On July 29th and 30th, 2023, in the city of Velingrad, for the first time in Bulgaria, the cycling race L'Etap Bulgaria by Tour de France will be held. The competition is a mass amateur cycling race under the rules of the grand Tour de France, aimed at all those who love cycling. It is also for the big fans of the Tour de France, who every year join this experience and follow the best cyclists in the world.
The race program will begin on Saturday, July 29th, when warm-up events are scheduled with two non-competitive starts - Family and Children's Race. On July 30th, Sunday, L'Etape Bulgaria will offer to th participants two race routes of different length and difficulty. Cyclists from beginners to professionals will be able to choose between two routes of 57 km and 102 km.
Winners will be announced in 4 age categories in both distances for men and women. All routes will start from the center of the city of Velingrad and will continue in the Rhodopes on roads closed to vehicular traffic. The highest point that the cyclists will reach is 1,467 m above sea level, with the total elevation gain for the long distance being over 2,700 m.
L'Etap Bulgaria by Tour de France aims to:
– Promote cycling as an accessible and mass sport
- Promote Bulgaria as a place for tourism and a good opportunity for cycling
- Promote the city of Velingrad and the Rhodopes as a destination for tourism and a good place for cycling
- Promote the Tour de France brand outside the cycling community
- Deepening the connection between the Tour de France brand and its fans around the world, making it a cycling icon
The organizers of Etape BULGARIA are Sports Club "Sofia in Europe", "Sport skills", the municipality of Velingrad and several Bulgarian and international companies.
For L'Etape by Tour de France
L’Etape by Tour de France is the world leader in mass participation cycling events, with events running in 20 countries and 26 events in 2022. L’Étape by Tour de France offers amateur cyclists the ability to race or ride a stage of the Tour de France in their own backyard. The Tour de France is the most recognizable annual sporting event in the world and is cycling’s premium brand.