Colconquerors - Cycling Holidays French Alps

La Marmotte Granfondo Challenge Weekend - Dates TBD for 2019*

Four night weekend with guaranteed event entry to the original and best alpine sportive. Located in a 4 star Alpe d’Huez based hotel with secure bike storage.

Nights: 4, Max Group Size: 12, Difficulty: 5/5
Max Distance: 250km, Max Climb: 6,500m

The cost of this trip is TBD euros per person

Guaranteed event entry to La Marmotte with an official operator including Airport Transfers, 4 nights accommodation in the 4* Pic Blanc Alpe d’Huez based hotel on a half board basis in superior rooms. The hotel offers a spa, massage facilities and plenty of space to relax outside of the riding times and all importantly is just a very flat 1 minute ride from the finish line. In the build up to La Marmotte you’ll spend time with British Cycling qualified coaches and guide to ensure you’re ready for the event the moment you cross the start line. The trip has a maximum of 12 guests and a staff to guest ratio of 1:4 to ensure we can provide you all the attention you deserve for the event.

We’ll help you set up your bike and equipment help and make final preparations for the big day. You’ll receive advice on course challenges, alternative water stops and benefit from our dedicated feed station half way through the course on race day. There will be unlimited coaching advice on hand from a British Cycling Level 3 coach throughout the weekend for those who would like to benefit from it to fine tune climbing and descending techniques or help with pacing and nutritional strategies. Last minute bike fitting issue? No problem we have qualified bike fitting skills at the ready and solutions for any issues.

Test yourself over the 174km course that includes over 5000 meters of climbing including the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and of course Alpe d’Huez, you’ve seen these climbs in the tour and now it’s your turn.

With this being our 8th year of helping people realise their goals in La Marmotte Granfondo we’re sure you’ll find this years trip the best yet.

“My experience with Colconquerors was a fantastic one, from the moment of booking I was supported with advice on nutrition, book recommendations to aid my knowledge and training tips. The trip itself was well organised and the plans communicated in due time. Oh and we all finished, testament to Colconquerors help and knowledge.”

*Event is planned to be held on Sunday TBD 2019. If this changes places will be moved to the new date or deposits refunded if the new date clashes with other tours or commitments.

Detailed Trip Information :

The 4* hotel Pic Blanc in Alpe d’Huez where you’ll spend 4 nights on a twin share basis. The hotel has spacious south facing superior rooms and several options for secure bike storage. The hotel has a spa and massage facilities.

We should also mention that the Pic Blanc is very close to the finish line post event!

The Pic Blanc hotel

The restaurant provides traditional and international cuisine with a stunning view of the surrounding peaks. Breakfast on the morning of La Marmotte is served from 4am with a wide selection of foods available ahead of the event.

Evening meals are relaxed

Outside of the privacy of your room the hotel has a good amount of social space allowing further opportunity to relax and focus on the event.

Bar and lounge area

Use of the pool is free you with the superior room and the spa can be used for a small additional charge each day. Massages can be arranged at the hotel to add that final touch to your preparations and it’s recommended that these are pre-booked.

The pool

The spa

Thursday – Day 1

Arrival Day – We collect you from Geneva airport (transfer departs at 5PM) and head straight to Alpe d’Huez and the hotel. There’s no need to go anywhere for the sign on as we take care of this for you. We’ll ensure that anything you need is taken care of.

It’s now time to rest up, hydrate, eat well, relax in the spa or take a massage and put your feet up.

Friday – Day 2

After breakfast we head down to the valley floor where there are options for riding today. Loosen the legs on a predominantly flat course or head up to the Col d’Ornon with us to fine tune any aspect of your riding. There’s always lots of time available during the day to chat about any last minute concerns you may have ahead of Sunday. The buses are on hand to take us back to the hotel so no need to climb Alpe d’Huez today unless you would like to.

Saturday – Day 3

Today is all about final preparation. After a relaxing breakfast we help you prepare the bikes and ensure you have the opportunity to get all your equipment laid out and ready for Sunday morning. Once this is taken care of, take a well earned total rest and wander around the village, have lunch and enjoy a chilled out afternoon before an early night or for those that want a final spin of the legs we usually find the short climb to the Col de Sarenne is popular. Once again it goes without saying that we are on hand to discuss any final concerns or challenges you may have.

Before dinner we’ll walk you through the feed stations and route one last time and ensure you can access our Marmotte planning document on your phones should you need it.

Sunday Day 4 – La Marmotte

It’s an early start but as always we take care of everything and let you focus completely on the challenge ahead. We have a full cycling specific breakfast (served from 4am onwards) as always before seeing you off for the grand depart in Bourg d’Oisans. During the day you have access to our dedicated feed station where you will find your ‘drop’ bags that will include any spare clothes and food that you have asked us to have ready for you at the midway point along with additional food and drinks.

At the end of the day you’ll be sure to have a friendly face at the finish line to take care of everything before dinner.

Monday Day 4 – Departure

The goal has been achieved and after a well deserved nights sleep in there’s ample time to have breakfast, pack up the bikes and collect your medals and certificates before departing Alpe d’Huez at 10.30am. We aim to drop you at Geneva for 2pm so please book flights that leave after 3.30PM.

My experience with Colconquerors was a fantastic one, from the moment of booking I was supported with advice on nutrition, book recommendations to aid my knowledge and training tips. The trip itself was well organised and the plans communicated in due time. We spent a week at the summit of Alpe D’huez with a beautiful view of the valley. Each day we cycled a different route devised by Rob to help us acclimatise and build our knowledge of the challenge (La Marmotte) to come at the end of he week, Rob and Mike would lead the rides or were on hand to support in the Colconquerors van. We all rode within our own abilities with regular checkpoints set by Rob or Mike and the atmosphere was great. Our breakfasts, Dinners and after ride recovery cakes where all cooked from scratch by Becky and Karen, with all dietary requirements taken into account (I am vegetarian, with no milk). Rob and Mike were on hand for any mechanical issues or training tips throughout the week. Following our week of training combined with recovery days, the big event of La Marmotte came. After a hearty breakfast and fully loaded up with Rob’s vast knowledge of drink stops, when to eat, tips for the start etc, we set off for what was be the best day’s riding of my life to end the best week of riding I’ve experienced. Oh and we all finished, testament to Colconquerors help and knowledge. – Lee Holmes

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What can I say about Colconquerors that has not already been said.
Well from my POV and endless questions it is simple, without Rob’s help in building up my confidence then I would not have completed the Marmotte in such ease.
Everything was brilliant. The accommodation, the food, the hot tub, the relaxation after the ride.
there are simply no negatives to state and being on the Alpe on Marmotte day/night is an experience I will never forget. – Ian Robathan

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I spent a week with Colconquerors that ended with my participation in the world famous La Marmotte sportive.
The guided rides were excellently chosen and formed a great taster to the big day. The food provided was excellent and the atmosphere was friendly and encouraging with superb advice from Rob who guided me through a very enjoyable La Marmotte which is very very tough to say the least.
I enjoyed my time with Colconquerors immensely and look forward to joining them again in the future. Well done Colconquerors, keep up the great work! – Fidel Gonzalez

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Many thanks to Rob and Karen for a great stay and riding programme leading up to a successful completion of this year’s Marmotte. In a fit of misguided enthusiasm I and a group of fellow London Dynamos entered what was for all of us a first Marmotte and for some of us (me included) our first ever continental European sportive. Luckily we chose to do this through Colconquerer’s Marmotte 7 night trip. As the day approached the magnitude of the challenge became increasingly apparent, but Rob’s briefings by email meant that we arrived well prepared, with all the right equipment. The training rides led by Rob in the early part of the week introduced us gradually to the delights of alpine climbs (and the excitement of the descents) up famous climbs such as the col de Telegraphe, col de Galibier and gave us a chance to ride parts of this year’s course: up the Lacets de Montvernier and the more challenging col de Mollard. They also allowed us to become acclimatised to riding at altitude and to the punishing temperatures (40C in the valleys). The day itself was very hard – the Marmotte’s reputation as one of Europe’s toughest sportives is well-deserved – made worse by the high temperatures. It seems about 1/3 of the field failed to finish; from our group of 6, only one had to bail (owing to a mid-course crash), and a large part of that was down to Rob’s sage advice on how to beat the conditions and make it to the top of Alpe d’Huez without blowing up. Overall a fantastic result. To sum up, the combination of excellent accomodation, good food and Rob’s training ensured that we all had a great time and performed to our potential. Chapeau to Rob, Karen and the team! Piers -Hartland-Swan

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I went as a group of fellow club mates and friends to the Colconquerors Marmotte week just gone. In my opinion Colconquerors provides an excellent service catering to your needs and helping you to get the best from your trip and ultimately race day too. It was a great comfort to know that they provided all the support you required and that they were there if anything were to go wrong. It is without doubt one of the best supported weeks I have ever been on, thanks Rob and all at Colconquerors. – Chris Stanton

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Just completed the Marmotte week with Rob and Karen; the food and organisation were excellent and the hospitality better. Rob takes and insightful long term view of his clients offering real encouragement and help. The rides and the scenery were breathtaking. Respect to all of my fellow London Dynamo’s who finished the event and I hope to join your ranks next year. This year in 45 degrees Celsius and the exceptionally hard route finishing is real achievement.
I would, without question, recommend Colconquerors to anyone and the Alps; I’ve cycled many regions in Europe but the High Alps are unsurpassed!
Roll on July 2016!!!!! – Richard Carrington

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Great location, great service, excellent local knowledge, great food designed for hungry cyclists, combined with a super friendly team. Nothing was too much trouble for my first Marmotte back in July. After BA lost my bike Rob took control, had a couple of hire bikes at his place when I arrived, fitted one for me, and ensured the stress of the previous 3 days evaporated by the time I had finished my first cup of tea on the veranda. The preparation Rob puts into his trips is second to none and made riding the Marmotte so much smoother than I imagined. From riding the main mountains in advance, to the hidden water stops that allow you to beat the crowds, to the feed station on the telegraph. It’s the little details that make all the difference.
Can’t wait to return. – Justin Mullany

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When I signed up with ColConquerors for the 2015 Marmotte I expected to be provided with accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast & evening meals and perhaps the odd piece of advice owing to local knowledge. I was very pleasantly surprised. ColConquerors “looked after us” from the moment we met at the airport. A plan for the week was already awaiting us. We cycled most of the climbs and drove the rest of the route in preparation for the event. Areas requiring attention and quiet water stations where we could refill without being delayed were pointed out. Every question, every little issue we had Rob tried to answer. We even had cleat fitting sessions to ensure optimal comfort for the day. The support crew on the day were excellent. I cannot recommend them enough. If you want to do the Marmotte, sign up with ColConquerors. — Petros Dourouklakis

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The Look Marmotte Alps begins at sunrise in the heart of Bourg d’Oisans. Once the starting shot has sounded, the tension makes way for adrenaline and determined pedaling, all to the soundtrack of loud applause of the overlooking crowd. After a flat 10 kilometers, the first real obstacle can be seen in the distance: Col du Glandon (1 924m), a long but consistent climb of 20 kilometer with steep passages of up to 10%. After reaching the top, times are frozen due to safety regulations. This gives time to recuperate and focus on the technical and steep descent. Once below the road steadily rises to leave Vallée de la Maurienne. Saint Michel de Maurienne is the starting point of the toughest challenge of the day: the succession of the Télégraphe (1 570m) and the Galibier (2 645m), or 2000 altimeters over 35km. The refreshment station in Valloire is most welcomed and lets participants know they have reached halfway. It is recommended to stock up on reserves as the ascent of the Galibier, known for its white snowed flanks, is just around the corner. The descent of the Galibier brings the participants over le Col du Lautaret towards Boug d’Oisans. The 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez challenge the fatigued legs one last time. 6500 courageous cyclists battle their way up, mirroring numerous pro’s who did the exact same thing in Paris-Nice, the Dauphiné or the Tour de France, to finally cross the finish line with a mix of emotions, relief, pain and pride!

Start : 01/07/2018 (TBC) 07:00 | Bourg d’Oisans

Finish : Alpe d’Huez

Distance & altimeters : 174 km | 5000 Altimeters

Refreshment stations : Col du Glandon| Valloire| Col du Galibier| Bourg d’Oisans

Cols : Col du Glandon 22km 5.5%, Col du Télégraphe 11.5km 7.3%, Col du Galibier 17.6km 7%, Alpe d’Huez 13km 8%

La Marmotte Event Profile


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Included in this trip…

– 4 nights 4* hotel in Alpe d’Huez / half board on a twin share basis
– Event entry
– Supported recovery & preparation days
– Bike storage and high quality tools & pumps
– Airport Transfers from Geneva
– Full pre event briefing
– Dedicated Colconquerors private feed station
– Access to British Cycling coaching advice throughout the weekend
– Professional bike fit advice

Not included…

– Flights
– Lunches
– Travel or bike Insurance
– Any drinks or incidentals at the hotel
– Spa or Massage (Available as extra)
– Bike Hire

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