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  • Private tour only
  • Fully supported
  • 5 days / 4 nights
  • 270km, 7,600m ascent
  • Marmotte Sportive route
  • Alpe d'Huez, Galibier & more
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Full circuit of the Marmotte Sportive and more including Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Glandon, Madeleine, Montvernier & Chaussey

Available exclusively as a private tour, the Marmotte Tour route traces a full circuit of the infamous Marmotte Sportive, starting and finishing in Morzine.

  • Ride deep into the heart of the French Alps
  • Climb 7,600m in three days
  • Mount the podium at the top of Alpe d’Huez
  • Stand in awe of the ethereal views from Galibier at 2600m

Half-board accommodation is included throughout in exceptional cycle-friendly hotels with a delicious 3 or 4 course meal every evening and a substantial breakfast every morning (always with plenty of carbs). We will also provide your transfers from Geneva airport – just get to Geneva and we will do the rest!

Each day on tour you will ride two world-class climbs. Expect to climb from a lush warm summer Alpine valley surrounded by every hue of green to find yourself, after a long and grueling ascent, surrounded by snow-capped peaks in a wilderness on top of the world. Tuck in to a spine-tingling descent for an entire kilometre vertical, and then do it all again.

We have a maximum of 14 guest places on this tour, with a support team of two riders, two vehicles and a mechanic. Our staff in support minibuses continually leap-frog the group with chilled water, High 5 energy gels & bars, fresh & dried fruit, Haribos, spare kit etc., and are on hand to assist with mechanical issues should they occur. Feel free to hitch a ride if you would prefer to save yourself for later. We manage the group so that everyone can ride at the pace that they are comfortable with, and will regroup regularly, and always at the top of a col.

We are not here to beast you, but rather to encourage you, and share in the challenge and triumph of the conquest. We dine together every evening to celebrate the latest victories and share the stories of the day, and maintain a high staff to guest ratio to ensure your needs are always well catered for.

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Itinerary – Marmotte Tour

Day 1, Wednesday (Morzine) – No fixed program

  • We collect you from Geneva airport and transfer to Morzine
  • Assemble bikes
  • Opportunity to test the legs on a local climb or two

Day 2, Thursday (Morzine to St Jean de Maurienne)

  • 90km & 2,700 ascent
  • Minibus via Albertville to near Feissons sur Isere
  • Climb Col de la Madeleine then descend to La Chambre
  • Climb the 17 hairpins of Montvernier followed by Col du Chaussy
  • Descend to St Jean de Maurienne for our overnight stop

Day 3, Friday (St Jean de Maurienne to Venosc)

  • 95km & 2,500m ascent
  • Climb the classic Col de Telegraphe and Col du Galibier
  • 45km descent down Col du Lautarets
  • Overnight stop near Venosc

Day 4, Saturday (Venosc to Morzine)

  • 85km & 2,400m ascent
  • Climb the 21 hairpins of the L’Alpe followed by the Col du Glandon from south
  • Complete the full circuit of the Marmotte sportive with the fabulous descent to St Etiennes de Cuines
  • Return to Morzine by minibus

Day 5, Sunday, Departure day

  • It’s time to pack up the bikes and then transfer to Geneva airport
  • If you wish, feel free to book a later flight to allow more time for some last rides in the Morzine area

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