Jul 2, 2011

La Marmotte

La Marmotte (174km, 5,000m) is a mythical cycling race held in the French Alps. The epic route follows a 100-mile loop over three of the toughest mountain passes of the Tour de France — Cols Glandon (1,818m), Télégraphe (1,570m), and Galibier (2,642m) — before finishing up the legendary Alpe d’Huez (1,880m), for a total of nearly 50 miles (80 km) of climbing.

La Marmotte is a rite of passage for cyclists, especially those who religiously watch the Tour. I trained in earnest for 5 months, finishing in 8 hours 4 seconds (21.74kph) which earned a gold diploma for my age group; I was 1,384 out of 6,233 that finished, as 1,500 riders abandon the race.

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