Since 1982, the French Alps have been the breath-taking backdrop for the iconic bike ride La Marmotte Granfondo Alpes. The 174km course and the climb of more than 5200m makes this challenge a once in a life time experience. With no less than 7500 participants, you’ll take on from Bourg d’Oisans with its extreme mountain passes such as the Glandon, Télégraphe and Galibier, and you’ll finish in the village via the 21 famous hairpin bends of L’Alpe d’Huez.
La Marmotte Granfondo Alpes starts at sunrise in the heart of the charming Bourg d’Oisans with an excited and supportive crowd looking on. Once the starting signal sounds, the tension soon makes way for adrenalin as they cyclists begin the challenge. After a 10km flat ride, the first real test appears on the horizon – the 1924m climb of the Col du Glandon.
A long but gradual climb over 20km with a few steep passages that reach up to a 10% incline. After reaching the top of the climb, you’ll have the opportunity to recover and to prepare for the technical and rapid descent. Once the descent is completed, there is another steady incline through the Maurienne Valley.
Average gradient: 4.1%
Maximum gradient: 13.6%
Saint Michel de Maurienne is the starting point for the toughest challenge of the day, the double climb of the Télégraphe and the Galibier, over 2000m high across a 35km ride. The climb of the Galibier is marked by its white snowy flanks and takes the riders in the descent over Col du Lautaret to Bourg d’Oisans again.
Average gradient: 5,5%
Maximum gradient: 11,3%
The famous 21 hairpin bends of l’Alpe d’Huez put the tired legs of the riders through their final test. All the participants will follow the path of the pros as they fight their way up the 1804m climb before crossing the finish line with an inevitable mixture of happiness, relief, pain and pride.
Average gradient: 7,8%
Maximum gradient: 13,0%
Sunweb is official accommodation partner of this event. You have the choice between different accommodations in Alpe d’Huez. The prices of these accommodations can change during the season, use the links below to view the current offer.
Booking the holiday and the accommodation is available through the Sunweb website. For more information regarding the accommodations and the prices please use the links below.
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Although a grandfondo is a cycling even for amateurs, the distance and the altitude of the Marmotte Granfondo Alpes means that we would not recommend even a more experienced cyclist to participate in this event without the proper training. The majority of the participants will not be racing cyclists but will still be well-trained and well-prepared for this difficult challenge.
Important: A medical certificate is required in order to participate in the challenges. You will need to ask your GP (general practitioner) how one can be obtained. An example of a medical certificate can be downloaded here.
We provide clothing for all weather conditions. You can decide which clothing you will wear on the cycling days at the event.
Please be aware that even in warm and clear weather it can still be cold at the top of the mountains. Please ensure you have a wind-resistant jacket and suitable items to cover your arms and legs.
To register your participation and book an accommodation you will need to use the links below to the accommodation pages on the Sunweb website. You can choose which type of accommodation you wish to sleep in and reserve your entry ticket for the challenge in step 2 of the booking.
The price displayed on the Sunweb website is exclusively for those who will also participate in the event. The accommodation can also be booked for people who do not wish to participate in the cycling event.
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