard to do, as there was only about 5 minutes between pens, and I believe everyone was off within 40 minutes, (1st guy to last guy).

*had my brakes worked in the wet (carbon rim tubulars), I like to think I'd have been better than 400!
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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby freddydingo » Wed Nov 28, 2012 16:11 pm

Thanks for the replies.

And Berni, I saw some footage from last year in the Pyrenees - looked pretty rough out there. Congratulations.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby dandrew » Wed Nov 28, 2012 21:05 pm

kerry-man wrote:I got straight through to payments and got a confirmation screen message with transaction details etc but nothing showing in my email or account yet, Ive just realised that i put my first name and last name in the wrong boxes, will this affect my transaction?


I doubt it. Have you done a search on the riders list on the Etape site. I did and found that my first name is registered as my surname.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby I am the god of hell fire » Wed Nov 28, 2012 21:47 pm

hmmmm

just registered after having to log off and do some work during my earlier attempt this morning :lol:

To be honest I was pessimistic of getting a place at 930PM with only 1 etape in 2013 and my experience of last years Marmotte selling out in 2-3h but Im in!

see you there

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby RobertCollins » Thu Nov 29, 2012 14:52 pm

Gents, I'm looking to fill out the application for the etape, but there doesn't seem to be an option for a British/United Kingdom nationality when filling out the ASO form? Just wondered if I am alone in seeing this problem. I did act 1 this year and quite fancy going again..assuming I can get this application filled out before the places all go.

Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom on this.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby bernithebiker » Thu Nov 29, 2012 15:30 pm

Try Royaume Uni, or Great Britain. Annoying I know as it's not your nationality it's your country, but hey, don't fight the system....!
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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby willy b » Thu Nov 29, 2012 16:09 pm

Haha glad to see I wasn't the only one! I gave up and just picked a random nationality!

Although I have changed it now...

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby RobertCollins » Thu Nov 29, 2012 16:14 pm

Blinking brilliant, thanks a million, I was looking for Grand Bretagne or anything around the 'U' section but did not catch that. Thanks again!

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby JS14 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 09:14 am

Looking yesterday, there were 8000 people signed up for the Etape on the EdT website. I am guessing the tour operators' quota of places is not included as they won't yet have given their customers' details to ASO. Depending how many places are reserved for the operators, the Etape is probably close to a sell out.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby bernithebiker » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:40 am

In that case, there will be close to 10 000 riders on the day. I just hope they manage the congestion hot spots well because I do not want to have to walk up the hills in a crowd!
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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby PoweredByIdris » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:10 am

The climb up the Cote du Puget begins quite quickly after the start on a road that narrows quite a lot, so expect some clip-clopping there

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby JS14 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:31 pm

bernithebiker wrote:Try Royaume Uni, or Great Britain. Annoying I know as it's not your nationality it's your country, but hey, don't fight the system....!
For the main English speaking countries it's: Royaume-Uni = United Kingdom; Irlande = Ireland; Etats-Unis = United States (near the bottom of the scroll list!); Afrique du Sud = South Africa; Australie = Australia; Nouvelle-Zélande = New Zealand; Canada = Canada (but you worked that one out). Strangely enough, Christmas Island is Ile Christmas and not Ile Noël, which also made me wonder if you get special treatment if you're the only cyclist from your country competing.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby Gussio » Fri Nov 30, 2012 13:11 pm

willy b wrote:Haha glad to see I wasn't the only one! I gave up and just picked a random nationality!

Although I have changed it now...


I'll be racing under the British Virgin Islands flag thanks to my poor French :lol:

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby davidof » Fri Nov 30, 2012 19:14 pm

If they sell out you can enter the Cimes du Lac on the 29 September which follows pretty much the same route but in the other direction.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby Boleynboy » Fri Nov 30, 2012 22:16 pm

Gussio wrote:
willy b wrote:Haha glad to see I wasn't the only one! I gave up and just picked a random nationality!

Although I have changed it now...


I'll be racing under the British Virgin Islands flag thanks to my poor French :lol:


I picked Jersey, done my head in for 15 minutes and then gave up looking for UK,Great Britain etc! My French is obviously worse than I thought!
For the sake of 20 euros and a lot more stress i entered after 6pm and was all sorted in 5 minutes, happy days.
Will be a great day, my third in a row, and obviously 8000 others agree, which undermines all the moaners on here who predicted a low turn out for the event.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby JS14 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 00:12 am

JS14 wrote:Looking yesterday, there were 8000 people signed up for the Etape on the EdT website.
And as of late on Friday night it's reached 8313.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby bernithebiker » Sat Dec 01, 2012 09:48 am

I know one of the French tour operators, and if they buy the entries, it's something like 140 Euros. Noone has any idea why. So if you want to go with them, they advise you to do the entry yourself and save the money.
They will do it for you if you want, but they'll just add it to your bill.
They do at least have guaranteed places, so could be good for a last minute thing.
So perhaps not so many extra places via the operators, maybe another 1000 or so.
Whatever, it's gonna be pretty busy out there, best hope you get a lowish start number!
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Re: Etape du Tour 2013

Postby SaddleBags » Sat Dec 01, 2012 13:55 pm

It sounds like lots of people have managed to successfully register online directly, but have they now filled up already and removed the Registration form/link ...or am I missing something?!

I looked earlier this week and the "Registrations" page announced "Registration will open on the 28th of November".

However, when I tried to register last night, there was no way of entering directly. It still says "Registration will open on the 28th of November" and just lists a load of tour operators for international entries, but no sign of any entry form, or link to an entry form.

I've also tried the French version, cleared my browser's cache and even tried a different browser in case it was loading an old web page. :?

Quelle est going on mon amis?!


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