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La Marmotte 2014

Warning! ADVANCED (even for advanced riders!) race in the French Alpes: 174km and 5000 meters climbing.

Some of us already commited to do this race after we all did a very succesfull Quebrantahuesos earlier this year. Now it's time to act! Only few days left before the registration opens so act quickly if you want to participate.

Wikipedia:

La Marmotte is an annual, one-day cyclosportive event in France for amateur cyclists. Having begun in 1982, it is thought to be the first ever cyclosportive and also remains one of the most popular today in Europe, with interest exceeding the 7000 places available. It is named after the large ground squirrel that is known to inhabit the slopes of the final climb to Alpe d'Huez.

Covering a distance of 174.4 km (108.4 mi) and with 5,180 m (16,990 ft) of climbing, the route is considered to be one of the hardest of any cyclosportive and comparable to any of the most challenging high mountain stages of the Tour de France. Several famous Tour de France mountains feature; the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and the final ascent of the legendary Alpe d'Huez. Le Bourg d'Oisans hosts the start of the event.

 

Thanks to René for sharing his experience in the registring process:

Inscription for Marmotte starts Monday, November 4th in the afternoon. http://www.sportcommunication.info/web2010/index.php?langue=2 Spots will be sold out fast as every year, and you may experience problems with connecting to the page. Be careful to inscribe to the correct Marmotte (Marmotte GranFondo), and not La Mi Marmotte or La Rando Marmotte.

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  • Jorrit R.

    Well done men! Respect for the suffering an conquering the Alps in this extreme way! Envy...

    3 · July 7, 2014

  • Hollis D.

    Enjoyed the weekend w excellent company. They don't call them the 'cols of courage' for nothing so chapeau to all for completing a tough ride. Francesc get well soon. And Darren happy Marmotte retirement. #salute

    2 · July 7, 2014

  • René

    Hi guys,

    The weather picture for Bourg d'Oisans is not too optimistic at the time (rain and thunder....). From previous years, I know that it can still change to the better. But... make sure to bring a little of everything in clothing, so that you can make a last minute decision on what to wear on race day! It can be cold and rainy, or it can be terribly hot...

    http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-france/le-bourg-d-oisans/38520

    June 29, 2014

  • Darren

    Hi All, Can we get a count of how many cars and how many tents?

    Armed with that information I will try and get a firm booking from the campsite. Thanks!

    June 11, 2014

    • Hollis D.

      Hey D, the lady I spoke to said they don't take campsite reservations for 2 nights. She said just to show up; that there will be room so don't sweat this piece.

      June 12, 2014

    • Darren

      Okay. Sounds good.

      June 12, 2014

  • Hollis D.

    Jorrit is not going to make it this year so if anyone is interested in his race number get in touch. Michel that makes you the lone Dutchie. Transportation might be a little tight having lost 2 cars but I'll look at it more closely later. FYI to the group.

    June 12, 2014

  • René

    Some of you may already know La Marmotte? After finishing the last two editions, I have the route more or less printed in my mind :-) I also did a few important mistakes, especially the first time. So, when we get closer to racing day, I will be more than happy to share my experiences, and pass on the small hints that I think will be useful for a succesful day for all of us. It is a special race, but frankly, I think everybody can do it, especially if you have already tried e.g. Quebrantahuesos. Most important is to "relax", find your own pace, and most of all ENJOY the fantastic scenery :-)

    3 · November 2, 2013

    • Justin W.

      Getting closer!! Please share your tips when you have a moment!

      1 · June 10, 2014

  • Hollis D.

    Hey everyone, just heard from Guido that his number is available if anyone is interested. I checked with Michael (Canada) who will have first dibs but otherwise Guido's number is up for grabs. If anybody knows anyone who may like to join our group please follow up with Guido directly.

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Guido O.

    Hi guys, I am thinking about making it a holiday and hang out around Alpe d´Huez for a few days before and maybe after the ride. Anyone interested in doing the same thing?

    November 14, 2013

    • Hollis D.

      Talk to Jorrit and Darren who are thinking same

      November 15, 2013

  • David

    Good luck guys! I need to do one quebrantahuesos first so I cannot join you I am afraid, don't try to run before you can walk, will be thinking about you on the day!

    November 14, 2013

  • francesc

    Took me a few goes but registration's done. I've only been in smaller cyclosportives. It's going to be a big thing.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Hollis D.

    Just registered ... go boys!

    ps, we should have done our homework they do have group registration apparently

    November 4, 2013

    • Hollis D.

      From Darren: When I rode La Marmotte in 2006, we stayed here:

      http://clavans.com/ap...­

      It's in a tiny village on the descent over the back of Alp D'huez. Lovely place. There's one auberge/restaurant who made great food. We didn't book until April and were the only cyclists staying there!

      1 · November 4, 2013

    • Justin W.

      Looks like a good choice to me.

      November 4, 2013

  • francesc

    Hi! Tried a few times, no success. Wish me luck next time, I cannot miss that. See you all soon.

    November 4, 2013

  • René

    I'm in too... So far webpage works better than last year, maybe because not everybody is aware that registration starts 1 month earlier than other years (it used to be 1 December), so less pressure this afternoon.

    November 4, 2013

  • Jorrit R.

    I'm in! Credit card is still burning hot...

    2 · November 4, 2013

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