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La Marmotte

Le Bourg d'Oisan, France

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Cycling holidays made easy - Sportive Breaks takes you to the best climbs, routes and sportives in Europe without the hassle. Join our team of expert guides, mechanics and local hosts and discover some of the best riding on the planet!
Our packages include 3 / 4 nights accommodation in Alpe d'Huez, entry to La Marmotte, and return transfers from Lyon.

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.


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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.


We will lead a short guided ride down to Bourg d'Oisans and back up via Villard Reculas. We will leave at 9am and aim to be back by lunch so you have the afternoon to relax. We will be having a (slightly competitive) game of boules if you want to join. In the evening we will have a race briefing where you can drop off anything you want us to store at our feed stop.


Race day. Our entries are in pens 1 to 3 and we will have feed stations near the top of the Galibier.


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

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.


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