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. Our super domestiques support our leaders up the Glandon, along the valley and up the Telegraph & Galibier. We have 3 private feed stops to support you all the way round.
On Saturday we have a short warm up spin before running through a pre race briefing. On Sunday night we celebrate back at the hotel before heading back on Monday.
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!
Arrival Day FridayAlpe d'Huez
Warm Up Day SaturdayAlpe d'Huez
Race Day SundayAlpe d'Huez
Departure Day Monday
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.
From Bourg d'Oisans to Alpe d'Huez
Getting to La Marmotte
The closest airport to Alpe d'Huez is Lyon about two hours away. Our transfers leave Lyon on Friday at 10.30,& 17.45. Our driver will be waiting in arrivals. Please book flights to arrive at least 30 mins before these times. On Monday, return transfers arrive back in Lyon at 15.00 so please arrange flights departing 2 hours after these drop off times.
Hotel le Castillan
268 Route de la Poste, 38750 Huez, France
- Great location in Alpe d'Huez
- Friendly staff
- Good food
The perfect base for the Marmotte. Super friendly staff, a nice quiet location to get a good night sleep but still a short walk from the town centre.