FAQ
How to register ?

To get your race number for L’Etape Grand Départ, go to www.asochallenges.com.

Where and when do I collect my race number ?

You can pick up your race number at the Village at Place Valnoble in Carentan. Race numbers can be picked up on Saturday 25th June 2016 from 2pm to 8pm and on Sunday 26th June 2016 from 9am to 12 noon (for the 80-km and 44-km routes).

For the 189-km route, it is possible to register for the option enabling you to pick up your number at the start site at the Anse de Moidrey (Pontorson) race track on Sunday 26th June 2016.

What documents do I need to collect my race number ?

In order to pick up your race number, you must present confirmation of your registration and a proof of identity.
For participants under the age of 18, you must also present a parental consent form (available on the race website).

Can I leave a bag at the start and pick it up at the finish ?

Left luggage facilities are available at all three starting areas, and you can pick up your bags at the finish site in Carentan.
You will be able to leave your bag in a dedicated tent. Your race number will be written on a label supplied with the number, and attached to your bag. At the finish, just show your race number to reclaim your bag at the same place as you left it.

Where is the shuttle departure ?

Shuttle leaves from Voie de la Liberté (near the train station) in Carentan.

Shuttle schedule

Carentan – Mont Saint Michel

  • 4.30 am
  • 2.15 pm
  • 7.15 pm

Carentan – Lessay

  • 9.15 am
  • 11.15 am
  • 2.15 pm
  • 4.15 pm
  • 6.15 pm

Carentan – Montebourg

  • 10.45 am
  • 12.15 pm
  • 2.15 pm
  • 4.15 pm
  • 6.15 pm

Registration required on A.S.O. Challenges.

What types of bikes are allowed on L’Etape Grand Départ ?

All types of bikes are allowed on L’Etape Grand Départ.

Is L’Etape Grand Départ a timed race ?

No, L’Etape Grand Départ is a randosportive, and it is not timed. There will be no published classification.

Will roads be closed to traffic during the race ?

The race will take place on roads open to traffic. Therefore, you must respect the “Code de la Route” (French Highway Code). Signallers will be present along the route to remind riders that respecting traffic regulations is essential to the smooth running of the race.

What is a time schedule ?

The time schedule allows the time when participants will cycle past different areas and will finish to be forecasted. A deadline to reach the finish line on Place Valnoble will be established and announced on this website.

What happens if a rider withdraws ?

If you are unable to continue riding the route (due to bike breakdown), an emergency number will be available so that you can alert the race authorities. You will be picked up and taken to the finish line.

Are helmets mandatory ?

Rigid helmets must be worn. The wearing of helmets (with chin strap fastened) is mandatory at all times on the route. Any rider not wearing a helmet will be excluded from the event (race number cancelled and frame plate removed).

How will L’Etape Grand Départ start ?

The start of the 189-km route will take place at the Anse de Moidrey race track at Pontorson, between 7am and 9am on Sunday 26th June 2016, with waves every ten minutes.
The start of the medium route (80 km) will take place on Sunday 26th June 2016 at the Champ de Foire in Lessay, between 11am and 1pm (no waves).
The start of the short route (44 km) will take place on Sunday 26th June 2016 at Place Albert Pèlerin in Montebourg, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm (no waves).

Are there feeding stations on the route ?

Feeding stations will be set up at established points along the route. Feeding stations will be set up at established points along the route.

Where can I find technical assistance for my bike ?

Technical assistance will be available at the start village for last minute adjustments to your bike. There will also be an assistance service on the route. Specific mechanical assistance points will be indicated on the race website.

Are there rules I need to follow on the roads ?

The roads will be open to traffic so you must respect the “Code de la Route” (French Highway Code).

What should I do with my litter during the race ?

Along the route, you will see refuse collection zones consisting of large nets stretched out on the roadside. You should keep your rubbish (wrappers etc.) on you and throw it in the containers at the refreshment areas.

Where can I see my personal photos and videos ?

Your personal photos and videos will be available several days after the race on the ASO Challenges website.

Is there a closed area in the Village to store my bike ?

There will be a closed area for bike parking in the Welcome Village. It will be open at the same times as the Village (Saturday 25th June from 2pm to 8pm and Sunday 26th June from 9am to 8pm).

Will there be a pasta party ?

Full refreshments will be available at the finish line. A pasta party is also being organised by the town of Carentan (reservations necessary).