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Marmotte Gran Fondo Alps 2024

June 30

Riders at the finish line of Marmotte Gran Fondo Alpes

A Profile of the Prestigious Alpine Challenge

The Marmotte Gran Fondo Alps 2024 is not just a cycling event; it’s a legend in amateur cycling, revered for its grueling challenge and breathtaking scenery. This cyclosportive, one of the most significant one-day cycling events in the Alps, provides a rigorous test over some of France’s most legendary mountain passes.   The event is produced by premier organizer Cycling Classics, known for producing top-tier pro and amateur cycling events, primarily in France, including the Marmotte Gran Fondo Series.

Route Profile and Challenges

The route covers 177 kilometers and includes a daunting 5,000 meters of elevation gain. The journey begins at dawn in the heart of Bourg d’Oisans. From the flat stretches that warm up the legs, cyclists soon face the Col du Glandon, a climb known for its uneven ascent. Safety is paramount, with a neutralized descent allowing riders to manage this tricky descent.

Following this, the course hits the Maurienne Valley, where the real challenge begins with climbs like the Télégraphe and the Galibier, each offering stunning alpine views and tough ascents. After descending the Col du Lautaret, riders finally climb up the iconic 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. This last ascent is notorious, with gradients hitting 13% in places, making for a punishing finish. Each participant who crosses the finish line experiences exhaustion and elation, completing one of the most challenging rides available to amateur cyclists.

Bourg d’Oisans: The Host Town

Bourg d’Oisans serves as the starting point for this epic ride. Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, this town is not only the gateway to the Alpe d’Huez but also a vibrant community bustling with cycling fans each year as they converge for the event. It’s the perfect backdrop for such an epic race, offering scenic beauty and various services to support the cycling community.

Event Details and Logistics

The event is meticulously organized, with several days allocated for participants to pick up their start numbers and explore the expo village at Alpe d’Huez Palais des Sports. The race is segmented into different starting groups, ensuring a smooth flow of riders onto the course. Post-race, participants can enjoy a communal Pasta Party and the prize ceremony, a well-deserved celebration after such a tough ride.

The Marmotte Gran Fondo Alpes is more than just a race; it’s a bucket-list experience for serious cyclists. It combines intense physical challenges with some of Europe’s most spectacular landscapes, offering an unparalleled opportunity for those looking to test their limits in a historic setting.

For more details on registration and the event schedule, visit the Marmotte Granfondo Alpes website.

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