La Marmotte — June 29-July 6, 2014
Southern Corsica — June 9-16, 2014
L'Etape du Tour & Pyrenees — July 16-24, 2014
Pyrénées Traverse — Sep. 10-17, 2014
Around Mont Blanc in 6 days — July 5-12, 2014
Tour 2013 : Ventoux, Alpe, Annecy + Finale — July 14-21, 2013
A Week In Provence — June 22-28, 2013
France’s Sportive Double: La Marmotte and L’Etape du Tour — June 28 - July 8
L'Etape du Tour: Pyrénées Tour de France Trip — July 11-20, 2012
Milan - San Remo Gran Fondo — June 7-12, 2012
French Alps Traverse — June 16-22, 2012
Ventoux + Alpes — May 30 - June 6, 2012
Pyrénées Traverse — September 2-7, 2012
Spring Traverse — April 12-16, 2012

Participate in France’s 2 most prestigious cyclosportifs!

There’s no better way to celebrate the 100th Tour de France than by spending 10 days cycling the Alps - building for an unforgettable weekend riding France’s two greatest cyclosportifs - back-to-back!

You’ll recon the parcours, warm up with some magnificent rides over carefully selected, renowned Alpine climbs… and taper your form for your own Tour sized challenge:  Saturday’s La Marmotte, and Sunday’s L’Etape du Tour. 

The original Cyclosportive, La Marmotte traces 174km over the legendary Col du Glandon, Le Télégraphe, Col du Galibier with a finish at the summit of L’Alpe d’Huez.

L’Etape du Tour 2013 traces the same route of Le Tour’s Annecy – Annecy Semnoz stage: 130 km over the Col de Près, Mont Revard with a finishing climb to Semnoz.   The route that will deliver the grand alps finale on the penultimate day of the 100th Tour de France a week later.

Despite the fact that L’Etape registration is now closed, we’ve still got a few precious entries reserved for a few more participants on this trip.  Don’t hesitate!

Trip facts (tableau)

Dates June 28 –July 8, 2013.  (10 days / 9 nights)
Start-End Geneva, Switzerland Airport
Stay in Annecy & Bourg d’Oisans
Rides 9  (every day!)
Difficulty Very Challenging!
For cyclists capable of riding multiple alpine passes on consecutive days in a competitive event.
Highlights La Marmotte Cyclosportive
L’Etape du Tour Cyclosportive
Climbs

- Col de La Morte
- Col de la Madeleine
- Col d’Ornon
- Col de Sarenne
- Col de Pres
- Le Mont Revard
- Le Semnoz
- Col du Glandon
- Col Telegraphe
- Col du Galibier
- L’Alpe d’Huez

Lodging Quality cycling-friendly hotels in Bourg d’Oisans and Annecy.
Meals Two daily meals included (Breakfast / Dinner)
Support - Airport pick up / drop off
-  Handling of baggage and bike case
- Technical support van
- Professional mechanical support & upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- All Ground transportation
- Bicycle storage facilities
- Culture document with trip related info
- Bi-lingual guide(s)
Group Size Limited to 12 riders.   
Cost $2,510 / €1,840 double occupancy. Including Etape and Marmotte registration, all taxes and service charges.
Not Included Airfare, lunches, travel insurance, medical insurance for competitions, energy food during rides, drinks at dinner.
Deadline ONLY A FEW PLACES REMAINING!
To register & reserve your place confirm before February 28, 2013.

 

Itinary

DayByDay


Day 1  Saturday June 29, 2013 :  Arrival and welcome !
Arriving at Geneva airport, we’ll shuttle you in air-conditioned comfort to our Annecy Hotel mid-day where we’ll build up our bikes and take an afternoon warm-up ride around Lake Annecy to shake out the jet lag.  (50km, 450m climbing)

Day 2 Sunday June 30:  Recon TdF Stage 19
Today we’ll find our climbing legs by riding the last part of stage 19 of the ’13 TdF tackling the Col de l’Epine, Col de la Croix Fry and the finish in Le Grand Bornand.  From there it is a 40km predominantly downhill ride to our hotel in Annecy where recovery over another great dinner of regional Savoie specialties await. (110km, 1,560m climbing)

Day 3  Monday, July 1:  L’Etape du Tour Recon
Today we’ll ride the entire Etape du Tour (125k/3,280m) in a leisurely manner to recon it for it later in the week.  You’ll know the exact gearing to use on the climbs, and know where all the technically difficult sections are so there’ll be no surprises on Sunday!   Regrouping at the Summit finish, a descent to the hotel in Annecy. (145km, 3,580m climbing)

Day 4  Tuesday, July 2:  Albertville, the Madeleine and the Glandon
The day will start off with a 45 minute van ride to Albertville where we’ll start by  climbing the Col de la Madeleine.  At the top, a stop and a delightful lunch enjoying the view before cruising down through St.Francois and up the terrible Col De Glandon before once again cruising to our Hotel Bourg d’Oisans where we’ll stay tonight.  (125km, 3,276m climbing)

Day 5 Wednesday, July 3:  Relaxed spin through Alpine Vistas
Today we’ll taper our form spinning easy up some less difficult climbs with an emphasis on enjoying the views - keeping in mind that in a few days a nasty double decker weekend starts!  Our plan is to ride down the Romanche valley to Séchilienne where we will climb up and over the Col de la Morte entering a gorgeous valley before coming up the Col d’Ornon which overlooks Bourg d’Oisans where we will once again spend the night. (93km, 2,060m climbing)

Day 6  Thursday, July 4:  Rest day
While we will get out for a short spin, today’s theme is rest and staying off our feet.  Hotel again in Bourg d’Oisans.   A great day to relax, and immerse ourselves in the ambiance of this prototypical Alpine village at the foot of L’Alpe d’Huez.

Day 7 Friday, July 5:  Alpe d’Huez recon.
Being so close, and knowing that the Tour is coming through a few weeks later we’ll ride (as casually as possible!)  Alpe d’Huez and the Col de Sarenne just as the pros will - although we will surely only climb Alpe d’Huez once since we have a big day tomorrow.   Back at the hotel the afternoon will provide rest and final preparation of bike and legs for tomorrow’s challenge   (52km, 1571m climbing)

Day 8 Saturday, July 6:  La Marmotte
Today Bourg d’Oisans will come alive early with La Marmotte, with the early depart literally outside our Hotel door!   We’ll support your ride, and after conquering the final climb L’Alpe d’Huez - we’ll shuttle you on a 2 hour transfer to Annecy.  Upon arrival in Annecy we’ll pick-up our L’Etape bibs, fuel up with another pre-race dinner…and sleep!  (174km, 5,000m climbing)

Day 9 Sunday, July 7:  L’Etape du Tour
L’Etape!  We’ve arranged an early breakfast to eat and digest well before the 7am start.   Our hotel is just a 15 minute drive from the start – or a 13km ride (+125m) for those who want a warm-up.  During L’Etape, DuckStore will support you with two private nutrition stations.  After your final victorious climb to Semnoz, all participants will ride back down to Annecy on the same route we previewed yesterday.  We’ll regroup back at our hotel in Annecy for a beer (or three!) and a victory dinner to celebrate conquering this major cycling challenge!  (130km, 3,580m climbing).

Day 10 Monday, July 8:  Au Revoir!
We’ll savor one final relaxing breakfast before a morning departure to Geneva airport where we’ll bid you adieu until your next DuckStore adventure!