L'Etape Greece by Tour de France

Apr 06, 2024 — Apr 06, 2024 • Category: Events

The legendary Tour de France, the world’s greatest cycling event, has expanded to multiple international locations. It was first held in Greece, in the enchanting landscapes of Ancient Olympia, in 2023, just one year ago. This year, it is to take place in the Valley of the Gods for the second time on April 6th, 2024. Amateur riders from Greece and from all over the world will have the unique opportunity to experience the same challenge as the professional cyclists of the Tour de France, crossing the mountainous stages and enjoying an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and ancient history.

Participants can choose between two races of different distances and altitudes: the main Race, which covers a distance of 130 kilometers at 2,150 meters of elevation, and the Ride, which is 76 kilometers long and reaches an altitude of 1,400 meters. Both routes start and finish in Ancient Olympia, passing by ancient temples, Byzantine churches, picturesque villages surrounded by olive groves, and hills covered in wildflowers. Those who finish among the top 3 overall (male/female) of the Race will qualify and get free registration for L’Etape du Tour in France. At the same time, there is also a Fun Ride, which is 17 kilometers long and runs through flat ground. This is a non-competitive event open to people of all ages and skill levels, without timing.

If you haven’t explored the western Peloponnese and Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, this is a great chance to do so. Situated at the meeting point of the sacred rivers of Alfeios and Klados, Olympia used to be a renowned sanctuary dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods. Today, it is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the country, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Participants can explore the ancient stadium, the ruins of the temple of Zeus and the temple of Hera or visit the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games. There is also an Archaeological Museum, where they can marvel at such celebrated statues as Hermes of Praxiteles and Niki of Paionios. Visitors can also explore places of unspoilt natural beauty in the wider region, like the verdant Foloi oak forest, which was believed to be inhabited by Centaurs and nymphs, and the nearby waterfalls of Nemouta.