FOLLOW A TRAINING PROGRAM THAT SUITS YOU
We will start training towards LM19 this week, but first of all, we will establish our starting points:
- Tuesday: Weigh yourself in the morning
- Tuesday: Conduct a 20-minutes FTP test and write down your average power in watts.
How you want to train, depends on the type of rider you are. Some like to put in the miles, no matter how dark and gloomy it looks outside during the winter. Others like their training to be more about quality than quantity. They will all get you ready for LM19.
THE LA MARMOTTE ALPES ROUTE
In a couple of months, we will start describing the race segments in detail, and how to approach each of them. In overview, the route consists of these Strava segments:
- Start to the climb up to Lac du Verney: 10.5 km – flat
- Allemond to start of Col du Glandon: 5.5 km – 2%
- Col du Glandon, part 1 – to Le Rivier d’Allemont: 7.1 km – 7%
- Col du Glandon, part 2 – from river to the top: 13.1 km – 6%
- Neutralized descent to St Etienne de Cuines: 19.7 km – -7%
- False flat to start of St Michel de Maurienne: 23.3 km – 1%
- Col du Telegraphe: 12.1 km – 7%
- Descent to Valloire: 4.6 km – -3%
- Col du Galibier, part 1 – to Plan Lachat: 10.1 km – 6%
- Col du Galibier, part 2 – to the top: 7.8 km – 8%
- Descent and transport to Le Bourg d’Oisans: 47.0 km – -4%
- L’Alpe d’Huez (finish): 13.1 km – 8%
- Book start number: https://inscription.sportcommunication.info/list.php
- Where to stay:We will stay on the top L’Alpe d’Huez (which gives you great motivation to give it all you have)
- More information: Event page
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