This is an alpine sportive that climbs Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and L'Alpe d'Huez. There is also the Ultrafondo, which starts at 5am and tackles Alpe d'Huez twice - totalling 226km with over 10000m of climbing; for more information on this, see the Marmotte Granfondo Alpes website.
I've added the official ultrafondo route to routes.fun, along with waypoints and the invaluable route card creator: Ultrafondo Marmotte Alpes on cycling.routes.fun and Granfondo Marmotte Alpes on cycling.routes.fun.
You can also use a Marmotte Alpes 2023 dotwatcher to track your ride whilst you're on it, and share the tracker with your friends & family.
I'm travelling from the east of England, and have opted to do it by land and sea:
Since my accommodation is all guest houses and hotels, I will be able to travel light. I will need a change of cycling clothes and a lightweight bike bag (for the TGV), but everything should fit fine into my frame bags and saddle-pack.
My motivation for this is two-fold. I want to avoid flying if possible, because of the carbon footprint. I also don't want to just "parachute" into the Alps for the sportive and leave immediately after. This way I get to savour more of the French countryside, and make more of a holiday out of it. It will add a couple of days onto the entire trip, but the cost shouldn't be much more at all - especially once things like bike & airport transfers are taken into account. If you're thinking about doing the same sort of thing, do comment below with your plans and ideas!
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