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Luz Saint Sauveur - 27th August 2017

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La Marmotte Pyrenees 2017 Information

Terrain

Mountains
High Mountains

Country

France
France

Difficulty

Hard
Hard

Riders

2000
Riders

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La Marmotte Pyrenees 2017

This was a new event in 2016 and is already established as one the hardest sportives of the year. The Marmotte has long been a badge of honour for alpinistas: covering the Glandon, Telegraphe, Galibier and Alpe d’Huez in one day is a classic route that brings together more Tour de France Alpine legends than you can shake a spoke at. Now, the people behind France’s most established event have launched a corresponding sportive in the Pyrenees.
The route is perfectly designed to mirror the Alpine Marmotte, with the Tourmalet, the Hourquette d’Ancizan, the Aspin, the other side of the Tourmalet and Hautecam making a true circle of death in the mountains that began the concept of climbing by bike. There is little in the way of flat riding here, with the transitional valley roads kept to an absolute minimum. It’s up, down and repeat all day. This is probably the most concise one-day route for climbing Tour de France giants that is possible.

La Marmotte Pyrenees Routes

There is only one route for this sportive. The race starts early in the morning in Luz Saint Sauveur and goes over the Tourmalet for the first time. This side up is 19km at an average of 7%. After this warm up there is a quick descent and then the beautiful climb of the Hourquette before the race loops back and does the classic double header of the Aspin & Tourmalet. As if all this was not enough for one day, there is a quick flat / descent to the base of the Hautecam for one last HC climb.

Long Route (163 km)

Just the one route choice for Marmotte Pyrenees. Five cat 1 or HC climbs all in quick succession including both sides of the Tourmalet.

Marmotte Pyrenees Route 2017

Distance: 163 Km. Elevation: 5600 M.

Interesting La Marmotte Pyrenees Facts

Classic climbs

The Tourmalet is the most used mountain pass in the Tour de France

La Marmotte Pyrenees 2017 FAQ

Getting There

The closest airport is Lourdes Tarbes. This is 45 minutes away from Luz Saint Sauveur and 30 mins to Argeles Gazost. Transfers are available.

Documents Required

Sportive entry receipt (included in your race pack from Sportive Breaks)
Personal ID (passport or driving license)
Signed medical certificate

What to Pack

An early start but in August this should still be warm. The Marmotte Pyrenees goes high so expect changeable weather and the potential for rain so arm warmers and a waterproof recommended. Most of the climbs are very long but steady with gradients rarely going into double figures so prepare your gearing accordingly.

Registration

Collection of race entries is in Luz Saint Sauveur the day before the sportive or in the morning of the race. Collection can be in person or by someone else provided they have your medical certificate, ID and print out of your registration.

Start & Finish

Start is in Luz Saint Sauveur at 7.30am. The finish is at the top of the Hautecam.

WHERE TO STAY

ACCOMMODATION FOR La Marmotte Pyrenees 2017

Luz Saint Sauveur

The route makes it difficult to have the perfect base. Argeles Gazost is the location of the start and registration but is 19km from the finish village. Luz Saint Sauveur is our preference as it is closer to the finish and the location for the pasta party. We put on a free shuttle to the start to save your legs the extra 19km - we think your legs will appreciate it!

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