Thursday, 16 March 2017

Back to Bourg

It's official. Fat man will be back in the Alps this year! 

I'm going back to Bourg-d'Oisans for a couple of weeks this summer, to introduce eldest son, Andrew, to the joys of riding in the mountains.And there is the small matter of an attempt at a Marmotte.

Now that there is a route down the Col du Lauteret, bypassing the collapsed tunnel, above Lac du Chambon, the Marmotte ride is once again feasible.The Marmotte involves the Col du Glandon, the Col de Telegraph, Col du Galibier, and finally Alpe d'Huez. I've ridden them all individually. Riding them together, in one day, is definitely on my bucket list. The total distance is 174 kilometres.

On July 2nd, the official Marmotte will see thousands of riders attempt the route in a fully organised and supported event. Instead of that, by being in the area for a couple of weeks, I'm planning to build up to it, by riding combinations of climbs before going for the full trip.

Bring it on!

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