La Marmotte 2017
Alpe d'Huez / Bourg d'Oisans
Sunday 2nd July 2017
The ‘Marmotte’ Cyclosportive is the original and arguably the most difficult Alpine Cyclosportive with almost 5000m of climbing over 174 km (110 miles).The Marmotte underwent a route change in 2015 due to a tunnel closure on the descent from the Col du Lautaret. The new course starts at Bourg d’Oisans, climbs the Col du Glandon, descends into the Maurienne Valley, climbs the Lacets de Montvernier, The Col de Mollard and the Col de la Croix de Fer before the fantastic descent back to Bourg d'Oisans and, one imagines just for the Hell of it, climbs up to Alpe d’Huez for the finish, and food.
The standard is high at the front with many top amateurs and budding pros taking part. With over 7000 starters in 2015 and only 4500 finishers the Marmotte is arguable one of the hardest sportives in the world, the winner finishes in an incredible 5.5 hours whilst the last takes about 13hrs. There are sag wagons for those who drop out and in addition to the Sportcommunication feed stations there's a private feed station for Veloventoux guests close to the summit of the Col du Glandon.
There's only one option - La Marmotte, 175km, 5000m of ascent
Friday 30th June - Arrive at Lyon airport for transfer to the Hotel Camigane at Alpe d'Huez close to the event finish line.
Saturday 1st July - A free day giving you the chance to have a short leg warmer ride out of Alpe d’Huez, prepare your bike and race food for La Marmotte or even do some sightseeing.
Sunday 2nd july - After an early breakfast (5:30 recommended) you descent to Bourg and get into the 2nd pen which is available to Veloventoux clients.
Monday 3rd July - Transfer back to Lyon airport.
£575.00 or £495.00 self drive option.
Includes 2 nights B+B and one night with evening meal at the exceptional Hotel Camigane on bend "0" at Alpe d'Huez.
The hotel has a pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. There's safe bike storage and we'll have a workshop set up throughout the weekend.
We'll also have leg massage available at the hotel
Also included is a return transfer from Lyon airport, entry to The Marmotte and use of private feed station on the Col du Galibier.