MARMOTTE & GRIMPE L’ALPE D’HUEZ 2013 Cycling Holiday
Cyclo Sportive Event...
Thursday 4th to Monday 8th July 2013
(Dates to be confirmed)
The Gran Fondo La Marmotte is a classic cyclo sportive event based in the French Alps and an ideal excuse for a French cycling holiday. It is held over a classic cycling Alpine route that rivals the Etape du Tour. Sports Tours International is an Official Tour Operator to La Marmotte.
The Marmotte 174km Gran Fondo starts in Bourg d’Oisans and climbs the Col de la Croix Fer, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier before returning to Bourg d’Oisans and finishes up the 21 hairpin bend climb to the ski station of L’Alpe d’Huez. The following day you will have another chance to climb the 21 hairpin bend climb of L’Alpe d’Huez, this time in the Grimpe de L’Alpe, 13km mass participation cycling event from Bourg d’Oisans to the ski station of L’Alpe d’Huez. Each Marmotte rider will be given their personal time.
There's a great article worth reading on the Road Cycling UK about the Top 10 tips for La Marmotte.
La Marmotte requires all riders to provide a medical certificate. The form must be completed in full and legible and also stamped and signed by your doctor or GP.
Sports Tours International can accept no responsibilty for failure to comply with this instruction, and no refunds will be given.
Download La Marmotte entry/medical certificate form.
‘Please note that this date has not been 100% confirmed. Once it is confirmed in October, your package including entry will be applied to the confirmed date. We cannot be held responsible for loss of any flights you may have booked before the date has been confirmed by the organisers.’
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Thursday 4th July:
Arrive at our hotel or take the option to fly into Geneva Airport and make use of our transport. We will be operating one transfer coach at 15:30 from the airport to our hotel in Alpe d'Huez (£60 return). It takes around 3 hours to complete the journey to the hotel. Evening meal at your hotel.
Friday 5th July:
You need to register today and collect your race number for La Marmotte. Registration will be on Thursday between 14.00 and 20.00 and Friday from 10.00 until 20.00. This will be in the Palais de Sports in Alpe d'Huez. There will be plenty of time today to build your bike and make some last minute adjustments if required. Our staff will be on hand to assist you.
Private pasta party for Sports Tours at the Hotel Hermitage plus a race briefing by our representatives.
Saturday 6th July - Gran Fondo La Marmotte 2013
The start of La Marmotte is in Bourg d'Oisans, so after an early breakfast you ride down to the start, before undertaking the 174km of the 2013 Marmotte. As it can be chilly on the way down you will want to wear some warm clothes for the descent. We will take the clothes that you use for the descent from you and keep in our vehicle for you and take it back to the hotel.
Day bag service - You can give us anything that you want to have available in the race when you stop at our feed station so you don't have to carry it all the way with you. You have to sue the bag we give to you for this purpose. This could be clothes, food, energy drink etc.
Just like the Etape du Tour, there are rolling road closures, feed stops etc, before finishing in Alpe d'Huez. You will get your own personal time for the event, together with a classification. This is what people riding the Marmotte strive for - will you get a gold, silver or bronze? Our hotels are well situated in Alpe d'Huez, so you wont have too far to go afterwards from the finish. Upon return to your hotel, you can choose to do what you wish, so either relax or celebrate! Barbecue with buffet for tonight's meal.
Sunday 7th July - Grimpee de L'Alpe
Today, you will have the additional option of participating in the Grimpee de L'Alpe, a 13km event to get your very own time climbing Alpe d'Huez (this comes as part of our Marmotte entry should you select it). Ride your bike down to the start from the hotel.
Monday 8th July:
After breakfast, leave the hotel or opt for our transfer back to Geneva Airport, with it leaving at 07:00 and arriving at the airport around 10:00. We advise not booking flights before 12:00.
£359 per person, based on two people sharing a twin room.
Single supplement: £100.There are a limited number of triple rooms available. These have a £30 discount per person if three people book one room.
Return coach transfer between Geneva airport and the hotel: £60
Please note that you can only book this if you arrive at Geneva airport before 15h00. We will depart at 15h30.
Entry to 2013 La Marmotte (includes the Grimpee): £50 - limited number available
Twin to share:
Do you want to come and ride the Marmotte but your friends haven't put in the training? Do you want to come and ride the Marmotte but you are on your own and you don't want to pay the sole occupancy charge?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.
Included in your Basic travel package are:
- 4 nights accommodation at the hotel Hermitage in Alpe d'Huez on half board basis so breakfast and evening meals are included.
- Bike storage and mechanic station at the hotel.
- Private pasta party pre-race and post-race BBQ.
- Day bag service on race day.
- Services of the experienced Sports Tours International team in Alpe d'Huez.
- Private feed station on the route.
Not included (not exhaustive):
- Return airport transfers between Geneva airport and your accommodation for yourself and your bike and one normal-sized suitcase (Available as an extra)
- Your journey to France.
- Any meals and drinks and extras at your hotel not noted above.
- La Marmotte Entry fee (also includes entry into the Grimpee). Also available as an extra. We usually get allocated entries between 2000 - 4000 by the race organisers.
- Travel Insurance - highly recommended.
HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Visas are not required to enter France. You need a passport to enter France. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. General Travel Information is also available. All other non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for France.
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