You can get your climbing legs ready for L’Etape in the comfort of your shed this winter

If you’re planning to sign up for L’Etape du Tour next year, you’ll need to be in peak form: the 135km route from Albertville to Val Thorens takes in over 4500m of climbing.

Fortunately, Zwift can help you out, as it’s just announced that it will be delivering the official training plans for the event on its platform. As part of this, the first 30,000 riders to enrol will be able to join the L’Etape du Tour Training Club.

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“We, at Zwift, are really excited to be able to support entrants in their training. Zwift is a fantastically convenient way to train, making it possible to ride more often than ever before. We want to deliver entrants to that start line in the best shape, so they can enjoy the experience as much as possible,” says Eric Min, head of Zwift.


Zwift says that members of the club will be able to track their progress and unlock in-game items as they progress. They’ll also be able to take part in group structured workouts, where Zwift keeps all riders in a group regardless of their power output, so no-one is dropped.

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In addition, Zwift will host Ride to Win events, with winners getting entries to L’Etape. And if you can’t get the actual L’Etape in July, there will be longer L’Etape du Tour rides on Zwift.