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La Marmotte 2024

Sunday, June 30, 2024

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Days

3 or 4 nights

107miles | 16,000 ft

From

$701 USD

2024 Marmotte Gran Fondo with Sportive Breaks

The provisional date for the 2024 Marmotte Gran Fondo is Sunday, June 30, 2024.

The original European sportive and still one of the hardest. The Marmotte takes in four giant alpine climbs, all made legendary by the Tour de France, finishing with the mighty Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. A serious challenge! Part of Marmotte weekend is the Grimpee Time Trial (Friday) and the Ultra route option with over 21,000 ft of climbing! The Ultra route takes place alongside the Marmotte on Sunday.
Stay in Alpe d’Huez with us for 3 or 4 nights.  Our support includes mechanic service, guided rides and private fueling stations. We also offer Marmotte entry in wave 1 with a 7:00 AM start or wave 2 with a 7:30 AM start, a group dinner and airport transfers from Geneva airport.

Please book the 4-night package if you want to take part in the Grimpee de L’Alpe; Alpe d’Huez Time Trial on Friday morning.

Hotel options – all available for 3 or 4 nights or longer on request

  • Hotel Le Castillan (4 nights only) – prices from $679
  • Hotel Le Petit Prince – prices from $525
  • Chalet La Belle Etoile – prices from $465

Entry without hotel available 

  • Guaranteed entry in either Wave 1 with a start at 7:00 AM or Wave 2 with start at 7:30 AM
  • Access to our private fueling stations on the Col du Galibier and the Alpe d’Huez climb
  • Clothes drop in Bourg d’Oisans before the start (must be collected from hotel Petit Prince in Alpe d’Huez after the event)

Spread your payments: Our interest-free payment plan allows you to spread out payments for your booking.

Guaranteed Entry: In Wave 1 or 2. Guaranteed entry available to either the Gran Fondo (7:00 AM or 7:30 AM start wave) or the Ultra Fondo. Entries for the Grimpee (Time Trial) on Friday are also available.

Private Fuel Stops: Drop off your day bags, re-energize with sports nutrition + savory food on the Galibier & the final climb. Bag drop at the start in Bourg d’Oisans also available 

Mechanic support: Expert mechanics on hand all weekend.

Guided Warm-Up Rides: Friday & Saturday before the sportive ride local routes close to Alpe d’Huez with our local guide.

What's Included?

Accommodation

Choice of 3* hotels and 2* Chalet

Meals Included

Breakfasts

Guided warm-up rides

Friday & Saturday

Private fuel stops

On Gran Fondo Day

Mechanic

Expert mechanic on hand all weekend

Marmotte Entry

In Wave 1 at 7:00 AM ($175)

or Wave 2 at 07:30 AM ($140) for either Gran Fondo or Ultra Fondo

Additional Extra - Transfer

From Geneva airport (GVA)

Marmotte Entry Without Hotel Package

In Wave 1 at 7:00 AM ($265) 

or Wave 2 at 7:30 AM ($205) for either Gran Fondo or Ultra Fondo

Group Meal

Group Dinnert at $30 per night

Packages and Prices

Stay with us in Alpe d’Huez and enjoy the beautiful French Alps. The Marmotte Alps Gran Fondo is one of the oldest Cyclo-Sportives and still one of the toughest. This event requires dedication and good preparation and that’s where Sportive Breaks can help.

Prices

Chalet La Belle Etoile**

  • $465 per person based on double occupancy
  • $585 per person based on single occupancy

Hotel Le Petit Prince***

  • $525 per person based double occupancy
  • $245 per person based on single occupancy 

Hotel Le Castillan***

4 nights only (Thursday – Monday)

  • $679 per person based double occupancy
  • $795 per person based on single occupancy

Included with your weekend

  • 3 nights at a choice of accommodation in Alpe d’Huez
  • Local expert guides and bike mechanic
  • Breakfasts
  • Guided warm-up ride 
  • Private fuel stops on Marmotte day
  • Bag drop at the start
  • Detailed itinerary

Also available

  • Airport transfers from Geneva at set times at $175 per person return
  • Guaranteed entry for the 2024 Marmotte with choice of start pen (optional) – see below

Entry Only

We offer guaranteed entry for the 2024 Marmotte Gran Fondo without the need to purchase a hotel package. Choose your start entry pen.  The start is in Bourg d’Oisans and you will finish in Alpe d’Huez.

Included with “Entry Only”

  • Entry with all inclusions
  • Choice of start time
  • Bag drop at the start (bags will be returned to one of our hotel reception desks)
  • Access to private fuel stations

Entry prices if purchased with our package

Wave 1 @ 7:00 AM – $175
Wave 2 @ 7:30 AM – $140

Entry prices without hotel

Wave 1 @ 7:00 AM – $265
Wave 2 @ 7:30 PM – $205

Included with your Gran Fondo Entry

  • Start number
  • A road book
  • A souvenir
  • Timing chip
  • Access to feeding stations along the route
  • Breakdown assistance and first aid
  • General rankings and rankings per category
  • Certificate available
  • Finisher medal
  • Pasta party at the finish

Marmotte Gran Fondo Photo Gallery

Itinerary

Please plan your flight to Geneva Airport (GVA) and make use of our optional airport transfer departing at 2:00 PM. Our team will meet you and your bike at the airport for the 3-hour drive.  Alternatively, make your way to Alpe d’Huez on your own and meet us at your chosen hotel.  Arrive today if you would like to do the Alpe d’Huez Time Trial (Grimpee de L’Alpe) on Friday.

What about my bike?

You can bring your own bike as we have planned to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with building your bike after travel. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.

Group airport transfers from Geneva Airport – $175 return/ $ 120 one way

Today we offer one airport transfer which departs Geneva Airport at 2:00 PM. This transfer includes you, your luggage and your bike and can be added at time of booking for $120 (one way) or $175 (return). Please book your flight to arrive before 12:30 PM to allow for baggage collection and customs.

If you are arriving at another time or into Lyon Airport, please contact us for a quote on private airport transfers.  Guidelines for transfer pricing can be found below.

Geneva Airport

  • 1 – 4 persons with bike boxes – $410 one way / $820 return 
  • 5 – 8 persons with bike boxes – $470 one way / $935 return 
  • 9+ Please Contact Us

Lyon St Exupery Airport

  • 1 – 4 persons with bike boxes – $295 one way / $585 return journey
  • 5 – 8 persons with bike boxes – $350 one way / $700 return 
  • 9+ Please Contact Us

Group Dinner

This evening we will meet for our group dinner at a local restaurant.  Please select this option when booking if you would like to join us ($30 additional).  

Guests arriving on Thursday can take part in the Grimpee de L’Alpe. After breakfast, descend to Bourg d’Oisans and from 9:00 AM on you can set your PB on the Alpe d’Huez climb during the official Alpe d’Huez TT, the Grimpee de L’Alpe.

Friday arrivals

Please plan your flight to Geneva Airport (GVA) and make use of our optional airport transfers departing at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Our team will meet you and your bike at the airport for the 3-hour drive.  Alternatively, you can fly into Lyon (LYS) Airport and opt for a private transfer or make your way to Alpe d’Huez on your own and meet us at your chosen hotel. 

Group airport transfers from Geneva Airport – $175 return/ $120 one way

Today we offer (2)  airport transfers departing from Geneva Airport.  The first leaves at 11:00 AM and the second at 4:00 PM. When you make your booking, you can add this group airport transfer. Please book a flight that arrives at least 90 minutes before the transfer departure time to allow for baggage pick up and customs clearance. 

If you are arriving at another time or into Lyon Airport, please contact us for a quote on private airport transfers.  Guidelines for transfer pricing can be found below.

Transfer guide available here – Link

Geneva Airport

  • 1 – 4 persons with bike boxes – $410 one way / $820 return 
  • 5 – 8 persons with bike boxes – $470 one way / $935 return 
  • 9+ Please Contact Us

Lyon St Exupery Airport

  • 1 – 4 persons with bike boxes – $295 one way / $585 return journey
  • 5 – 8 persons with bike boxes – $350 one way / $700 return 
  • 9+ Please Contact Us

Group Dinner

This evening we will meet for our group dinner at a local restaurant.  Please select this option when booking if you would like to join us ($30 additional). 

Guided ride

If you are on the first transfer, we will lead a short (but punchy) guided ride down Alpe d’Huez, over the Balcons and back up the Sarenne departing Alpe d’Huez at 3:30 PM.

This afternoon you will go to the expo to collect your race bib for tomorrow. This afternoon and early evening, our tour leaders and bike mechanics are available for you. The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Alpe d’Huez’s many restaurants or you can join us at our group dinner at a local restaurant.

After breakfast and preparing the bikes, we will take you on a supported, guided ride that takes in the Vilard Reculas climb, the easiest way to get back up to Alpe d’Huez. We will descend to Bourg d’Oisans, ride along the valley floor and climb back up to Alpe d’Huez.  

Afterwards, get some rest and get prepared for tomorrow. This evening our bike guides will provide a briefing of race day logistics, strategies and the route.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Alpe d’Huez’s many restaurants or you can join us for our group dinner at a local restaurant (additional $30).

We have an early start this morning. Early breakfast is arranged in the hotel restaurant.

The Marmotte start is done in waves. You will be allocated a start pen with a time to enter the pen plus a start time. The Marmotte is a race with one cut off point. You must pass the start of the Alpe d’Huez climb in Bourg d’Oisans before 6:15 PM otherwise you will be eliminated from the race. If you are eliminated your bike will go on a bike trailer and you will be transported to the finish in Alpe d’Huez or you can choose to climb the Alpe d’Huez and finish in your own time.

Once you finish in Alpe d’Huez, there’s no need to worry as you are staying near the finish.

This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Alpe d’Huez’s many restaurants or you can join us for our group dinner at a local restaurant. After the meal we’ll have a few drinks at a local bar to celebrate your achievement.

After breakfast, we offer our optional transfer back to Geneva airport.

Geneva Airport Transfers:

Transfer 1 : Depart Alpe d’Huez at 7:00 AM (for flights departing after 1:00 PM)

Transfer 2 : Depart Alpe d’Huez at 10:00 AM (for flights departing after 4:00 PM)

Please don’t book any flights that depart before 1:00 PM. If your flight departs earlier, please consider booking a private transfer.

More About the Event

La Marmotte

La Marmotte is known to be one of the hardest sportives.  Our travel packages include tackling four legendary alpine climbs, made famous by the Tour de France. This route is a serious challenge and a fantastic achievement.

What is La Marmotte Sportive? 

La Marmotte is the ultimate cycling test and the oldest sportive on the cycling calendar. At 115 miles, this one-day classic includes conquering famous Tour de France climbs including the Galibier, the Glandon and the Croix de Fer. The Marmotte has one cut off point. You must pass the start of the Alpe d’Huez climb in Bourg d’Oisans before 6:15 PM otherwise you will be eliminated from the race. If you are eliminated your bike will be put on a trailer and you will be transported to the finish in Alpe d’Huez. Our hotel is close to the finish.

First held in 1982, this is still one of the most popular cycling events in the world and one to cross off your bucket list.

Sportive Options

The famous Marmotte Granfondo Alps finishes with the legendary Alpe d’Huez. It takes courage to complete the 21 hair-pin bends, 115 miles and 18,140 fee of this epic cycling challenge. 
The route features 6 of the most legendary passes in France: in order of appearance on the route: the Glandon, the Croix de Fer, the Telegraphe, the Galibier, the Lautaret, and finally the final ascent of Alpe d’Huez. Whether you time in mind or you just want to finish, every participant leaves Alpe d’Huez with a satisfying feeling and bragging rights having conquered this challenge.

 DistanceElevationDifficulty
Long Route115 miles

18,140 feet

5/5

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We know the routes and we know the roads. We know how the event works and the best hotels for the start and finish. We organize everything for you; transfers, bike transport, additional fuel stops, local guides, mechanical support and more.

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