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2024 Etape

Does anybody have any advice on doing the etape, but on a budget?
The logistics and costs look horrific tbh.
TIA

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Flâneur | 1 month ago
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Looks like a difficult one logistically this year. Nice in the summer is not cheap.

I rode to the start in Albertville the year I did it, having got accom on the final climb. All downhill to the start. You could look at staying at a camping or somewhere midway between start and finish, somewhere like St Martin-du-Var. Flat ride to the start, then after the end, back down the Col de la Couillole, la Tinee and the Var to base.

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mark1a | 1 month ago
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Unfortunately, the logistics of this event (assuming you mean l'Ètape du Tour rather than Caledonia or Dales) are always going to be difficult due to the distance between the start & finish.

I'm going to wait until there's another edition that starts & finishes at the same place. I was booked to do the 2020 edition which would have been Nice-Nice. I had that on a fairly low cost budget, DIY rather than a tour operator. I had Eurotunnel return crossings booked, and a cheap campsite just 8km away at Cagnes-sur-Mer, so only travel cost to add to that would have been fuel & tolls. Of course it was postponed in 2020 to 2021, and then cancelled altogether. Thankfully fully refunded tunnel, camping and event entry  

I can't see a non-circular route being easy to arrange logistically, without trusting your bike to the bike transfer service or booking via a tour operator. 

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