DUE TO CONDITIONS CAUSED BY NEARBY WILD FIRES
2018 EDITION HOSTED BY FOLSOM NOW SET FOR OCTOBER 28
FOLSOM, Calif. (August 13, 2018) – The 2018 L’Etape California by Le Tour de France, a mass participation bike ride set to take place in Folsom on Sunday, September 2, has been postponed to Sunday, October 28th due to current air quality and other issues caused by the nearby wildfires it was announced by the event’s partners AEG and the Folsom Department of Parks and Recreation.
“It is a difficult time in California, and this was a difficult call to make, but the current air quality conditions would not allow us to host the quality event that we pride ourselves on. The City of Folsom appreciates AEG’s commitment to putting the health and safety of our participating cyclists and volunteers first, and we thank the riders’ understanding and support,” said Folsom Mayor Steve Miklos. “Holding L’Etape California in autumn will provide riders cooler temperatures and scenic views of the American River canyon and Sierra Nevada foothill fall colors. Our new date also provides visitors an opportunity to explore the region’s premier seasonal experiences, such as Apple Hill, and El Dorado and Amador County wineries during harvest season.”
Produced by AEG, owner/operators of the Amgen Tour of California with the support of A.S.O., owner and operator of the Tour de France, the annual L’Etape California by Le Tour de France is open to the public and road riders of all skill levels.
“With the overall event experience and the safety of our participants and fans being our top priority, we believe that postponing L’Etape California to October 28 was the best and most prudent path to take,” said Kristin Klein, President, Amgen Tour of California and Executive Vice President, AEG Sports. “We look forward to not only a great cycling event but the launch of the region’s recovery from these devastating fires.”
Riders who previously signed-up for the event’s original date will remain registered while space remains for new entries who can register for the Folsom-first weekend event which now begins on Saturday, October 27 – a day filled with French food, sights, appearances from cycling legends, and family cycling fun – followed by the L’Etape ride on Sunday, October 28.
L’Etape California by Le Tour de France is a ride designed to challenge cyclists on a course comparable to an Alps Mountain stage of the world’s most well-known cycling race. The second annual L’Etape California by Le Tour de France will take riders on a scenic hilly ride through the Sierra foothills in a region known for
warm summer weather and sunshine. New for 2018, two route distances will be offered: riders can experience the full ride through 90 miles 7,500 feet of climbing, or the short ride through 60 miles and 4,000 feet of climbing to navigate the scenic vistas of Folsom, an active community at the base of the Sierra Foothills which is well known for cycling and running.