The race card

10 weeks to go

You can almost feel it now. The roads are packed with riders, the weather is (occasionally) great and all you need now is to put in the miles each of the last ten weeks leading up to La Marmotte. Easy, right?!

Follow the progress of our users in the Progress Table here. Also find the updated training programs here.


Based on the last four months of blogging (see below,) here is our La Marmotte race card recommendation. See it as our piece of advice to those who have not done the race before. Of course, you are the expert. You know how you perform best.

Strava segment Distance Total Gradient Recommendation
Depart Marmotte (to dam switchbacks) 10.5 10.5 -1% Suck wheels.
Allemond to the foot of Glandon 5.5 16.0 2% Feed well.
To Rivier d’Allemont 5.8 21.8 8% Patience. It is a long race.
Glandon from the river  13.0 37.4 6% Do not get into red.
Descent from Glandon 19.6 57.0 0% Neutralised. Feed well.
False flat to Telegraphe 22.5 79.5 1% Suck wheels.
Col du Telegraphe 12.1 91.6 6% Maintain 70-75% of your FTP
Valloire to Plan Lachat 10.1 106.3 6% Have easily digestive things in your pockets.
Plan Lachat to Sommet du Galibier 7.9 114.2 8% Keep it going.
Galibier top to foot of Alpe d’Huez 48.3 162.5 -1% Save energy for the last climb.
L’Alpe d’Huez (finish) 13.0 175.5 8% Fill your bottles with pure water. Grind it out.




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