La Marmotte Classic Sportive Picture 1
La Marmotte Classic Sportive Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: April - October

Max alt:  2565

Dist:  194km

Min age:  18

Duration:  3

Marmotte Sportive Classic Challenge Ride

Bike Adventure

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!


Route Map


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.




Medical Issues

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.


Visas / Redtape

When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website ( for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact


Included In Trip

Route & Navigational Planning.

Experienced International Cycle Leader.

Support Vehicle and Mechanical Back Up.

First Aiders.

Luggage Transfer.

2 nights Accommodation (inc Breakfast).


Excluded From Trip


Lunches and evening meals.

Personal insurance cover.


Equipment Required

Kit lists specific to your trip dates and location will be issued upon enquiry...below is our guide advice to give an idea of what you should bring on a multi--day ride in Europe

Bike Items
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)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant


Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.

Cycle  Clothing
Padded Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, or Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes or sturdy traners suitable), 

Spare Shoes/Sandals for after ride

Casual Evening Wear - tracksuits, jeans, T shirts, fleece ...

Waterproof Clothing
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, chargers, EU plug adaptor, 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. It is advisable to check that your travel insurance covers the value of any expensive items of kit that you chose to bring along with you. 

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure


Safety Information

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!


Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.


Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

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