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The Marmotte is an epic challenge in the heart of the French Alps, taking in some of the most famous Tour de France climbs.
We have been going to the Marmotte for more years than we care to admit and have a wealth of experience and advice to pass on to our clients – regarding the event and also riding in the Alps.
Whether you choose the Marmotte or the whole Trophee de l’Oisans, we guarantee it’ll be a trip to remember!
Marmotte special offer: self-drive packages from £575
With its awe-inspiring alpine climbs and outstanding atmosphere and scenery, taking part in the Marmotte is a fantastic experience for any cycling enthusiast – this video, courtesy of Duncan Gross of Switchback Publications, will give you an idea!
The Marmotte course includes: the col du Glandon (1,924m), col du Télégraphe (1,570m), col du Galibier (2,645m), and the all-conquering Alpe d’Huez (1,880m). The Marmotte is now back to its original route, having had to change course in 2015 due to a landslide.
In 2016 98% of our entrants managed to finish this epic course, a fantastic achievement. But this event is one of the toughest sportives in the world, and is not to be undertaken lightly. You will need to prepare for the challenge!
All packages include 3 nights half-board (bed, breakfast and dinner) in a lovely family-run hotel in Alpe d’Huez, just 400 metres from the finish of the Marmotte, as well as entry to the Marmotte and the support and guidance of the Stuart Hall Cycling staff.
Please note that since we stay at a traditional ski-hotel, there are no single rooms, and you will need to share – there are a variety of 2, 3 and 4-person rooms.
We are taking bookings now – a £100 deposit per person is required to secure the booking.
For those requiring airport transfers: we will collect and return people to Geneva airport on Friday and Monday, respectively.
Transfers between Geneva and Alpe d’Huez take 3 hours so please ensure you book flights that fit with these transfer times. We regret that we are unable to accommodate other arrival or departure times.
We will also be offering a bike transfer service from London to Alpe d’Huez for £70 per bike; please contact us for further details.
We guarantee race numbers between 2000 – 4000: i.e. in the second wave which usually starts at 7.30am.
Spend a further 5 days in the Alps and bag a few more Alpine cols. We will be transferring from Alpe d’Huez to Chantemerle providing you with the opportunity to ride a new set of famous climbs including col de la Bonnette (2,715m), col d’Izoard (2,630m), col Agnel (2,744m) and col de Vars (2,108m). Return flights should be booked from Toulouse airport on 8 July.
And if that still leaves you hungry for more, join us in the Pyrenees from 8-15 July! Test your legs on the Pyrenean climbs (which do you think are harder?) and see how the pros do it in the Tour de France. A true summer of cycling to remember!
Please contact me for further details.