The 2014 L'Etape Ride is in the Books.
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Ventura County Star "Cyclists ride in course replicating final AMGEN Tour stage," April 6, 2014
2014 Weekend Schedule
- Packet pick-up will be in full swing from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Hyatt, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., in Westlake Village in the Del Sol Banquet Room. You must attend a course safety talk before receiving your packet. These are brief and occur every 30 minutes.
- Packet pickup will open at 5 AM with course safety talks every half hour.
- Ride starts at 7 AM.
The Day Before the Event
- Make sure you pick up your race packet at the Hyatt in Westlake Village in the Del Sol Banquet room between 11 AM to 4 PM. You can also pick up your packet on Sunday morning ... No.2 below applies both days.
- You must attend a course safety talk before you can pick up your packet. Safety talks will be available continuously Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning starting at 5 AM. These talks will explain the rules of the road.
- If you decide you want the post-race meal, and did not purchase it on-line, no problem. You can purchase it on Saturday when you pick up your packet. The meal is spaghetti, marinara sauce, salad, garlic roll. No Sunday purchase.
- SRAM will on site Saturday and Sunday for last minute bike tune-ups and adjustments.
The Day of the Event
- Eat a breakfast that's not too bulky. A bagel, toast or pancakes are good choices. Allow at least two hours for digestion.
- If you choose not to eat breakfast, pre-load with energy gels at specific intervals - one packet an hour and a half before start time, again at 45 minutes prior, and a third right before the ride begins.
- Watch your caffeine intake. Coffee and tea are diuretics and will increase pit stops during the ride.
- Follow your established routine with gels and an electrolyte drink, making slight alterations depending on how you feel.
- Stay hydrated - consume at least one liter of water or electrolyte drink every hour, especially during hot weather.
- Replenish complex carbohydrates and amino acids by consuming one energy gel pack every 35 - 40 minutes of the race.
- Avoid food high in dietary fat, fiber, and protein, if you choose to eat solid food during the race.
- Be on time. Ride starts at 7 AM.
- Obey the rules of the road. Ride single file.
Host Hotel -- Hyatt Westlake Plaza
The host hotel will be the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. in Westlake Village. It will also be the site of the L'Etape Packet Pickup. If you want a Saturday night reservation, please call them at 1.805.557.1234.
Day of Event Parking
There will free day-of-event parking at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza on the day of event. There is also free overflow parking in the business park across the street.
Bike Valet & Personal Items
There will be a bike valet at the Start/Finish Expo. You MUST have your bib number to park and to claim your bike. Security will be checking bib numbers to ensure it matches the bike you are claiming.
Personal items should be locked in the trunck of your car. Parking is close and convenient, so this should not be a problem.
Porta-potties: There are three sets of porta-potties. One set at the start/finish and one at each of the aid station.
Aid Stations: There is an aid station at Cornell and Cornell, and at the top of the climb on Mulholland just past Kanan Road. They will have water, Herbalife H³0®, Clif products and fruit available for riders.
SRAM pro Neutral Support techs will be available before the ride and on the course.
King/Queen of the Mountain
This is the only timed portion of the ride. The K/QOM competition is the fastest combined time of the four ascents of the Rock Store.
Awards will be given for the top female and top male in each age group (20 and under, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61 and up) as well as awards for top 3 overall male and female.
48 hours after the end of the ride, your personal race pictures will be available on http://www.finisherpix.com.
Help FinisherPix take the best photos of you by:
- Paying attention where the photographers are on the course and smiling as you go by ... even if it hurts. :)
- Make sure your number is visible at all times so you can be identified.
- Smile and celebrate when you cross the finish line. This is the "money" shot ... make it a great one.
- Four loop course. Each loop is approximately 20 miles. You can ride them all or you are welcome to do just one, two or three.
- The same 80-mile course that the pros will ride in the final stage of the AMGEN Tour of California on May 18.
- Starts and finishes in Thousand Oaks.
- Includes the Rock Store climb.
- Elevation gain and drop of 8,800 ft.(image to the right is a course shot taken during the 2010 AMGEN Tour).
- This is a ride, not a race, and rules of the road will apply. You will be fully supported on the ride by the SRAM pro Neutral Support techs, and fully stocked aid stations including Clif Bar products and Herbalife24 Hydrate fluid replacement.
- Maps, elevation and course log can be found on the L'Etape website.
Short Sleeve, Custom Champion System L'Etape Jerseys Now Available!
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