La Marmotte is the original sportive. A legendary 174 km road cycle race, featuring 5,000m of height gain, riders conquer jagged Alpine climbs made famous by the Tour de France. Starting from Bourg d'Oisans, this famous race starts with a climb of the Col du Glandon with views of the crystal waters of Lac de Grand Maison. It's then over the Col du Télégraphe before heading up the Galibier. From there, you have an awesome 30km downhill before finishing on the 21 hair-pins of Alpe d'Huez.
DAY 1Fri 06/07/2018 - Arrival into Geneva
We recommend that you fly to Geneva. If you have booked a transfer, Love Velo will collect you from the airport and take you to the hotel in Alpe d'Huez. The hotel is very close to the race village.
DAY 2Sat 07/07/2018 - Warm up and Register
Today is a day to spin your legs and also go to the race village which to register.To pick up your registration pack and race number, you will require: 1. Your medical certificate or race licence. The certificate must be dated and not older than 1 year from the date of the event. 2. Your completed Je Roule Propre form. 3. Your passport or personal identification card. Please note that Love Velo is unable to pick up your race pack and number for you.
DAY 3Sun 08/07/2018 - Race Day
It's an early start this morning. Breakfast is served from approximately
5.15am and you must be in your start pen between 6-7am. You will be cycling down Alpe D'Huez to the start so please remember to bring warm clothes for what is a cold descent. Race face on, good luck!
DAY 4Mon 09/07/2018 - Departure
If you have booked a transfer, Love Velo will take you back to the airport.
Home to some of the most iconic climbing in Europe, the Alps offers famous climb after famous climb with Alpe D'Huez and its 21 hairpins being the most revered.
Climb the Glandon, the Telegraphe and the Galibier and experience the euphoria of conquering passes and climbs conquered by legends of the Tour.
The Alps are best ridden from the early summer months of May and June,
through to autumn. Any earlier or later is difficult as the temperature in the
mountains is likely to be cold with the threat of bad weather.
It is important that you
check the weather before you go as even with this information, unseasonable
weather can catch the best of cyclists out. Although irregular, it is not
unheard of for some cols and passes to sometimes be closed due to inclement
weather in the summer so check before you travel.
Your stay will be at the Royal Ours Blanc Hotel in Alpe D'Huez. The hotel is brilliantly located for the race finish and the race village. We can upgrade your room or offer single occupancy, subject to availability. Just ask our cycling experience team when you make your enquiry.
The Marmotte is 174km of tough riding across some monumental climbs. We have the route in GPX format for you to download to your GPS enabled device.. The race is held on partially closed roads but you should ride carefully as you will see the odd car coming up a climb as you descend.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. Please note that sportives can often be classed as races by insurers and so you need to ensure you are covered to race. The insurance should also as a minimum cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.