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Challenge yourself to La Marmotte

109 miles and 17,000' of climbing

World famous as the queen of Cyclosportives, the Alpine classic 'La Marmotte' is considered the oldest 'sportive - and a must addition to the palmares of every serious cyclist.   If you’ve done the Etape du Tour you need to add La Marmotte to your cyclosportive / GranFondo collection! 

Named after the hibernating animal that resides in the high-alps, the route starts in Bourg d’Oisans at the base of Alpe d’Huez and climbs up and over three iconic and majestic Tour de France passes: the Glandon (1918 m), the Telegraph (1570 m), the Galibier (2642 m) before finishing up the 21 hairpin ladder to the famous Tour finish at Alpe d'Huez (1880 m).  People who ride the Marmotte never forget those last 8 miles up “l’Alpe” to the finish... discover why this July!

Trip facts (tableau)

 

Dates June 29 – July 6, 2014.  (8 days / 7 nights)
Start - End Lyon, France
Cities Bourg d’Oisans
Rides Six (6)
Difficulty Challenging:  For those capable of riding up and down multiple mountain passes.

Cols Climbed

(*TdF Col)

- L’Alpe d’Huez*             - Col de Lautaret*              
- Col de Glandon*          - Col de la Morte
- Col de Telegraphe*     - Col de Galibier*                  
- Col d’Ornon*                 - Col de la Croix de Fer*  
Lodging 7 nights in a home
Meals Three daily meals included 
Support - 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
- 2 bi-lingual guides
Group Size Limited to 8 riders
Cost $2,250 / 1,630€  double occupancy.
All taxes included.
Bike Rental Road bikes available $195 or 150€ / week.

 

Itinary

DAY 1 - Sunday June 29
We’ll pick you up at Lyon airport and shuttle you to our Bourg d’Oisans where we’ll stay all week.  There, we’ll help you assemble your bike and settle. A quick test spin roundtrip  the town of Venosc  before a home cooked French dinner to prep for the week ahead.

DAY  2 - Monday June 30
Time to start climbing!  After breakfast, we’re off on a 64 mile loop to over two cols – La Morte  and Ornon - all typically pastoral Isere climbs.   A perfect warm up for the week to come.    La Morte is a steady shaded climb and Ornon takes you through a remote pristine valley.  105 km / 1877m climbing

DAY 3 Tuesday July 1
Today we’ll continue riding some “local” rides .  Our first challenge will be the 2 Alpes before heading across to Alpe d’Huez on roads that are literally carved out of cliffs above Bourg d’Oisans.  The idea is to build up our climbing legs as the week progresses while enjoying some breathtaking views.  85 km / 2,065 m climbing

DAY  4  Wednesday July 2
Today we start reconnoitering the Marmotte course.  We’ll start with a 1h drive over the Col de Glandon to  the town of St.Etienne de Cuines where we will start riding on the Marmotte course up the Maureinne valley, up the Telegrpahe and Galibier before the 50km cruise down to Bourg d’Oisans.     115 km / 2580 m climbing

DAY 5 Thusrday July 3
Having now ridden most of the Marmotte course already today we’ll ride up the Col de Croix de Fer and the Glandon directly after breakfast.  They’re just a few kms apart so why not bag 2 climbs rather than just one.  No need for a van transfer today.       85 km / 1590 m climbing

DAY 6 Friday July 4
Fresh after breakfast we’ll ride up Alpe d’Huez taking a bit of time to enjoy it…as best we can leaving abit of juice in our legs for La Marmotte.  Once at Alpe we’ll pick-up our race bibs have a lieusurely lunch enjoying the view before coasting down to our base in Bourg.  The rest of the afternoon will be focused on R & R and keeping the legs up!      40 km / 1115 m  climbing

DAY  7Saturday, July 5
The big day.  We’ve been building up to this all week andyou’ve been training for several months.  The start is just a few kms up the road and DuckStore will help sort out all last minute needs before heading off to prepare a first personal food stop on top of the Col de Glandon.  DuckStore riders will also benefit from a 2nd personal food stop  before Alpe d’Huez.  We’ll then meet you at the finish for a celebratory beer before heading back down for a final celebration in what has become our mountain cycling home in Bourg d’Oisans.  174 km / 5000m climbing

DAY  8 Sunday, July 6
After a breakfast as grand as your surroundings, we’ll help you pack up your bike. Then it’s into our air-conditioned vans for the 90 minute shuttle back to Lyon airport where we’ll say ‘au revoir’… but not goodbye!