One of the best known Gran Fondos in the world: Core Cycling looks forward to welcoming you for a long weekend of challenging riding and great company,where you can gain the satisfaction of completing this amazing event.
2nd – 6th July 2020
Due to La Marmotte Alpes Event selling out so quickly this trip will need to be confirmed in November 2019
Flying in to Grenoble (confirmed nearer the time), you will be picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel, local to the event start. On the Friday we will ride a couple of the local mountains together, taking in the stunning views and enjoying time on the bikes in this challenging terrain. High probability of a cafe stop along the way! We will return each day to relax at the hotel before going out to the local amenities for an evening meal.
On the Saturday prior to the event we will undertake a short recovery ride before lunch. After visiting Alpe D’Huez to sign on for the event, free time can be enjoyed as desired at the hotel or in the local area.
On the Sunday of the event, we will drop down from the hotel, ride the short distance to the race start and then complete the event. Consisting of the Col du Glandon, the Col du Telegraph, the Col du Galibier and the legendary Alpe D’Huez, this event provides challenge and the excitement of riding mountains that regularly feature in the Tour de France.
After a celebratory evening meal and a good night’s sleep you will return home on the Monday.
We will stay just down the other side of Alpe D’Huez in Oz-en-Oisan.
A great apartment with a swimming pool if we want to use it. It has some great restaurants around it and a lovely atmosphere. A little quieter than that of Alpe D’Huez on this weekend.
The Sign on area will be a hive of activity though so bring some Euros if you want to buy a new jersey, shorts, Helmet etc. Even a new bike maybe!!!
La Marmotte Alpes
The first weekend in July is usually the date reserved for La Marmotte Alpes, one of the
oldest, original and legendary of cyclosportives first ran in 1982. 5,000 metres of climbing
over 174km and including some of the most mythical climbs in world cycling including the
Glandon, Telegraphe, Galibier and the famous 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez, it’s certainly not a
challenge to be underestimated, nor can you really “blag” your way through it.
Anyway, I like a challenge so when Nick said he was organizing a trip I jumped at the chance.
A very early start Thursday morning for the long drive down, finally reaching our destination
of Oz en Oisans late evening. Friday was a fairly full on day of riding, whilst Saturday was a
day of registering for the event, a nice lunch in Bourg d’Oisans followed by a short recovery
ride where someone managed to forget their bib shorts (me!!!)
Event day itself meant an early start, and a descent to Bourg d’Oisans, get huddled in pens
and await the off. The day was incredibly hard but so enjoyable at the same time,
impeccably organised and feed stations were well stocked, never running out of anything as
far as I could tell. The climbs are tough but nothing that can’t be conquered with the right
training and commitment, and the feeling of elation at the finish will last a lifetime.
Nick did a fantastic job of organising, great accommodation and hassle free as far as the entry
process is concerned, can’t recommend his events enough.
2020 La Marmotte anyone??
Peterborough PE4 5AQ
Tel: 07912 065 481