Revised route for La Marmotte 2015 to use Les Lancets de Montvernier

Revised route for La Marmotte 2015
Revised route for La Marmotte 2015

Here is the official revised route map and profile for next months Marmotte cycling event. Following the forced closure to the Tunnel du Chambon for emergency repairs, authorities have had to change the course of the 2015 Marmotte. What is interesting about this years route, is that similar to the 2015 Tour de France and the 2015 Etape du Tour they will now also incorporate the short but impressive set of 18 back to back hairpin bend Lacets de Montvernier(switchbacks) of the Lacets de Montvernier. Les Lancets (French for loop or hairpin), dates back to the 1930’s and is just 4km long, with an averaging gradient of around 8%. The majority of switchbacks are concentrated to within a 2.5km stretch, resulting in a corner every 150m. Although being climbed for both the Tour de France, the Etapt du Tour and now La Marmotte, descending this road quickly is seen as a hugely technical challenge and requires great breaking and cornering skills.

Revised profile for La Marmotte 2015
Revised profile for La Marmotte 2015

 

 

 

 

 

L’Étape du Tour 2015 in La Maurienne Valley

Etape du Tour 2015On the Sunday 19th July the 2015 edition of L’Étape du Tour will be held in La Maurienne Valley. This region known as the worlds largest cycling area will also feature in 3 stages of the Tour de France. The event mirrors the 142km 19th stage of the Tour de France between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and La Toussuire-Les Sybelles.

Registration for the event opened on the 6th November 2014. Details can be found via the following links. L’Étape de Tour

Cycling in La Maurienne Valley