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Marmotte Challenge Week

This challenging ride climbs overs the cols Glandon, Telegraph and awe-inspiring Col du Galibier before testing you to the limits of your endurance on the 21 ‘virages’ hairpin bends of the infamous Alpe d’Huez.

  • Catered chalet
  • French Alps —Le Bourg d-Oisans
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Fixed base


Definitely not one for the faint hearted. Our Marmotte challenge week cycle tour provides a week riding in the French Alps finishing off with the chance to ride the route used in the mighty Marmotte Sportif.

From the beginning of your cycle holiday to the end you will want for nothing to ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime. Private transfer from the airport with your bike you will be taken to your fully catered chalet in the pretty town of Bourg d’Oisans, where you can relax completely.

Enjoy seven unforgettable days of glorious riding in the French Alps with the advantage of full van support during all the rides of this cycling holiday. At the end of the week you will receive a unique commerative technical cycle jersey to remind you of your holiday.


  • Airport transfer from Lyon - other airports may carry a surcharge, pick-up’s/ drop-offs will be between set times, so please contact us before booking your flight.
  • Bookings are Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise arranged with us. Fully catered chalet - Wednesday is chef’s night off so you can enjoy dining in a local restaurant. Full van support with basic bike repair supplies
  • Support rider to accompany the group
  • Mapping including GPS route and route notes
  • Training guidance and cycle coaching by British cycling trained cycle coach.
  • Souvenir Grand Boucle certificate and photography
  • Commerative technical cycling jersey

Not included

  • Flights
  • Bicycle, cycling kit, helmets - bikes can be provided at extra cost.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

For group bookings of over 4 people other tour dates are still available for the 2014 season - please contact us for details.


We will collect you and your bike from the airport and transport you to your fully catered chalet in Bourg d’Oisans which will be an ideal base for your cycle holiday. Then get your bikes built up and do short test ride before heading back to the chalet for a delicious three course evening meal with beer and wine.


The week kicks off with a stunning ‘local’ loop taking in the Col de la Morte and Col D’Ornon, 105km. The Col de la morte 1368m starts with a lovely shady climb, which on a hot day is a relief! It then finishes on some impressive switch-backs up to the ski resort of Alpe du grande serre. From here we ride over to the Col D’Ornon 1360m which is a fairly gentle climb and descent all the way back to the chalet.

The Col d’Izoard (2361m) has unique rock formations, including the spectacular casse deserte which you pass on the descent to the beautiful town of Guillestre. This famous col has featured in the tour de France many times and is categorised as one of the ‘hors categorie’ climbs, there is even a small cycle museum at the top if you fancy a rest stop.

You could head up towards St Christophe or further to La Berade (1780m), going past the lovely town of Venosc and up this quiet and stunning route.

Cycle the infamous route of the Marmotte sportif of 174km, riding over the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and then finishing on the world renowned 21 hairpins of Alp D’Huez, with support the whole way and plenty of pit stops to keep you well fuelled. Bonne journée and Bon courage!