Even though the start of the Tour de France is still a few weeks away, amateur cyclists will have the chance to get a taste of its atmosphere much earlier.
The third edition of the L’Etape Czech Republic race is taking place this Saturday, and once again, it is attracting thousands of enthusiastic participants.
The long (142 km) and medium (103 km) routes have been sold out for quite some time. The interest was so high that the organizers even increased the original limits to accommodate five hundred and fifteen hundred participants, respectively.
Registration is now only open for the shortest option, a 65-kilometer route. Online registration is available until Thursday, and on-site registration will be possible on Friday.
Roads are closed throughout the entire length of the routes. The iconic starting and finishing point at Strahov, which hosted the 1981 World Championships, and a scenic passage through the charming regions of Křivoklát and Beroun.
While the race itself is scheduled for Saturday, the festivities will commence in the village of Strahov on Friday from three o’clock.
Participants will have the chance to encounter some renowned athletes at Strahov or along the course. Notable figures such as road cyclists Zdeněk Štybar and Ján Svorada, speed skater Martina Sáblíková, track cyclist Tomáš Bábek, and football goalkeeper Petr Čech will be in attendance.
Following the race conclusion, the festivities will continue in the village at Strahov, where the winners will be honored in an award ceremony.
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