La Marmotte 28/06—03/07/2017

Riding La Marmotte, reputedly Europe's toughest cyclosportive. 175km, 5100m+ of climbing, and ascents of the Cols du Glandon, Telegraphe and Galibier, before a final ascent to Alpe d'Huez - for those who make the time cut!
IMG_0233 Bonza Bike Box hire put to good use
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Bonza Bike Box hire put to good use
IMG_0235 View from the chalet hotel
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View from the chalet hotel
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P1000003 Weather not so good on arrival day!
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Weather not so good on arrival day!
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P1000006 Sunnier weather on the other side of the valley
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Sunnier weather on the other side of the valley
IMG_0238 Recce ride of the first 12km, followed by the "back route" up to Huez village
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Recce ride of the first 12km, followed by the "back route" up to Huez village
IMG_0239 Getting warmer
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Getting warmer
IMG_0240 On the Pas de la Confession, a stiff but quiet climb to Huez village. My first experience of alpine climbing!
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On the Pas de la Confession, a stiff but quiet climb to Huez village. My first experience of alpine climbing!
TON37198 Working hard on the final hairpins to Alpe d'Huez
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Working hard on the final hairpins to Alpe d'Huez
IMG_0241 Almost there!
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Almost there!
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Registration day
P1000011 Very professional looking service trucks, straight from Le Tour
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Very professional looking service trucks, straight from Le Tour
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IMG_0244 The 50 grand ski boot room
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The 50 grand ski boot room
IMG_0245 A short spin on the Col de Sarenne to keep the legs fresh
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A short spin on the Col de Sarenne to keep the legs fresh
IMG_0247 Team photo!
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Team photo!
IMG_0249 And another
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And another