The spirit of Tour de France is coming to America next May.
L’Étape Las Vegas by Tour de France, an amateur mass participation cycling event by Tour de France, is coming to Las Vegas on May 13–14, 2023.
The new event was announced at the Las Vegas Ballpark — the starting location of the race — by L’Étape by Tour de France, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition, Clark County and Las Vegas Ballpark representatives. The Las Vegas Ballpark hosted a Tour de France night to celebrate the announcement of the event.
“We are thrilled to bring L’Étape by Tour de France to Las Vegas,” said Michael Brown, L’Étape Las Vegas race director. “When trying to find a home for L’Étape by Tour de France in the United States, we couldn’t think of a better fit than Las Vegas. This city is about new experiences and adventures, and L’Étape Las Vegas is exactly that — bringing a unique, challenging, Tour de France quality event to the beautiful Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon roads. We’re bringing the legendary Tour de France name to one of the most legendary cities in the world.”
L’Étape Las Vegas by Tour de France offers a distance for all cycling abilities. Riders can choose between the 75-mile, 50-mile or 25-mile competitive distances. Riders will compete for authentic Tour de France jerseys, including the famed yellow jersey, for the overall male and female winners; the green jersey for the sprint-section winners and the Polka-Dot Jersey for the King/Queen of the Mountain section winners.
All routes will depart from the Las Vegas Ballpark and head west into Red Rock Canyon, with elevation of more than 6,000 feet for riders opting for the 75-mile distance. Courses have been designed by Tour de France experts and course maps are available at www.lasvegas.letapebytourdefrance.com. There will also be a Family Ride (10 miles) and Kids Race.
The weekend-long event will include a fan fest at the Las Vegas Ballpark, patterned after the iconic Tour de France Village Départ. A Tour de France champion (who will be announced later this year) will also attend the event, ride the course with participants and share their Tour de France experiences at a ticketed Champions Dinner.