Why La Marmotte Alps is Europe’s Toughest Gran Fondo

OK, before you launch into reading – a little disclaimer – this is simply me posting up something that I wrote for Sportive.com in July 2018.

I’ve got a bit of a mild obsession with going back to ride Marmotte in 2019 and quite like the piece so wanted to get it onto the blog. If I’d have been writing it specifically for mountainmutton the style would have been a touch different, but it’s still pretty standard  jim-fayre.

I can’t just copy-paste the text into the blog as it will cause issues with their search and SEO (or something else I don’t understand), so I’ve screenshotted it and added a few different images


And P.S. No, I’ve not ridden all the Gran Fondos in Europe, so no, I cannot really make the claim made in the title. But I don’t care.

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The lead group on the Glandon. I was lurking around the corner, in group two

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Dying a death at 2500m+. Somewhere near the top of the Galibier

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The end of a rather long day. COOKED: mentally, physically, and emotionally

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2 Replies to “Why La Marmotte Alps is Europe’s Toughest Gran Fondo”

  1. I just read this the other day. A fine, honest account of an epic sportive. I’ll get back there to finally do the ‘traditional route’ someday. Maybe even next year if one of our Alps tours doesn’t sell out!

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    1. Do it! I suffered like an absolute bitch when i did it this year, but for some reason cannot wait to do it again. I’ve ridden various HR stages with stats that are about 90% those of La Marmotte, but there’s just somethin about Glandon-Galibier-AdH that is so beautifully punishing.

      And thanks for the read!


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