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L'ETAPE is highly praised by cyclists all over the world for its well-known closed track settings and full restoration of the long-distance cycling challenges of the Tour de France. After 14 stages around the world, including the L’Etape Championship in France, the United Kingdom and the United States, the final stage of the 2019 season will be launched on December 14-15 at Fuxian Lake, Chengjiang, Yuxi, China. This is the first time that the brand of Tour de France has landed in southwestern China after Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha and Zhuji. It is also the last chance for cyclists in China to compete for the place of the 2020 L’Etape Championship.
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Chengjiang County, Yuxi City, located in the central part of Yunnan Province, it’s only 52 kilometers away from Kunming City, the capital of Yunnan Province. Chengjiang has unique advantages in natural resources, excellent ecological environment, profound historical and cultural heritage and rich tourism resources. It has three well-known tas of "Deep Blue Lake Area of the World, Origin of Earth Life and Imprint of Ancient Yunnan Dian Culture", and has been selected as the top ten destinations by CNN of the United States. Fuxian Lake is known as the "Plateau Maldives" because of its crystal water. With its unique climate and natural landscape, it has won the favor of many outdoor sports enthusiasts at home and abroad, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Unlike the concept of "cycling lifestyle" advocated by the L’Etape Zhuji held in May this year, L’Etape Chengjiang, with the help of the undulating plateau terrain, has become the most challenging stage in the L’Etape China Series so far. Adhering to creating the most authentic road bicycle racing atmosphere and creating the most professional global brand racing events, L’Etape Chengjiang provides more refined racing services for cyclists and fans with different needs and a better racing experience. Through the professional design of Tour de France experts, L’Etape Chengjiang strive to build the closed "most difficult track": the 115 km plateau lake track which is full of challenges, spanning from the lowest elevation of 1416 meters to the highest elevation of 2123 meters, and the total elevation climbing of more than 2200 meters, with a total length of 27.9 kilometers. Cyclists need to overcome altitude response, combat climate change and complete a practice of "carrying the soul by bicycle". Only the real strong can overcome themselves and complete the challenge.
The early bird registration will be officially launched on September 17. There are two groups: the 115 km the Race (registration limit: 1500 people) and the 29 km the Ride (registration limit: 500 people). The early bird registration fees are 318 yuan and 80 yuan respectively.
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In addition to reflecting the passion of cycling competition, in order to lead the riders to experience a mysterious journey, the race track is different from the routine round-the-lake cycling route. Combining with the characteristics of Plateau and mountain areas, the race panorama integrates the cultural and historical features of Chengjiang River and the natural scenery of lakes, showing the beautiful scenery of Fuxian Lake in an all-round way. The starting point is Zhuyuan Road, Renmin West Road, Chengjiang County. It passes through Xianhu Road, Chengchuan Line, Chenghua Line, Xincun Road, Haikou Town and Dianhai Line, and finally returns to Chengjiang City. Riders enter the Fuxian Lake Scenic Area and pass the Moon Bay Wetland Park, which resembles the "Maldives" coconut tree shadow beach, to the Yuxi Xianhu Time Trail, the quiet Haikou Xianhu Bay Scenic Area and the Cherry Valley of the underwater ancient city's secret place, which is the most beautiful trail to ride. At 2 certified secondary slopes of the Tour de France, riders will feel the rigorous challenge after muscle stiffness, experience the double test of technology and psychology, and ride with the Tour de France champion to challenge the limit. More noteworthy is that the top 10% of the L’Etape Chengjiang will win the chance to qualify for the L’Etape Championship, which is also the only channel for domestic riders to the L’Etape Championship.
Riding through the second certificated slope
THE FINAL STAGE OF 2019 HELPS FUXIAN LAKE TO BUILD OUTDOOR SPORTS DESTINATION
2019 L’Etape Chengjiang is supervised by Sports Bureau of Yunnan Province、Yuxi Bureau of Education and Sports, hosted by Government of Chengjiang County, Shanghai Activation Sports Group, Yunnan Zhijing Sports Corporation and Chengjiang Shanshui Tourism Development Co.,Ltd, and supported by Amaury Sport Organization（A.S.O.）. Chengjiang County has a profound cycling culture. Over the years, the people's government of Chengjiang County has actively responded to the national sports development policy, earnestly implemented the Yunnan Province's "Opinions on the Implementation of Accelerating the Development of Sports Competition Performance Industry", issued the Chengjiang County Sports Industry Development Plan (2018-2025), and vigorously created the ecology of Sports. + Tourism + Competition. In addition to making Fuxian Lake the preferred place for cyclists, the L’Etape Chengjiang will focus on the orientation of the green development of Fuxian Lake's sports ecology and further deepen the resource-based industrial integration of "sports + tourism" in Fuxian Lake. Focusing on the positioning goal of building an international tourist city, an international health city and an international conference center city, with the natural advantages of Fuxian Lake, the landing of L’Etape Chengjiang will surely help to further promote Yunnan's tourism development, enhance the international influence of Fuxian Lake in Chengjiang, and make Fuxian Lake a new destination to attract the attention of riders all over the country, and eventually present the Fuxian Lake Tourist Resort in Yuxi, Yunnan Province, to the world.
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