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Gran Fondo La Marmotte 2014

3rd to 7th June 2014

Our travel packages for La Marmotte 2014 are either 3 or 4 night packages with our hotels in the centre of Alpe d'Huez itself which makes it easy for you to register and to get back to the hotel straight after the finish.

Please note that the Marmotte has now sold out on the official website. Get your entry and travel package before we sell out.

We offer a basic package with accommodation only but you can build your package with different options to suit your requirements. All packages include the services of our experienced Sports Tours representatives.

You have the option of adding coach transfers, starting and finishing at Geneva Airport, although you can obviously make your own way to our hotels in Alpe d'Huez as well.
We also offer guaranteed entries to this event when booked with a travel package.

Important Notice:
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.
Click on the followinglink for an online certification service:
Download La Marmotte entry/medical certificate form.
Alternatively, get a medical certificate from your GP. The form has to state that you are in a good physical condition and that you are able to take part in competitive cycling events.

Hotels:
Hotel La Belle Aurore - 3 night stay with Sunday departure
The Hotel Belle Aurore is in the centre of Alpe d'Huez. Breakfasts and evening meals are included when you stay at this hotel. You will be within walking distance of the Palais des Sports and the finish area. There is a mechanic and Sports Tours rep on hand at the hotel.

Sporthotel Beau Soleil - 4 night stay on half board with Monday departure
The Sporthotel Beau Soleil is at the top of the resort near the main ski gondola. The venue of the event registration and village is just donw the road at the Palais des Sports. The hotel has mountain venue and balcony rooms with south facing view available. You will stay here on half board. Our staff are based at this hotel for your convenience.

Chalet Hotel les Bruyeres - 4 night stay on half board with Monday departure
The Chalet Hotel Bruyeres is in the centre of Alpe d'Huez in the square at the top of the main shopping street. Breakfasts and evening meals are included when you stay at this hotel. You will be within walking distance of the Palais des Sports and the finish area. There is a mechanic and Sports Tours rep on hand at the hotel.

Hotel Alp Azur - 4 night stay on bed and breakfast with Monday departure
The Hotel Alp Azur is in the centre of Alpe d'Huez, next door to the Belle Aurore and Les Bruyeres. Breakfasts are included when you stay at this hotel. You will be within walking distance of the Palais des Sports and the finish area.

Planned itinerary for the 2014 event:

Thursday 3rd July - Arrival day
You will arrive at your hotel today or take the option to fly into Geneva Airport and make use of our transport. We will be operating one transfer at 14:00 from the airport to our hotels in Alpe d'Huez and another one at 19:00 (£89 return). It takes around 3 hours to complete the journey to the hotel. There will be a late meal at the hotel Belle Aurore and Bruyeres. Hotel Alp Azur is on bed and breakfast only so for the later one we advise you to have a bite to eat on the plane or at Geneva before getting on the coach.

Friday 4th July
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 des 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.

This evening there will be race briefings at each individual hotel.

Saturday 5th July - Gran Fondo La Marmotte 2014
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 2014 Gran Fondo La 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.

Sunday 6th July - La 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. Ride your bike down to the start from the hotel and try to set a PB on the timed ascent of the Alpe.

We will be running a transfer today back to Geneva airport. The bus will leave at 07:00 from Alpe d'Huez so please book flights after 12:00.

Monday 7th July:
After breakfast, leave the hotels 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 to book any flights before 12:00.

Useful Information:

Day bag service:
You can give us items that you want to have available in the race when you stop at our first STI support station at 1km from the summit of the Col du Galibier so you don't have to carry it all the way with you. You have to use the bag we give to you for this purpose. This could be food, energy drink etc. We will not be able to transport items in between different support stations on the day.
Please note that all these items have to be disposable or you need to use them as we can't bring them back.

Descent to Bourg d'Oisans:
In the morning it can be chilly on the way down to ths start. We can collect the items you use on the descent from you. We will be located 100m before the roundabout at the bottom of the Alpe d'Huez descent. Please note that we can not be held responsible for the loss of any valuable items so please don't put any valuables in the bags. We will not be able to transport items in between different support stations. The bags will be kept and delivered back at night.

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!

Massages:
Like in 2013, we will have massage therapists available pre- and post event. You can put your name down for this on arrival. The price last year was €20 for 20 minutes and payable locally.

Support stations:
We will do 2 STI support stations. Our first station will be at 1km from the top of the Galibier and we will have food and drink here as well as the items that you want to give us to have available for you. Our second support station will be on bend 7 on the final climb to Alpe d'Huez. We will have drinks and gels only here (and a friendly face and encouragement).

Please note that if you want to get round in a good time, it pays to be as self sufficient as possible and to keep stops quick and efficient.

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Hotel Belle Aurore - 3 nights:
£339 based on two people sharing a twin room.
£109 supplement for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room

Hotel Beau Soleil - 4 nights:
£469 based on two people sharing a twin south facing balcony room.

Chalet Hotel Les Bruyeres - 4 nights:
£419 per person based on two people sharing a twin room.
Single supplement of £139 for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room.

Hotel Alp Azur - 4 nights:
£359 per person, based on two people sharing a twin room.
£299 per person, based on three people sharing a triple room
Single supplement of £99 for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room.

Included in your Basic travel package are:

  • 3 or 4 nights accommodation at various different hotels with the mentioned board basis
  • Bike storage at each hotel and mechanical assistance
  • A Sports Tours International jersey and goodie bag
  • Day bag service on race day
  • Services of the experienced Sports Tours International team in Alpe d'Huez.
  • Private support stations on the route
  • Option to purchase guaranteed entry to the event

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)
  • UK bike transport service from various places in the UK. Available at £ return (Details coming soon)
  • La Marmotte Entry fee. Available as an extra at only £50 (includes chip rental)
  • La Grimpee entry fee. Available as an extra at £15 (includes chip rental)
  • Travel Insurance - highly recommended. Don't forget to insure your bike.

Available on all travel packages:
Return coach transfer between Geneva airport and the hotel: £89

NB. You have to tell us at time of booking if you want the 14:00 or the 19:00 airport transfer. There is a limited amount of spaces on each bus and full is full so if you don't let us know in advance and your chosen time is full, you may have to take the other transfer or we may be sold out.

Return transfers on Sunday and Monday will be straight after breakfast at 07.00 so please book your departure flights from about 12.00 to give us time for the journey back to Geneva and for the 2 hour check in.

Entry to 2014 La Marmotte: £80 (including timing chip) if booked with a travel package

Entry to the Grimpee de L'Alpe (with 4 night packages only!!): £15 (you will use the same chip as for the Marmotte)
After you finish the Marmotte (or the Grimpee), you will get your chip money refunded by the organisers.

Bike transfer service from the UK: £100

Entry only: Now available at £160 for entry to the Marmotte only so not to the Grimpee on the Sunday.

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.

UK BIKE TRANSPORT OPTION - NOW AVAILABLE
We are offering a UK Bike transport Service, where we take your bike from the UK down to France for each of the Etapes.
Your bike is insured whilst in our care but you need adequate travel insurance that covers your bike when it is in your care which includes when it is stored at the hotel.
Our UK bike transport has the following advantages:

  • A reasonable price
  • Guaranteed delivery of your bike...as opposed to risking it with airlines
  • No dragging around of your bike at the airport
  • Convenient collection points around the UK at Edinburgh, Stockton on Tees, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Slough and London Orpington
  • Drop your bike off a week before the Marmotte at one of our collection points. With up to a week to collect your bike after the return to the UK. Your bike will be available in the UK within a week after the event finishes.

Your bike needs to be in a bike box or in a bike bag.
The cost of this service is only £100 return, which is cheaper than the cost of flying with your bike with certain airlines.

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.

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Important Information:
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 available also.
All other non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for France.
For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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