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La Marmotte Le Bourg d'Oisans - 7th July 2019 France
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Tour Overview

La Marmotte

One of the oldest sportives in the cycling calendar and still the ultimate cycling test. The route takes in some of the most famous climbs from the Tour de France including the challenging Glandon / Croix de Fer, the highest point in the race on the Galibier and then the famous switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez.
This is both a long sportive at 174km and one with an enormous amount of climbing at over 5,000m. On top of this, it is in July in the Alps so temperatures could be uncomfortable hot and you go over high at the Galibier so the chance of very changeable weather is strong. There are not many tougher single day sportives in the world.

High Mountains

Terrain

Mountains

France

Country

France

Hard

Difficulty

Hard

Riders

Riders

7000

Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Climb the Galibier

    Of all the climbs in the Alps, the Galibier is our favourite. A stunning winding ascent with great views down the valley until you top out at 2,645m. Then, one of the world's great descents almost all the way to the base of Alpe d'Huez.

  • Take on the Alpe d'Huez Time Trial

    One climb of the famous 21 hairpins not enough for you? Take on the Alpe d'Huez time trial which is part of the week of events in this region.

Rider Review: La Marmotte

Rider Review: La Marmotte

  • World's Best Cycling Routes: Classic Alpine Loop

    Quite possibly the greatest one day loop in the world. Where else could you find four legendary climbs, all steeped in so much Tour de France history, in one ride. This is also one of the most fun rides with some amazing descents, changes in scenery and some g ..

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Itinerary

The original European sportive and still one of the hardest. The Marmotte takes in four giant alpine climbs, all legendary from the Tour de France finishing with the mighty Galibier and then Alpe d'Huez. A serious challenge!

Why Book With Us

  • Range of accommodation options in Alpe d'Huez
  • Guaranteed entry for La Marmotte
  • Easy airport transfers from Lyon

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Other Services

  • Bike Rental

    We have a fleet of Trek bikes available to rent for La Marmotte.

     
Routes & FAQs

The Routes

The race starts early morning in Le Bourg d'Oisan and after a quick 11km of flat the route heads straight to the Glandon and the first of four tough climbs. At over 20km and climbing over 1000m this is a real challenge. A long descent leads to the base of the Telegraph and the mighty Galibier hitting the highest point of the race at 2642m.
After a long descent down the valley floor there is just the small matter of Alpe d'Huez and the 21 switchbacks to contend with before crossing the finish line and enjoying the glory of completing the hardest one day sportive in cycling.

La Marmotte Route 2017

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Ride Distance: 174

Elevation gain: 5180

Starting early from Bourg d'Oisans crossing four major climbs the last being Alpe d'Huez.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting There

The closest airport to Alpe d'Huez is Lyon about two hours away.

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

The descent early in the morning to the start at Bourg will be chilly so bring some arm warmers. The order for the day is climbing with some quick descents so plenty of gears and ensure you are only using carbon wheels if you are comfortable using them.

Registration

You will need a print out of your registration, medical certificate & ID. Your race entry can be collected by someone else as long as they have those three things. Collection is on the two days before the sportive at Palais des Sports in Alpe d'Huez or before the race start in Bourg

Start & Finish

The start goes off in three waves. The first is grid is based on previous times. Bookings through agents (such as us) are in the second grid. The first group sets off at 7am from Bourg at the base of Alpe d'Huez.
The finish line is in Alpe d'Huez where there is a pasta party and expo.

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Popular Packages

We are sold out for the 2018 Marmotte. 2019 packages available as soon as the date for 2019 is confirmed.

All Packages Include:

  • 3 nights accommodation in Alpe d'Huez
  • Entry to La Marmotte
  • Return transfers from Lyon
3 Nights: 5 - 8th Jul 2019
Summary Price Quantity Total  

3* Hotel in Alpe d'Huez
Twin Room for 2 people
Half Board
Return Airport Transfers from Lyon
Sportive Entry (pens one to three)

£1150 £1150 Book Now

3* Hotel in Alpe d'Huez
Single Room for 1 personHalf Board
Return Airport Transfers from Lyon
Sportive Entry (pens one to three)

£629 £629 Book Now

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Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

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