La Marmotte

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I’ve just added La Marmotte (4 July 2009) to the calendar. No turning back now…

I decided to ride La Marmotte while staying with Joe in September. He’s ridden it before, at least a couple of times, and at his most recent attempt came 80th out of 8000. Top 1% – a truly phenomenal effort. In Joe’s view, La Marmotte – not L’√Čtape – is the French cyclosportive to do.

Here are a couple of accounts:

So that’s the big target basically – my plan is going to be focussed on this event, although I hope to enter further races / sportives later next summer.

5 Responses to “La Marmotte”

  1. Legs, Feeling No Pressure » Campagnolo Neutron Ultras March 7th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    […] which is disappointing, but I blame the beast of a cassette (Centaur 13-29) I’ve fitted with La Marmotte in mind. This is one component that will be worth its weight […]

  2. Mark Drinkwater April 15th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    That’s not the profile of the route you’ll be doing. The Col du Glandon is the first climb

  3. Al April 15th, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Thanks Mark – time to revise that profile!

  4. Al May 5th, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Just to clear this up – on some sites the Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer are referred to in the same breath – e.g. http://www.steephill.tv/2006/alpe-d-huez/. My understanding is that the above profile is correct, i.e. the first big hill IS the Glandon. When riding you reach the summit of the Glandon first, then it’s 2.5km to the top of La Croix de Fer.

  5. Legs, Feeling No Pressure » Tour du Mont Blanc cyclo April 12th, 2010 at 6:30 am

    […] La Marmotte, by comparison with this epic enduro, is 174km, with 5000m of climbing. That, emphatically, was enough. I am in awe of the difficulty of this kind of race; I do know the mental and physical problems of riding them; and for those reasons, I’m out. […]

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