The same athleticism, excitement and revelry of the iconic Tour de France can be experienced in Las Vegas once again this May. L’Étape Las Vegas by Tour de France offers amateur cyclists the opportunity to compete for the same glory the world’s best peloton—or group of cyclists—vie for each year across the Atlantic. 

And what’s better than exhibiting your cycling skills in the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World? The destination has world-class restaurants to fuel up at, tranquil and serene spas for post-race relaxation, and amazing productions and nightlife to take in during the proverbial victory lap while celebrating how you tackled the course with vigor and determination. 

L’Étape Las Vegas Race Basics 

Taking place Sunday, May 5, this year’s race kicks off in Summerlin at Las Vegas Ballpark. The three racecourses—75-mile, 45-mile and 25-mile—have been designed by Tour de France experts, with all routes heading west into the scenic and dynamic Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. 

The varying courses are designed to offer cyclists of all abilities, from first-time racers to seasoned athletes, the opportunity to have this extremely special experience. 

  • The 75-mile course features 6,000 feet of elevation. 

  • The 45-mile course features 3,035 feet of elevation. 

  • The 25-mile course features 2,260 feet of elevation. 

Cyclists can rest easy knowing that the courses are supported by closed roads, mechanical support, and hydration and nutrition stations.  

For the avid cyclist or cycling enthusiast, you know how coveted the yellow Tour de France jersey is. The top finishers in the 75-mile course will receive exactly that—how exciting! 

Things to Do in Las Vegas While You’re Here 

Whether it’s some pre-race pampering or post-race recovery, Lapis Spa & Wellness at Fontainebleau Las Vegas is here for you. Massages, facials, wraps—whatever you seek, this serene sanctuary features the industry’s latest and greatest treatments.  

European and Eastern rituals guide the treatments at Awana Spa inside Resorts World Las Vegas, which offers a variety of options with a uniquely social approach. Be invigorated (and maybe even inspired) at the tranquil space offering the usual menu of massage, wraps and facials alongside interesting experiences like the Fountain of Youth and Art of Aufguss. 

Just a short ride from the race’s starting line is Pedal & Pour, a coffee shop geared toward cyclists. Get caffeinated with a cup from local coffee mainstay Vesta Coffee Roasters, get your bike serviced and shop for some new gear! 

TruFusion is a fitness studio in Downtown Summerlin offering several courses including a cycling class you no doubt will dominate. It might be a great warm-up to get you ready for race day. You also could opt for a yoga session to boost focus or a boot camp class to get you in tip-top shape. Plus, it’s just a short walk from the race’s starting line! 

If you prefer sticking to the real thing, you could always show up a day or so early and give the course at Red Rock National Conservation Area a leisurely shot to see what you’re in for. Plus, instead of focusing on beating your personal record, you can take the time to enjoy the gorgeous sandstone rock formations and surrounding natural beauty of this breathtaking piece of the Mojave Desert. 

Where to Fuel Up Before (or After) the Race 

While Summer House at the recently opened Durango Casino & Resort does offer some more comforting options, its California-inspired menu has several fresh and nutrition-conscious selections. Go for a delicious kale salad with gala apples and aged balsamic, or order a spread of veggie plates like grilled avocado, shishito peppers and wood-grilled artichokes. 

SkinnyFATS is a fun-loving eatery with both “healthy” and “happy” menu options (you get the name now, right?). From ahi poke and curry rice bowls to slow-roasted sweet potatoes and veggie sandwiches, there’s something to satisfy everyone at this restaurant, which conveniently has a location near the race’s starting line within Downtown Summerlin. 

The Strip also offers delightful dining ideal for athletes seeking fuel with flavor. Zen Kitchen at Waldorf Astoria offers seatings for breakfast/lunch and a dinner, with every meal featuring a mix of light fare and comfort foods. Dinner offers a fabulous selection of sushi and sashimi alongside steaks and elevated mains such as Icelandic king salmon and a spring garden yakisoba dish perfect for carb-ing up! 

If you seek a completely nutritious meal, Truth & Tonic at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas is exactly where to book a reservation. The full-vegan wellness café features a variety of nutrient-dense, plant-based offerings including salads and smoothies. 

Whether you’re following the keto or paleo diets, sticking to vegan and vegetarian options, or just wanting something fresh and fabulous, True Food Kitchen inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is calling your name. Explore its expansive, seasonal menu of dishes made with high-quality ingredients. 

Where to Celebrate 

Enjoy amazing views and fabulous entertainment at the center-Strip rooftop Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell. R&B/pop star Ne-Yo is set to give an incredible performance the night of the race. 

Party poolside at XS Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas. The indoor/outdoor hot spot offers delicious cocktails, an electric energy and sets from the globe’s top DJs. RÜFÜS DU SOL will be behind the booth the night of the race, so put those dancing shoes on! 

You’ve been training for weeks for the race, likely also eating healthy and skipping dessert. It’s time to let loose with a lip-smacking cocktail, a sweet treat and even sweeter beats. Do just that at We All Scream, where an ice cream parlor meets a high-energy nightclub and music venue with psychedelic decor perfect for those celebratory selfies you’re going to take. 

Want to celebrate with some competition that’s a bit more … casual? Don’t want to dance after cycling all day? Head to Level Up at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, where you can play arcade games with—or against—your crew, catch the night’s best games on TV and indulge in craft cocktails. 


However you spend time in Las Vegas for such an exciting event like L’Étape Las Vegas, you know it’s going to be a trip for the books. Get your Las Vegas itinerary settled with this 2024 trip planning guide and if you haven’t booked that room, check out these hotel deals