Frequently asked question

The 2023 L’Étape Malaysia will feature 2 races: (1) in JOHOR, at the scenic Desaru Coast, and (2) in PAHANG (TBA), a challenging climb up the iconic Genting Highlands.

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RACE REGISTRATION

HOW DO I ENTER THE 2023 L’ÉTAPE MALAYSIA IN JOHOR?

Registration for the 2023 L’Étape Malaysia in Johor will be exclusively at our official ticketing platform CHECKPOINT SPOT (https://letape.checkpointspot.asia) from from 01 November 2022 until 8 Jun 2023.

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES FOR THE 2023 L’ÉTAPE MALAYSIA IN JOHOR?

The categories are as below:

THE RACE (140KM)
- Individual Men

- Individual Women
- Men's Team (5 men)
- Women's Team (5 women)

THE RIDE (60KM)
- Individual Men

- Individual Women
- Men's Team (5 men)
- Women's Team (5 women)


For team registration, you are permitted to have Malaysian and non-Malaysian members.

Only those who sign up for Wave 0 (Elite) in the 140km race are eligible for podium finish. This applies for the individual and team categories. Team results will be based on net time.

CAN I REGISTER AS A TEAM FOR THE 2023 L’ÉTAPE MALAYSIA IN JOHOR?

Absolutely. We have a team category at the 2023 L’Étape Malaysia in Johor. Teams are made up of 5 riders only. The cumulative time of the first three riders will be the competitive measure of the team times. All members of the team must be registered for the same course.

Prizes will only be given out to winners of the team categories if each category has a minimum of 3 registered teams participating.

Please note that all team names are subject to approval.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?

While there is no cap on age limit to participate in the event, participants need to be at least 16 years old in 2023 to qualify for registration. Parental or guardian’s consent is required for participants below the age of 18 years old.

WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS?

The registration fee for the 2023 L’Étape Malaysia in Johor are as follows:

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

DISTANCE

CATEGORY

REGISTRATION FEE

TIER

REMARKS

LOCAL

FOREIGNER

140km

Elite

RM400

RM480

Only 250  slots

Winners will be decided from the Elite Group in Wave 0

Non-Competitive

RM280

RM350

First 300 slots only

Riders are allowed to join any waves they wish

RM320

RM390

Next 700 slots

RM360

RM430

Remaining slots

60km

Non-Competitive

RM190

RM230

First 300 slots only

Riders are allowed to join any waves they wish

RM210

RM250

Next 700 slots

RM240

RM280

Remaining slots

TEAM CATEGORIES

DISTANCE

CATEGORY

REGISTRATION FEE /PAX

TIER

REMARKS

LOCAL

FOREIGNER

140km

Elite

RM380

RM450*

Only teams in the Elite category will qualify for podium finish.  Non-competitive riders are allowed to join any waves (non-elite) they wish to                                                  Winners of the team category will be determined based on best net time of 3 members from each team

Non-Competitive

RM266

RM336*

First 5 team slots

RM304

RM374*

Next 10 team slots

RM342

RM412*

Remaining team slots

60km

Non-Competitive

RM181

RM221*

First 5 team slots

No podium finish

Riders are allowed to join any waves they wish

RM200

RM240*

Next 10 team slots

RM228

RM268*

Remaining team slots

*Team members pay the difference upon registration completion.

HOW DO I REGISTER MY TEAM FOR THE 2023 L’ÉTAPE MALAYSIA IN JOHOR?

During your registration process, you will be asked if you are registering as an individual or team. If you are registering as a team, the team captain should register the name and members of their team. An email would then be sent to their team members, for them to complete their registrations.

IS THERE A LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS?

We are capping participation to 6,000 riders for the 2023 L’Étape Malaysia in Johor.  

60% of allocation will be dedicated to the 140km distance.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ENTRY FEE?

Upon registration, riders will be entitled to the following :

1. Official 2023 L’Étape Malaysia in Johor Race Jersey ; jersey design is subject to the distance a rider registers for
2. Finisher T-shirt for the 140km and 60km participants (only those who finish the race within the stipulated time)
3. Race Medal for all who finish the race within their respective stipulated time.  
4. Race bike number plate
5. Official 2023 L’Étape Malaysia in Johor drawstring bag
6. E-certificate for all finishers

7. Snacks and refreshment on route during race day
8. Mechanical support in the village and on the race course

WHAT IF I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND OR CANNOT RIDE ON THE DAY, CAN I RECEIVE A REFUND?

We do not practice a refund in case a registered participant is unable to join us at the race. We may consider registration transfers to the next edition of L’Étape Malaysia only on medical grounds.

CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO A FRIEND?

A fee of RM10 will be charged for any transfer of registration. Any change must be made 2 months before race day. Strictly no transfer will be entertained past this deadline.

I MADE AN ERROR WHEN I REGISTERED, HOW CAN I FIX IT?

If you need to amend any errors in your registration, please contact the registration team at info@letapemalaysia.com

PREPARATIONs

WHAT TYPES OF BIKES ARE ALLOWED AT L’ÉTAPE MALAYSIA?

Riders are able to choose from a selection of bikes including road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes and cross bikes (recumbents, disc wheels, tri or aero bars are not permitted). Cyclists riding an e-bike won’t be ranked in a specific ranking to preserve fairness between participants. Straight handlebars and disc brakes are permitted. Tandems are only permitted for vision impaired riders (only the vision impaired riders will be required to register). Please ensure, for the safety of all riders, that bikes are well maintained throughout the course.

IS A HELMET COMPULSORY?

Yes, it is compulsory to wear a helmet throughout the entire route. Any participant without a helmet will be removed from the event.

DO I NEED TO CARRY PHOTO IDENTIFICATION DURING L’ÉTAPE?

All riders must carry photo identification at all times.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME ON RACE DAY?

There will be Food and Energy Zones to supply riders with nutrition, water and other necessities. However to ensure all riders are prepared, we suggest packing the below list of items:

- Helmet *

- Photo identification card *

- Water bottles *

- Additional food and/or sports nutrition

- Sunscreen- Sunglasses

- Spare clothing for warmth or rain protection

- Bike equipment including: a puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes, and an air pump

- Mobile phone (don’t forget to ensure it is fully charged prior to the start)

Items marked with * are compulsory

IS THERE MECHANICAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR MY BIKE BEFORE THE EVENT?

The day before the event, mechanical support will be available in the Festival Village for riders to check their bike, if needed. There will also be mechanical support available at the Start Line. Both areas of support will be available on a first come, first served basis. The mechanical support will also be available throughout the race – both on the course and at selected Food Zones.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR THE RIDE?

According to monthly averages, the peaks are likely to range from a minimum temp of 29°C to a maximum of 34°C. Riders will need to be prepared for all weather conditions on the day. Riders are encouraged to consult the Malaysian Metrological Department at www.met.gov.my for forecasts in the area prior to the event

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE EVENT IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER?

The race will commence in the event of light rain.

In case of a thunderstorm making a race dangerous, we will delay race by 30mins. If heavy rain persists, we will cancel the event as we have to factor in the need to reopen public roads. Rides can collect their finisher entitlements if this happens.

We might not continue with the race if lightning is detected within 2km of the race start. Riders are advised to seek shelter along the route if such a situation occurs midway during the race.

Race organisers could at any point of time on race day, in consultation with the authorities and ASO, have the final say as to whether a race could proceed.

WILL THERE BE A SAFETY AND EVENT BRIEFING?

A race e-guide covering details pertaining to the race, including safety instructions will be produced before the race. These will be sent to all registered racers and participants are advised to familiarise themselves with the e-guide prior to arriving at Desaru Coast.

We also plan to produce short instructional videos prior to the race

START & FINISH

IS THE COURSE TIMED?

Yes, the 140km and 60km courses are timed. All riders will be given a race plate for their bike in their registration pack. The timing system is embedded in this plate and it must be attached on the bicycle frame at all times. This will record the time of the rider as they cross the start line, checkpoints throughout the route and the finish line to provide accurate time.

For team timings, the best 3 timing will be used to determine placement.

Final times will be published on the L’Étape Malaysia's website following the event.

IS THE ROAD CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DURING THE EVENT?

Similar to the professional riders in the Tour de France, the road will be closed to general motor vehicle traffic throughout the entire event. A time limit is set to ensure the road opens again at a specific time and this is outlined in the Time Schedule that will be released closer to the event. After this time, the road will reopen to traffic once again.

WHAT IS THE CUT OFF TIME?

The Cut Off Time helps plan the time at which the road is closed, when riders will be eliminated and when the roads reopen to the public. These times are negotiated with L’Étape Malaysia, the councils, the police and the emergency services. Strict compliance with the Time Schedule is essential if we want to continue to enjoy a road which is entirely closed to traffic in the future.

The entire route will be closed to all non-event related vehicles. Roads will re-open progressively on a time schedule which allows riders who ride at an average of 15 km per hour to complete the route.

The Time Schedule will be published on L'Etape Malaysia's Instagram and Facebook page.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM ELIMINATED?

The Race Car will follow the precise Cut Off time for the course. Any participant who is overtaken by this vehicle (which features a timer on its roof) at any point during the race, will be declared “Hors-Course” (out of the race).

WHAT IS THE CUT-OFF TIME?

The cut-off times are as below:


• The Race (140km) - 8 hours
• The Ride (60km) - 5 hours

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM ELIMINATED?

If a rider is eliminated, they will be asked to go to the pick-up areas where a bus and truck will take the rider and their bike to the Race Village.

Bikes will be loaded onto trucks and returned to riders to the Village upon presentation of their race numbers.

Riders will have the option to continue riding the remainder of the course, but will need to be aware that they have officially dropped out of the race and will no longer be under the closed roads or supervision of event services.

ARE THERE RULES THAT STILL NEED TO BE FOLLOWED ON CLOSED ROADS?

Even with the professional conditions of fully closed roads, it is important to remain alert and respect the following:

1.  Keep to the left of the road so the faster riders and race management vehicles can

     overtake on the right


2.   When overtaking, do it on the right and with caution


3.   Indicate prior to overtaking


4.   When riding in the peloton, indicate to riders following of any dangers or imperfections

      on the route

Please note that in an amateur race, the competency level of riders can differs greatly. Please be aware of your general surrounding and seek help if you need any assistance. Your race bib will have our emergency numbers and safety marshals are available throughout the course

ARE THERE FOOD ZONES ON THE ROUTE?

There will be Food Zones and Energy Zones on the course. Water is available at all Food and Energy Zones via self-serve tanks with taps.

Food Zones will comprise of fruits, snacks, water, and energy drinks.

Energy Zones will have an assortment of energy products such as energy bars, gels and drinks. There will also be a variety of snacks available at each zone.

Riders are expected to stop to replenish themselves. Due to the size of the field, our volunteers are unable to cater to individual needs.

WHERE ARE THE FOOD ZONES LOCATED?

Food and Energy Zone locations will be released 14 days before the event

WHERE AM I ABLE TO DISPOSE OF TRASH?

All Food Zones will have bins to dispose of trash. If consuming gels or snacks while on the road, riders must ensure that they hold on to associated rubbish until they are able to dispose of this correctly. Let's maintain Desaru as a pristine area for all to enjoy.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I BREAKDOWN OR HAVE AN ACCIDENT ON THE COURSE?

If a rider has an accident or mechanical issues, there will be medical teams and support at selected Food Zones as well as along the route (mobile assistance). In addition to the support offered, each rider should bring spare inner tubes, air pump and any extra components that they may need with them.

Riders will be provided with an emergency number to call for roadside pick-up if they are unable to make their own way to a Food Zone following an accident or a breakdown. In the event of riders waiting for roadside pick-up – with the exception of major injuries – riders are asked to move off the course and out of the way of other riders to wait for pick up.

WILL THERE BE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE?

There are first aid stations set up in the Race Village, at the Start Line, at Food Zones, and at the Finish Line. There will also be medical teams among the riders on the route, in case riders need medical attention or transportation to a nearby first aid station.

WHERE DO I RECEIVE MY FINISHER MEDAL AND T-SHIRT?

Race pack collection will be available at the Race Village on Friday 7 July 2023, from 10am to 10pm. All riders must bring their confirmation email (a soft copy will be accepted) and photo identification to pick up their Registration Pack. This can only be completed by the registered rider, and cannot be collected by a third party.

A race pack collection might be organised in Kuala Lumpur 2 weeks before the race. Details will be announced in due course.

For those wishing to opt for race pack delivery, please follow the instructions during the registration process.

HOW DO I GET TO THE START LINE?

We recommend you arrive 45 minutes to 1 hour before your start time. The first start will be given at 7.15am on Saturday 8 July 2023

HOW WILL MY START POSITION BE DETERMINED?

Podium finish is only available for the 140km category. Those wishing to race competitively must register in the Elite group in Wave 0. Those outside Wave 0 is not entitled for a podium finish but their race time will be made available to them.

For those outside Wave 0, they can choose to join any waves they wish, on a first come first served basis.

WILL THERE BE A WAY TO TRANSPORT SPARE CLOTHING FROM THE START?

If you wish to drop spare clothing before you start, a free bag-drop service will be available in the Race Village. The bag drop service will open from 5.00am onwards.

GENERALs

WILL THERE BE PRIZES FOR L’ÉTAPE MALAYSIA?

Individual The Race (140km) participants will be competing for the coveted official Tour de France Jerseys

• THE YELLOW JERSEY will be presented to the overall male and female winners of The Race.

• THE GREEN JERSEY will be presented to the male and female The Race winners of the Sprint.

• THE WHITE JERSEY will be presented to the fastest overall male and female in The Race, aged 25   

  years or less, on the day of the event.

Team riders will not win the individual winner’s jerseys. However, team riders are eligible to compete for individual overall placements. Only trophies awarded for the following participants:

• The Men’s Team Prize

• The Women’s Team Prize

IS ACCOMODATION INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE?

No, accommodation is not included in the registration fee. However, Desaru Coast is offering attractive packages for you to choose from. These include accommodation, ferry services and tour packages around Desaru.

HOW DO I BOOK ACCOMODATION?

Please refer to www.letapemalaysia.com/accommodation where you will find links to book your accommodation.

WHEN WILL MY RESULTS BE PUBLISHED?

Unofficial results will be listed at the end of event day.

Official results will be published on the L’Étape Malaysia website as they come available during the day.