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4 Night La Marmotte Gran Fondo 2022 - Prices from £489.00pp

4 Night La Marmotte Gran Fondo 2022

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Here at Destination Sport Experiences we are proud to be an official partner of La Marmotte. We have years of experience of organising travel packages to the Marmotte and we’re looking forward to welcoming amateur cyclists again in France on Sunday July 3rd in Alpe d’Huez.

Our team on the ground are local to the area and have years of experience to ensure that you get the most out of your Marmotte experience with us. Our product director Alex lived in Alpe d’Huez for 6 years so he knows what he’s talking about!

Our travel packages afford you all the choice and flexibility that you need as you can select the services that you require. Our reservation system allows you to build your package with the elements that you need so there is no need to pay for services that you won’t use.

Our team are looking forward to again helping our customers make this brilliant cycling event a success. We offer guided warm up rides on Friday and Saturday. The Alpe d’Huez Time Trial (La Grimpee de L’Alpe) is on the Friday and the main event is on the Sunday. You can choose between staying 3 or 4 nights in Alpe d’Huez. Extra nights are available on request.

Book this experience and you'll get:

Private Feed Stops: Avoid the crowds, drop off your day bags and get access to our feed stops with real food.

Mechanic support for you and your bike: Masseurs are on hand to see to your body’s mechanics. Expert mechanics on hand all weekend to see to your bike. You can also hire one of our bikes with compact 11/34 cassette.

Be part of Team DSE: team activities include:

  • a guided warm up ride
  • bring your own support team - we have family and group accommodation, and kids up to 16 go free
  • meal nights and Marmotte celebration party at the famous Smithy’s tavern in Alpe d’Huez on Sunday night.

Sounds good, right! Click 'Book Now' to be part of #TeamDSE in ADH.

Included with your weekend

  • 3 or 4 nights at a choice of hotels in Alpe d’Huez
  • The services of our local expert guides and bike mechanic
  • Team DSE activities
  • Detailed itinerary

Optional extras:

  • Guaranteed entry for the 2022 Marmotte
  • Guaranteed entry for the 2022 Grimpee de L'Alpe
  • Airport transfers from Geneva airport at various times for you and your bike. Available at £60 one way and £120 return
  • Airport transfers from Lyon airport at various times for you and your bike. Available at £45 one way and £90 return
  • Group meal night at Smithy’s tavern
  • Massages – bookable locally
Your Itinerary

Thursday 30 June, 2022 : Arrival day

Book this 4 night package if you want to take part in the Grimpee de L'Alpe; Alpe d'Huez Time Trial on Friday morning.

Travel to Alpe d’Huez

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel in Alpe d’Huez today. Our team will be available to meet you at the hotel. If you plan to fly then we offer optional airport transfers for you, your luggage and your bike from Lyon or Geneva airports, as follows :

Lyon or Geneva arrival

Fly into Lyon or Geneva where our team will meet you. The transfer takes just over 2 hours from Lyon and 3 hours from Geneva.

Geneva Airport

Depart Geneva Airport at 14.00 (for flights arriving by 13.00)

Lyon Airport

Depart Lyon Airport at 11.00 (for flights arriving by 10.00)

Our hotel

We are staying at the hotel La Belle Etoile in Alpe d’Huez. Your stay will be for 4 nights and will be on a bed and breakfast basis so with breakfasts included. You will have an early breakfast on Marmotte day. You have the option to come and join us at our meal night at Smithy’s tavern. For £25 per person per night, you will get a basic but copious two course meal plus the opportunity to socialise with your fellow Marmotters.

What about my bike?

We have made arrangements to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with building your bike after travel. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.

Friday 1 July, 2022 : Grimpee de L’Alpe

After breakfast descend down to Bourg d’Oisans and from 09.00 you can set your PB on the Alpe d’Huez climb during the official Alpe TT, the Grimpee de L’Alpe - purchase your entry as part of our booking process. This afternoon will be free to join us for our gudied ride or you can chill out in Alpe d'Huez. Visit the outdoor pool or the gym for example.

Guided ride

We will run a short (but punchy) guided ride down Alpe d'Huez, over the Balcons and back up the Sarenne departing Alpe d'Huez at 14.30.

This afternoon you have the opportunity to go to the expo to collect your race bib for tomorrow. This afternoon and early evening, our tour leaders and bike mechanics are available for you. The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Alpe d’Huez’s many restaurants or you can join us at our meal night in Smithy’s Tavern.

Saturday 2nd July, 2022 : Preparation day

After breakfast and preparing the bikes, we will take you on a supported, guided ride that takes in the Vilard Reculas climb which is the easiest way to get back up to Alpe d’Huez. We will descend down to Bourg d’Oisans, ride along the valley floor and climb back up to Alpe d’Huez.  

We’ll be back at the hotel in the afternoon for you to rest and get prepared for tomorrow. This evening our bike guides will do a race briefing to run through Marmotte day logistics and of course the route.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Alpe d’Huez’s many restaurants or you can join us at Smithy’s for the meal night.

Sunday 3rd July, 2022 : The Marmotte

We have an early start this morning. Early breakfast is arranged in the hotel restaurant.

2022 Gran Fondo La Marmotte

The Marmotte start is done in waves. You will be allocated a start pen with a time that you have to enter the pen plus a start time. Previous editions have started between 07:00 and 08:30. The Marmotte is a race with one cut off point. You need to have passed the start of the Alpe d’Huez climb in Bourg d’Oisans before 18.00 otherwise you will be eliminated from the race. If you’re eliminated your bike will go on a bike trailer and you will be transported to the finish in Alpe d’Huez.

Once you finish in Alpe d’Huez, there’s no need to worry as you are staying near the finish.

This afternoon and early evening we’ll assist you with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel.

The evening is free for you to eat out in one of Alpe d’Huez’s many restaurants or you can join us at Smithy’s for the meal night. After the meal we’ll have a celebratory get together at Smithy’s bar to celebrate your achievement.

Monday 4th July, 2022 : Departure

After breakfast we offer our optional transfer back to Lyon or Geneva airport. If you book on to one of our transfers, they will operate as follows :

Geneva Airport

Transfer 1 : Depart Alpe d’Huez at 07.00 (for flights departing after 12.00)

Transfer 2 : Depart Alpe d’Huez at 10.00 (for flights departing after 15.00)

Lyon Airport

Depart Alpe d’Huez at 13.00 (for flights departing after 17.00)

Need to Know

Medical certificate

Please note that you need a medical certificate to take part in the 2022 Marmotte Gran Fondo -  Marmotte Medical Certificate

Time limits

There are 2 points on the route with a time limit. If you don't get there before the below times then your number will be taken from you and your name will not feature in the event's official rankings.

  • Time limit 1: 16:00 top of the Galibier
  • Time Limit 2: 18:00 bottom of the Alpe d'Huez climb

Registration

The race is open to all male or female riders that are at least 18 years old. Participation is subject to provision of a medical certificate: a certificate of fitness to practice competitive cycling (certificates for other types of sports such as triathlon, duathlon, athletics, etc. are not valid)

How to book

Please make your booking by clicking the orange book now button. Please ensure that you select the correct room type for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place. 

Payments

We offer all our customers a payment schedule where you pay in instalments without fees. When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically. The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.

Marmotte Rules

The full set of rules for the 2022 Marmotte Gran Fondo should be read, and can be downloaded from here.

Location

How to get to Alpe d'Huez

  • Flying plus transfer from the airport

The nearest airport to Alpe d'Huez is Grenoble Isere airport but there are virtually no international flights here in the summer. Your nearest option is Lyon followed by Geneva. The transfer from Lyon takes about 1.45 hours and from Geneva about 3 hours. Even though the transfer is slightly longer, Geneva offers a larger selection of airlines and better prices.  Once at the airport, you can take our airport transfers or if the times don't suit, you could rent a car and drive.

  • Train

Lyon Airport has a TGV station. If you time it right then you can arrive by train and take our airport transfer from Lyon. Grenoble also has a train station but you'd need to make your own arrangements from there by renting a car or booking a private transfer which can be costly. There are also buses that go from Grenoble and Lyon to Alpe d'Huez.

  • Driving

From the Uk driving from Calais to Alpe d'Huez will take about 9 hours and cost in the region of £75 in tolls one way. Once in Alpe d'Huez there's plenty of free parking.

Alpe d’Huez

One of the most iconic climbs of the Tour de France and of cycling in general. The 21 hairpin bends up to the ‘Ile au Soleil’ are on every cyclist’s bucket list. A popular ski resort in the winter, the resort turns into a cycling mecca in the summer. Apart from the Marmotte, other events in June/ July 2022 include: the Haute Route Alpe d’Huez, the Etape du Tour, the Megavalanche and the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.

Alpe d’Huez featured in the Etape du Tour for the last time in 2011 with a 109km stage from Modane/ Valfrejus. It last featured in the Tour de France in 2018 when Geraint Thomas was victorious. Geraint Thomas became the first British winner at Alpe d’Huez on the occasion of the 30th finish in the ski resort of the Oisans. He was also the first rider to win a road stage to Alpe d’Huez with the yellow jersey. He outsprinted Tom Dumoulin, Romain Bardet, Chris Froome and Mikel Landa to extend his lead in the overall ranking.

For training, Alpe du Zwift on Zwift is a fairly accurate representation of the climb so ideal to get stuck into over the winter!

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