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La Marmotte Week - Trophee d'Oisans 2017

24th June to 3rd July 2017

The 2017 Trophee d’Oisans is made up of 4 fantastic events in the Alpe d’Huez area with 400km of competitive cycling and 11540m of climbing. You start off the week by riding the Vaujany Cyclosportive, followed by the Prix des Rousses mid-week and then the Marmotte Gran Fondo and the Grimpee de L’Alpe to round things off.

Spend 9 days with us in the Oisans area of the Isere region in the Alps, home of the Alpe d’Huez amongst many other beautiful climbs. Climb to your heart’s content with 400kms and nearly 11,000 altimetres in 4 competitive Cyclosportives in a week, crowned by the famous Marmotte.

About the Events:

La Vaujany:
La Vaujany is an ideal Granfondo to prepare yourself for the tougher tours through the Alps that follow later in the year. This Granfondo takes you across the L’Alpe du Grand Serre (1368m), the col d’Ornon (1360m), L’Alpe d’Huez (1850m) and the majestic crossing over the Col de Sarenne (1990m). The finale is perfect for those of you also known as ‘costauds’. The ascent of the Vaujany is 4 km long and on several parts it has a climbing percentage of 10%.

  • Start : 25/06/2017 – 07:15 | Le Verney
  • Distance & altimeters : 182 km | 3850 Altimeters
  • Refreshment stations : Valbonnais | L’Alpe d’Huez

Prix des Rousses:
The Prix des Rousses is part of the Trophée de l’Oisans. The distance is 40 km and it packs in a whopping 1600m of climbing in this short distance. Ideal timed course to train for the upcoming Marmotte, linking Bourg d’Oisans, l’Alpe d’huez, Villard reculas and Vaujany.

  • Start : 28/06/2017 – Le Bourg d’Oisans
  • Distance & altimetres : 40km |  1600m

La Grimpee de L’Alpe:
Now taking place on the Friday ahead of the Marmotte, you can use today to set your PB up the Alpe d’Huez climb.

  • Start : 30/06/2017 – Le Bourg d’Oisans
  • Distance & altimetres : 16km

La Marmotte Gran Fondo:
This is one of the toughest one day cyclo-sportives that you can do as a cyclist. There is 170km with 5000 metres of ascent to be conquered. Climbs scaled are: Col du Glandon (1924m), Col du Telegraphe (1570m), Col du Galibier (2645m), Col du Lautaret (2058m) and Alpe d’Huez (1880m).
For a review of the 2016 event, have a look at Jim’s blog here.

Just like the Etape du Tour, there are rolling road closures, feed stops etc, before finishing in Alpe d’Huez. You will get your own personal time for the event, together with a classification. This is what people riding the Marmotte strive for – will you get a gold, silver or bronze? Our hotels are well situated in Alpe d’Huez, so you wont have too far to go afterwards from the finish. Upon return to your hotel, you can choose to do what you wish, so either relax or celebrate!

The route is very challenging as you expect from the Marmotte with 170km distance and 5000m of climbing. There’s a great article worth reading about the Marmotte on the Road Cycling UK website about the Top 10 tips for La Marmotte

Please see below for the schedule:

  • Start in Bourg d’Oisans (719m)
  • Col du Glandon (1924m)
  • Col du Telegraphe (1570m)
  • Col du Galibier (2645m)
  • Col du Lautaret (2058m)
  • Alpe d’Huez (1880m)

In 2015 due to the closure of the Tunnel du Chambon in between the foot of the Col du Lautaret and the start of the ascent to Alpe d’Huez in Bourg d’Oisans, the route of the 2015 Marmotte was changed to miss the Galibier and Lautaret. In 2016 we were back on the ‘classic’ course.

About the hotel:

Hotel La Belle Aurore Alpe d’Huez
The Hotel La Belle Aurore is a basic, 2 star hotel located in the centre of L’Alpe d’Huez. The hotel has free WiFi, a restaurant and a terrace and is located at the top of the main shopping street and at a 5 minute walk from the outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and outside sun terrace. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Every room has a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower.

You will stay at the Belle Aurore hotel on a half board basis for 9 nights from Saturday to Monday. Meals will include breakfasts, evening meals and afternoon tea with hot drinks and cakes.

At the hotel there is a bike room and our mechanics use the hotel as their base so mechanical assistance is on hand when you need it.

Planned itinerary for the 2017 event:

Saturday June 24th – Arrival day
You will arrive at your hotel today or take the option to fly into Geneva Airport and make use of our transport. We will be operating one transfer at 14:00 from the airport to our hotel in Alpe d’Huez.
It takes around 3 hours to complete the journey to the hotel.

Sunday June 25th – La Vaujany
La Vaujany is a Cyclosportive with different distance options, 182km, 117km or 40km. The 182km Sportive features 4,000 metres of climbing. You will conquer the Alpe du Grand Serre (1,360m), Col d’Ornon (1,371m), Alpe d’Huez via Villard Reculas (1,750m) followed by the descent of the Col de Sarenne. You finish with the climb to Vaujany (1,253m).
Vaujany is an authentic charming mountain village located 1250 meters across from the fantastic Massif des Grandes Rousses. It is thus an ideal base for a gorgeous tour through the Alps. La Vaujany also means the start of a week of pure cycling pleasure with le Trophée de l’Oisans (400 km distance and nearly 12.000 altimeters).
From our base in Alpe d’Huez we will take you and your bike across to Vaujany for the start. We will provide you with a private feed stop en route and after the event we will take you back to Alpe d’Huez. Evening meal in Alpe d’Huez tonight.

Monday June 26th – Stay in Alpe d’Huez

Tuesday June 27th – Stay in Alpe d’Huez

Wednesday June 28th – Prix des Rousses
Today is the day of the Prix des Rousses. This is a short (40km) but tough ride which starts from Le Bourg d’Oisans and finishes at the top of Vaujany. Descend down to the start and ride back from Vaujany if you wish although a ride on our minibus is also available either down to the start or back from the finish or both.

Thursday June 29th – Stay in Alpe d’Huez

Friday June 30th – Marmotte Registration day and Grimpee de L’Alpe
Registration is from 10.00 until 20.00. This will be in the Palais des Sports in Alpe d’Huez. There will be plenty of time today to prepare and make some last minute adjustments if required. Our staff will be on hand to assist you. This morning we will do our race briefing at the Palais des Sports near the registration area.

Today you will have the additional option of participating in the Grimpee de L’Alpe, a 13km event to get your very own time climbing Alpe d’Huez. Ride your bike down to the start from the hotel and try to set a PB on the timed ascent of the Alpe.

Sunday July 2nd – Marmotte day

Descent to Bourg d’Oisans...
In the morning it can be chilly on the way down to the start. We can collect the items you use on the descent from you. We will be located 100m before the roundabout at the bottom of the Alpe d’Huez descent. Please note that we can not be held responsible for the loss of any valuable items so please don’t put any valuables in the bags. The bags will be kept and delivered back at night.
The start of La Marmotte is in Bourg d’Oisans so after an early breakfast you ride down to the start before undertaking the 170km of the 2017 Gran Fondo La Marmotte. We will provide additional feed stops near the Col du Galibier plus on the climb up to Alpe d’Huez (liquids and gels only)

Day bag service...
You can give us items that you want to have available in the race when you stop at our Sports Tours support station so you don’t have to carry it all the way with you. You have to use the bag we give to you for this purpose. This could be food, energy drink etc.

Monday July 3 – La Grimpee de L’Alpe
Today you will have the additional option of participating in the Grimpee de L’Alpe, a 13km event to get your very own time climbing Alpe d’Huez. Ride your bike down to the start from the hotel and try to set a PB on the timed ascent of the Alpe.

After the Grimpee there will be the prize giving ceremony for all those riders who took part in the 2017 Trophee d’Oisans.

We will be running airport transfers today back to Geneva airport. For those who are not doing the Grimpee,  the first bus will leave at 07:00 from Alpe d’Huez so please book flights after 12:00. The other bus leaves at 12.00 after the Grimpee for flights departing after 17.00.

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9 nights at 2 star Hotel Belle Aurore in Alpe d’huez on half board basis:
Please see above to read more about the hotel and what is included with your stay.
£1449 per person based on sharing a room with 2 beds
£249 per person supplement for the sole occupancy of a room

Included in your Basic travel package:

  • Le Trophee d’Oisans entry worth £160 (includes chip which covers all 4 events)
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts including an early breakfast on race day
  • 9 evening meals including an early evening meal on the evenings before the events
  • Daily afternoon tea with tea, coffee and cakes
  • Return airport transfers between Geneva airport and your accommodation for yourself and your bike and one normal-sized suitcase
  • Transfers to event starts and finishes where required – you will descend down to the start of the Marmotte
  • Bike storage at the hotel and mechanical assistance
  • Day bag service on Marmotte race day
  • Services of the experienced Sports Tours International team in Alpe d’Huez
  • Private support station on the route of the Vaujany and Marmotte
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information

Not included (not exhaustive):

  • Travel Insurance – do not travel without insurance and don’t forget to insure your bike. Please visit our insurance page


HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:

Medical Cerificate:
To take part in the 2017 Marmotte you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date. For an example copy of the kind of form have a look here, Medical certificate example cycling. Alternatively our partners offer online medical certification.

Twin to share:
Do you want to come and ride the Marmotte but your friends haven't put in the training? Do you want to come and ride the Marmotte but you are on your own and you don't want to pay the sole occupancy charge? If the answer is yes to any of the above questions then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. Come and join our group and we will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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