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Nov 1, 2002 6:33 AM
Hi philippec:

My wife and I are planning a trip back to the Pays Basque this summer and I want to ride l'etape du tour. Should be a great ride!

My question is how best to register for l'etape. I know it fills up very quickly and am afraid that being here in the US may be a serious disadvantage. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Feel free to email me directly at


I'm not Philippe, but I have infoms
Nov 1, 2002 7:09 AM
I did the Etape du Tour last year and plan to do it again in 2003. The application for the Etape will not available until January 29, 2003. You should be able to find the application on the official web site ( or on the unofficial English web site ( Once you have the application you will need the signature of your physician on the application and a check or money order in Euros (no credit card payment option). I would suggest that you speak to your physician in advance of January 29 and get a check or money order from your bank as soon as you know the amount of the registration fee. Last year, I sent my application on Friday, February 8 via Federal Express for delivery on Monday, February 11. I was given jersey number 6006 (out of 7500). If I had sent the application by regular mail (which takes about a week to ten days) my application probably would not have arrived before all of the jersey numbers were assigned. The bank fee for an expedited check in Euros and the Federal Express fees were greater than the registration fee (last year -- 46 Euros). But, time is of the essence. In response to a recent inquiry on the official web site, "L'Organisation" made it very clear that spaces will not be held for foreign riders who may need more time for their applications to reach France.
Isn't this year'steoteoteo
Nov 1, 2002 2:14 PM
The matching stage 15 route..Pau to Bayonne? Anyway will be working in France but can't do e'tape--but I want to. Saw some poor tore up souls in Lourdes after the 2001 edition.

If anyone is interested I will be offering self-guided trip info for can do it all on your own or I will have a travel agency that works with cyclists doing some discount airfares, hotels, if you want a full service.
I'll be e-mailing you... (nm)philippec
Nov 1, 2002 2:36 PM