LOOK MARMOTTE SERIES
RIDE THE LEGEND !
The Challenge LOOK Marmotte Granfondo Series is back in 2018. And once again it has all the right ingredients: an exceptional course, an international peloton, majestic landscapes and lots of altitude metres in a region steeped in cycling history.
The LOOK Marmotte GF Alpes is the opening round of the 2018 calendar on Sunday 8 July at l’Alpe d’Huez. The oldest cyclosportive is celebrating
its 37th birthday this year.
Next up is Saturday 11 August in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, for the first edition of the La LOOK Marmotte GF Valais, which is aiming to be one of the reference cyclosportives in the region.
Finally we close the series with the LOOK Marmotte GF Pyrénées from Argelès Gazost to Luz Ardiden on Sunday 26 August.
LOOK MARMOTTE GF ALPES
The LOOK Marmotte Granfondo Alpes starts at the heart of Bourg d’Oisans. After leaving the village the first dozen kilometres are flat enough to stretch the legs. The first obstacle of the day follows quickly, it’s the legendary Col du Glandon (1,924m), the long but gradual 20 km climb has passages of up to a 10% gradient. At the top we are putting safety first with a time stopping for the descent. The objective is to not take any risks on this fast and technical part.
At the bottom there’s a long journey through the Vallée de la Maurienne. It’s a key moment to find a good group and conserve energy. Saint-Michel de Maurienne marks the start of the next combination of climbs with the Télégraphe (1,570m) and the Galibier (2,645m), more than 2,000 altitude metres in just 35 km. The supply post in Valloire will allow you to recharge your batteries before tackling the majestic Galibier, a monument of international cycling. Try to recover a bit on the descent to Bourg d’Oisans, via the Col du Lautaret.
The 21 hairpins of l’Alpe d’Huez are the final obstacle of this epic journey. You will quickly figure out the state of your legs with the first two corners going up at 13%. The gradient slightly lowers after that, but the fatigue will not make it feel any easier. Once you get to put your hands in the air on top of l’Alpe d’Huez, you will experience a mix of exhaustion, perhaps pain, but also elation and and pride of having conquered the giants of the Alps.
LOOK MARMOTTE GF VALAIS
The first LOOK Marmotte Granfondo Valais will start in the ski station of Crans-Montana. The station is renowned for its stage finishes, in particular the famous victory of Laurent Fignon in the 1984 Tour de France. Leaving the famous Haut-Plateau station you will tackle 400 altitude metres to climb the Col de Plumachit (1,800m) and you’ll get the chance to admire the many 4,000 metre peaks of the Swiss Alps. After descending back to the Rhone valley you will climb to the charming station of Vercorin, passing through the vertiginous Val d’Anniviers. From that point until the finish in Verbier you are constantly staying above 1000 metres of altitude. The climbs and descents will come thick and fast, exploring the Val d’Hérens and the magnificent ski stations of Nax, Saint-Martin, Hérémence, Les Collons and Veysonnaz. Take a moment to enjoy the Pyramides d’Euseigne and the Grande Dixence dam.
After 94 km, you will arrive at the Nendaz station and take a panoramic route in the direction of Isérables, before turning to La Tzoumaz. After leaving the station, the road starts meandering uphill with a dozen hairpins taking you to the top of the Col de la Croix-de-Cœur (2,174m), the highest point of the LOOK Marmotte Granfondo Valais. The final part of the climb is a gravel section as you enjoy the exceptional vistas of the Val de Bagnes. After a short but technical descent, you will finally reach the finish in the station of Verbier. There you will become the first finishers of the LOOK Marmotte Granfondo Valais!
LOOK MARMOTTE GF PYRÉNÉES
From the start in Argelès Gazost, you will head to some of the biggest and most notorious climbs of the Pyrenees in the LOOK Marmotte GF Pyrénées. Following a 20 km warmup in the gorges of Luz Saint-Sauveur, you are turning right to the Col du Tourmalet (2,115 m) via Barèges. After a technical descent in the direction of Sainte-Marie de Campan you’ll reach the second obstacle of the course: the Hourquette d’Ancizan (1,564 m).
Following in the footsteps of the riders of the 2018 Tour de France, who will take the same route in the 19th stage, you will take on the Col d’Aspin (1,489 m) and the other side of the Tourmalet. The descent to Luz will be a chance to breathe before the final obstacle. Just like the first edition in 2016, you will still need to conquer 15 km to the top of the Luz Ardiden station (1,715 m) to cross the finish line of the third and last LOOK Marmotte GF of 2018!