La Marmotte

In the  words of Alan Partridge’s Geordie friend Michael  – “sometimes it makes you wonder what it’s all aboot”.

15 things you probably knew already
  1. The Marmotte is an event for amateur riders in the French Alps
  2. It is about 175km long and covers 3 famous ‘hors categorie’ climbs – the hardest categorisation
  3. It’s widely considered the hardest one-day amateur ride
  4. The course is the same every year
  5. It is not the more familiar ‘Etape du Tour’ which is a different stage of the Tour de France also open to amateurs.  The tour route changes each year and so does the Etape
  6. The Marmotte is, ignoring weather conditions, a harder ride than the Etape
  7. The climbs are the Glandon, Telegraphe, Galibier and Alpe D’Huez
  8. The Telegraphe and Galibier combine to form one monster climb
  9. The total climb for the ride is about 5,000 metres or 16,500 feet
  10. The ride starts in Bourg D’Oisans and finishes at the summit in Alpe D’Huez
  11. The ride includes two spectacular descents off the Glandon and Galibier
  12. About 7,000 riders start the event each year.  Less finish
  13. The Galibier is a monster.  Tour-creator Degranges said of it – “all other climbs are gnat’s piss”
  14. It would not be unexpected to consume 8,000 calories during the ride
  15. The ride, like many ski runs in the area, is named after the small animals that live on the mountains

 

The Galibier – no photograph can do it justice!

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Climb Stats
Climb

Length

Gradient

Total Climb

Link
Glandon

24km

4.8%

1,150m

[more info]
Telegraphe

12km

7.3%

850m

[more info]
Galibier

18km

6.9%

1,250m

[more info]
Alpe D’Huez

13km

8.1%

1,070m

[more info]
Total

67km

6.4%

4,300m

 
 
Marmotte 2008

My account from the ride last year.

No Comments on “La Marmotte”

  1. 1 Davem said at 7:49 pm on June 30th, 2009:

    Just done the full 3d tour in google earth which makes it look strangely easy

  2. 2 Paul Nixon said at 7:52 pm on June 30th, 2009:

    Add the link as a comment – I’ve tried to find a decent ‘fly-over’ before and not found anything satisfactory.

  3. 3 Davem said at 8:53 pm on June 30th, 2009:

    It wasn’t a fly over I had to navigate my own way round but I used the google earth links from the climbmybike links as a base