La Marmotte cyclosportive – a challenging day of riding in the French Alps
La Marmotte is a famous cyclosportive race that takes place annually in the French Alps. A true test for your climbing legs with over 5000m/19000ft of climbing – have you got what it takes to try this ride out. Rider numbers for the La Marmotte Cyclosportive are capped at 7000 participants and each year the event is a sell-out with many people keen to sign up to this challenge.
The Marmotte cyclosportive first began in 1982 and tackles no less than 4 Hors Categorie climbs all up. Starting off with the climb of the Glandon before taking on the Telegraph, Galibier, and then finishing at the summit of Alpe d’Huez. Hence, this route will make for a very long day in the saddle and is for the more experienced rider. For more information about the Marmotte cyclosportive itself check out the official website here.
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Distance: 177km / 110.4mi
Start elevation: 720m / 2,364ft
Max elevation: 2,642m / 8,668ft
Metres climbed: 5,887m / 19,314ft
Metres descended: 5,887m / 19,314ft
Categorised climbs: 4
The summit of the Galibier serves as the high point of the Mamotte cyclosportive course.
Food and water
When taking on a challenge of this size nutrition and water are extremely important. During the Marmotte event, there are set feed stations where you can refuel. If you choose to tackle this ride outside of the event you will be able to refuel for food and water at the following places:
- Le Rivier d’Allemont
- Col du Lauteret (at the base of the Galibier)
- A day spent climbing and testing yourself against the very best amateurs in the world.
- Taking on no less than 4 big alpine climbs in a single ride.
Bourg-d’Oisans is the starting point of the Marmotte.
Col de la Croix de Fer
Length: 29km / 18mi
Average gradient: 4.6%
Start point: Allemond
Elevation at top: 2,067m / 6,781ft
Col du Telegraph
Length: 11.3km / 7mi
Average gradient: 7.5%
Start point: Saint Michelle de Maurienne
Elevation at top: 1,566m / 5,138ft
Col du Galibier
Length: 18km / 11.2mi
Average gradient: 6.87%
Start point: Valloire
Elevation at top: 2,642m / 8,668
Length: 13.2km /
Average gradient: 8.1%
Start point: Borg d’Oisains
Elevation at top: 1,815m / 5,955ft