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Best Time of Year: April - October
Marmotte Sportive Classic Challenge Ride
An epic challenge that will test your powers of endurance, strength and mental toughness. This is not for the faint hearted, you will climb, climb and climb some more as we tackle the mighty La Marmotte route. These most iconic climbs to feature regularly in the Tour de France - The Lacets de Montvernier, Col de Croix de Fer, Alpe d'Huez & the Col de Galibier, Lauteret and Telegraphe. Your legs will be screaming, your lungs will be bursting and heart will be racing!
Covering a distance of approx 194 km (120 mi) and with 5,687 m (18658 ft) of climbing, the route is considered to be one of the hardest of any cyclosportive and comparable to 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. Come and join Grand Tour Cycling for this classic sportive challenge.
We will transfer from Geneva airport to Saint Jean de Maurienne - we will set up base here. That evening we will be well fed and have an ealry night ready to take on the Marmotte route the following morning. We will ride the route starting from the hotel and valiantly returning with nearly 200km and many Cols in our legs.
A second night's accomodation in Saint Jean de Maurienne will allow some time to rest before returning home the following day.
Day 1 - Outbound Day & Bike Check
You may either fly into Geneva or meet us directly at the hotel. Evening meal, bike set up and ride briefing.
Day 2 - The BIG one
An early start this morning to make the most of daylight hours. Here we go - the most epic one day classic route - 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. We will tick them all off as we take on this 180km course with over 5000 metres of climbing. Exhausted we return to our hotel for celebratory drinks.
Day 3 - Farewell to the Alps - breakfast, and transfer to Geneva airport or train station, before heading home, with weary legs, but epic memories of stunning mountain roads!
2 nights good quality B&B accommodation. We will be using twin rooms. Single rooms available on request. Dinners are not included, but are taken in nearby restaurants.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
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Included In Trip
Route & Navigational Planning.
Experienced International Cycle Leader.
Support Vehicle and Mechanical Back Up.
2 nights Accommodation (inc Breakfast).
Excluded From Trip
Lunches and evening meals.
Personal insurance cover.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
You must stay within range of either your cycling leader or the support vehicle at each stage of the ride. Briefings will be made the day before. You must always wear your helmet. Your leader is First Aid Qualified - and will carry a first aid kit. There will also be a support vehicle available in case of emergency - but this is only useful if you are in contact with the vehicle / leader. The leader will attempt to ride towards the front of the group for this ride, and the support vehicle towards the back. The team will regroup at the start and end of each climb on this ride.
Mild warm and sunny weather. Be prepared for hot and sunny conditions - so be prepared to protect against the sun. Equally however, we could get unlucky! The higher mountain cols, even in summer can get very chilly, so pack rain jackets and warmer clothes too, just in case!
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