La Marmotte

France 5th July La Marmotte

Race Distance


Race Elevation


Trip Dates

5th July

Price From

£699 pp

What's Included

(includes Race Entry, Airport Transfers from Lyon & breakfast and dinners).

La Marmotte

Travel Package

3 Nights in Hotel Castillan (includes Race Entry, Airport Transfers from Lyon & breakfast and dinners).

Return airport transfers from

Lyon (LYS)

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Race Overview
Route Information
Getting to La Marmotte
Hotel Information
Tour Overview

Race Overview

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.


Weekend Itinerary

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 Friday

Alpe d'Huez
Arrival day. Fly into Lyon where our team will meet you (transfers depart10.30am and 5.45pm) . The transfer takes just over 2 hourts. If you are on the earlier arrival, we will run a short (but punchy) guided ride down Alpe d'Huez, over the Balcons and back up the Sarenne departing Alpe d'Huez at 2.30pm. We will collect race packs and deliver them to you on the Friday.

Warm Up Day Saturday

Alpe d'Huez
We will lead a short guided ride down to Bourg d'Oisans via Villard Reculas and then up Alpe d'Huez. We will leave at 9am and aim to be back by lunch so you have the afternoon to relax and we hand out race packs. In the evening we will have a race briefing where you can drop off anything you want us to store at our feed stop.
Ride Distance 50 km.
Elevation Gain 1400 m.

Race Day Sunday

Alpe d'Huez
Race day. Our entries are in pens 1 so after an early breakfast we descend down to Bourg d'Oisans for the start. After the race we have a celebratory meal at the hotel. Our mechanics are on hand to help pack bikes before tomorrows transfer.
Ride Distance 172 km.
Elevation Gain 5100 m.

Departure Day Monday

Departure day, time your flights to leave after 5pm. Our transfer leaves Alpe D'huez at 12pm.
Route Overview

Route Overview

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.

Stage One

From Bourg d'Oisans to Alpe d'Huez

Ride Distance 172
Elevation Gain 5200
Getting There

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 Information

Hotel Information

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.



Directeur Sportif: Bryan Steel

Super Domestique: Taylor Gunman

Travel Packages

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3 Nights: 3 - 6th Jul 2020
Summary Price Quantity Total  
Hotel le Castillan Single Room - Half Board Marmotte Entry Return Transfers from Lyon
£749 £749 Book Now
Hotel le Castillan Twin Room - Half Board 2 x Marmotte Entry Return Transfers from Lyon
£1399 £1399 Book Now

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