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San Antonio is U.S. site for 2022 L'Etape

12 Oct 2021

Pick your distance: 25 miles (40 km), 60 miles (90 km), or 100 miles (160 km) for a le Tour de France-sanctioned event called L'Étape du Tour set for 10 April 2022. The well-noted organization holds these events in 18 countries. San Antonio is the U.S. site for 2022. The other countries on tap to host this event are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, and U.K.

Their official website for the U.S. event is Officials from San Antonio Sports, the city’s non-profit sports commission, announced that the courses for L’Étape begin at UTSA and run onto partially closed roads through the Texas Hill Country. The 100-mile (160-km) route is to run through Bandera and simulate a Tour de France hilly stage.

100-mile (160-km) route map of 2022 L Etape
100-mile (160-km) route map of 2022 L'Etape

Registration had been opened at!/events/letape-by-tour-de-france-san-antonio-texas. The fees are as follows:

Race 1 Aug—1 Dec 2 Dec—5 Apr
100-mile (160-km) 189.05 199.00
60-mile (90-km) 170.05 179.00
25-mile (40-km) 141.55 149.00

The event is a part of the Fiesta FitFest, sponsored by the grocery chain HEB, and is an official Fiesta event. San Antonio Sports is joined by Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Judge Nelson Wolff, Michael Brown of MB Events, and members of the Fiesta Commission. "Fiesta FitFest is the result of stars aligning after we secured L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France,” said Russ Bookbinder, president & CEO of San Antonio Sports. “We expanded our Alpha Warrior Fiesta Fitness Challenge to include a 5K & 10K, an expo, and this world-class cycling experience to create what we know will be a long-term Fiesta event focused on fitness and fun.”

There are other events that lead up to the main one on 10 April. Fiesta FitFest kicks off on Fiesta Friday, 8 April 2022 with the L’Étape San Antonio XPEL Criterium and Alpha Warrior Fitness Challenge. The criterium is a short, fast-paced, timed circuit race and will feature hundreds of cyclists racing at top speeds in a loop around the athletes’ village. On 9 April, the stage is set for Fiesta FitFest 5K & 10K.

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