The Croix de Fer, Galibier and then Alpe d'Huez in the 2004 Marmotte Event

Discussion in 'rec.bicycles.rides archive' started by Rstandring, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. Rstandring

    Rstandring Guest

    The crowds are lining the pavements and cheering in Bourg d'Oisans, and you feel ready for the last
    climb of the day. Your legs are tired as they have already taken you over the Col de la Croix de
    Fer, the Col de Telegraphe and the high point of the day, the 2646 metre Col du Galibier. The 50
    kilometre descent from the Galibier to Bourg d'Oisans has allowed your legs to recover ready for the
    final climb to Alpe d'Huez. There are only 14 kilometres of climbing up the most famous 21 hairpins
    in the world to the finishing line of the Marmotte event.

    The 174 kilometre Marmotte is a cycling event that is open to any rider and includes a course that
    takes a cyclist over some of the most famous climbs in the world. Starting from Bourg d'Oisans, the
    first climb is the 2067 metre Col de la Croix de Fer, followed by the 1577 metre Col de Telegraphe
    and then the 2646 metre Col du Galibier. The final climb is to 1850 metres in altitude, taking you
    to the Alpine ski resort of Alpe d'Huez. These are the climbs on which the Tour de France has been
    won and lost.

    In 2003, over 6,000 cyclists started the Marmotte event and in 2004 you can join them. Cycling-Ahead
    have put together a weeks itinerary to allow you to come to the French Alps and prepare and ride the
    Marmotte. The Marmotte tour is limited to a group of eight and we will spend the week preparing for
    the event in the mountains, before easing off and getting ready for the Marmotte.

    For more information on our 2003 Marmotte tour, visit the following link.

    Cycling-Ahead are based in the French Alps in Grenoble, and our main guide for this tour, Russell
    Standring, has ridden the event four times, finishing in 105th position in 2002. You will also have
    contact with local riders over the week allowing you valuable insight into the riding an event like
    the Marmotte.

    For more information, contact Cycling-Ahead at the following E-mail address: [email protected] and for information on all our 2004 tours including the Tour de France Explorer and
    Grenoble Explorer, visit our web site at: