La Marmotte Granfondo Alps – Le Bourg d’Oisans / Alpe d’Huez
During early early July each year, La Marmotte Granfondo Alps takes place in the Oisans region of the French Alps. The 174km event starts in Le Bourg d’Oisans and after 5000 metres of climbing, passing the Col du Glandon, the Col du Telegraph and the Col du Galibier, ends in the famous mountain resort of Alpe d’Huez.
LA MARMOTTE ALPS – Le Bourg d’Oisans – Alpe d’Huez – Distance 174km, Vertical Assent 5000m, 7500 Competitors
Towns in this region
Other Local Events – Alpe d’Huez Region
EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon – In late July, Alpe d’Huez hosts a three day triathlon event. It uses the Lac du Verney for the swimming stage, the classic 21 hairpin climb to Alpe d’Huez for part of the cycling route, and the alpine meadows at the top of Alpe d’Huez for the running stage. Spanning three days, the event includes a juniors’ competition, a Long Distance Triathlon (2.2km swim, 115km ride and 22km run) and a Short Distance Triathlon (1.2 km swim, 30km ride and 7km run).
La Vaujany – This road cycling event takes place on a weekend towards the end of June, just prior to La Marmotte. It is much quieter and seen as a great warm up for the busier Marmotte the following weekend. The main event is 173km, with 4500 meters of climbing.
Mega Avalanche – The Alpe d’Huez edition of the Mega Avalanche tour is the largest and most popular mountain bike event on the calendar. It is open to both professionals and amateurs, the event attracts 1000’s of mountain bike riders keen to race against the best in the world. This event takes place over three days, with a day of practice, a day of qualifying and finally the race day. Competitors start at 3300m at the Pic Blanc, beginning the race on the glacier before descending over 30km of grueling trail to the end in Allemont at 720m.
Alpe d’Huzes – A Dutch Charity event that takes place each year in early June, where cyclists attempt to climb the Alpe d’Huez six times in a day
Alpe d’Huez Local Airports:
Lyon 154km, Geneva 205km, Grenoble 105km
Lyon 2h, Geneva 2h45, Grenoble 1h35
Alpe d’Huez Nearest Train:
Train Transfer Alpe d’Huez:
Bike Rental Bourg d'Oisans
Bike Rental Alpe d'Huez
ACCOMMODATION FOR ALPE D’HUZES
WEATHER FOR LE MARMOTTE:
Early July – Typically the warmest and driest month of the year and a wonderful time to stay in Alpe d’Huez/Bourg d’Oisans. This is the peak of the summer cycling season, all mountain passes will be open and high pastures will be brimming with wild flowers. Most of the snow lining the roads, even at altitude will have melted away.
As with any month in the Alps, it is always possible to have bad weather and when it is, it can be extremely cold. Just a few years ago, they were clearing 30cm of snow from the top of the Galibier 24hours before the Tour de France was due to pass over. However generally you can expect glorious, if not slightly too hot conditions for cycling. During the 2016 event, they saw temperatures in excess of 40c which resulted in a huge percentage of competitors not making it all the way to Alpe d’Huez.
July in Le Bourg d’Oisans – Average rain 57mm temp. 18C 64 F