Part four takes you to the worlds most well known climb of l’Alpe d’Huez, To get there though you must descend the final part of Lautaret from Lac Chambon as the perfect warm up. The final climb of d’Huez is fairly relentless with the steepest grades in the early part. The climb has become an icon in the cycling world with a almost holy feel to it.
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The Col du Galibier is probably the toughest part of the Marmotte cyclosportive as you ride into the realm of thin air that saps away all your energy in real life. It starts hard out of the ski resort of Valloir but then flattens out for a while before a steady valley ride to the well known bend at Plan le chat. Its here that things suddenly change & roads become much steeper. A few bends further up & your into the snow line. Its now that you can start to spot the top of the steepest part of the Galibier high above. It’s a fairly hard climb now with almost no place to rest & the sight of the top so far away can crack the weak willed! This epic ride ends after descending down to the top of the Lautaret.
This section starts with the remainder of the descent of the Glandon, this is followed by a long easy valley before you make a right turn in the town of Saint Michel de Maurienne & take on the wooded climb of the Telegraphe. This climb is fairly steady but does not offer many chances to rest until the top. The ride ends after descending a few short miles into the Ski resort town of Valloir.
The Glandon from the west is the first Col encountered in Europe’s most well known cycloportive event the Marmotte. Its also used very frequently in the Tour de France. Starting with a nice flat warm up the climb hits you in steps with plenty of places to catch your breath. Lakes, dams, forest & a mountain top valley that will remind you of the Scottish Highlands. We take on the main bulk of the descending after the climb before starting Part 2
Majorcan cycling at its best, starting with the gentle climb up to the Monastery of San Salvador with amazing views on the way down, then meandering via easy roads to Pollenca & then onto more challenging roads to the light house at the very tip of the Cap de Formentor at the most north easterly point of the island.
Filmed just ahead of the leading riders during the May 2014 event on the sunny Spanish island of Majorca (Mallorca). This is the worlds biggest 70.3 event & features the spectacular 515m high Coll de Femenia on closed roads.