2010 Marmotte and the Trophee de l'Oisans

June 27th to July 5th, 2010

Itinerary - What's Included - Options

Are you looking for a cycling challenge? Have you been riding the Etape or other Cyclosportive and are ready for something a bit different, yet in the same spirit?

The Trophee de l'Oisans might be just for you: a week a fun and challenging events in the Alps. These events are timed and those participating in all 4 see their respective pitted against one another. In reality there is also a great atmosphere between fellow riders.

The 4 events are: La Vaujany  -  Le Prix des Rousses  -  La Marmotte  -  La Grimpee de l'Alpe

One of the staff members on this trip will be Olivier Dulaurent, also known affectionately as Duduche. Not only has Duduche been working with us for the past 3 years, but he is also quite possibly the best resource on the Trophee de l'Oisans and CycloSportives in General. His cycling resume is quite impressive and among his many wins feature the Grand Trophee (TWICE!) which is a series of 10 cyclo Sportive which include the Marmotte. He also finished second (twice as well). In addition he has finished the Marmotte 8th overall once and 10th another time.


(Duduche pictured right)

A 25% deposit per person is required to reserve a spot. If places are still available when we receive your application along with deposit, you will receive notification of your registration. If the trip is sold out, you will be given the option to be placed on a waiting list or choice of another trip. Waitlist order is on a first come first serve basis as well.


La Vaujany -  June 27th - 173km including the climbs to Alpes du Grand Serre, Col d'Ornon (very picturesque!), Alpe d'Huez by Villars Reculas (not Bourg d'Oisans) and finally the climb to Vaujany. 3800m (12500') of elevation gain on the day. There is also a shorter less difficult course of 109km and 2450m (8000') of elevation which bypasses the climb to Alpe d'Huez

- Le Prix des Rousses - June 30th - an amazing 40km time trial... aerobars not required! The individual timed effort starts in Bourg d'Oisans and goes up the classic Alpe d'huez climb, makes a loop in the ski resort, comes back down partially, heads West down to Villars Reculas and ends in Vaujany. 1600m (5250') elevation gain over the 40km course.


- La Marmotte - July 3rd -  "La Piece de Resistance!!!". This is the major event in the series. The Marmotte was the first cyclosportive created, back in 1982 and with such climbs as Col de la Croix de Fer, the Telegraphe+Galibier combo and the climb up to Alpe d'Huez, it remains "the" reference to this day - the event every cyclo-sportif should ride at least once (or every year as some do!).

It all starts in Bourg d'Oisans at the base of Alpe d'Huez. The base of the first climb the col de la Croix de Fer comes quickly followed by the col du Telegraphe, Galibier and finally Alpe d'Huez. After going over the col du Glandon for a few years due to an ongoing construction project on the road to the col de la Croix de Fer, it should be back to the classic course over the Croix de Fer in 2010. At the end of the day, 174km with 16404' of eevation gain - congratulations!
- La Montee de l'Alpe - July 4th - Never enough Alpe d'Huez! The final event of this "Trophee de l'Oisans" is a timed event up the 21 switchbacks. Times will be tallied tonight to find out individual rankings!





2010 Trophee de l'Oisans

Rate : $2995 / person

9 nights, 10 days  -  June 26th to July 5th

Pick up + Drop off in Lyon airport (LYS)

Hotel location : Alpe d'Huez

OPTIONS: Trip insurance /  Bike Rental  /  extension to ride+see the TDF


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June 26th
We will be pick at Lyon Airport (LYS airport code) at noon and head East into the Alps and Alpe d'Huez. On the way we will stop at registration or those who would rather, can bike over to registration by bike to shake the rust off from the travels.

June 27th

The first of our challenges is upon us; La Vaujany. After an early breakfast, we'll be able to ride downhill to the start in Le Vernet. We'll have a separate feedzone setup along the course to allow for an additional fueling option. We'll also take a private-needs bag over so you can have or leave anything you may want to pick-up or drop-off. We'll be waiting for you at the arrival with a recovery drink and to transfer you back to the hotel. A massage could be scheduled for hits evening if you wish (advanced notice will be required to setup)


June 28th

We've got a couple of days off before our next event - which is on the shorter side, tomorrow. There will be some time to relax of course and perhaps enjoy some of the amenities the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez has to offer. The hiking is excellent. Of course we'll have a ride scheduled around mid to late morning. It is hard to find some flat sections in the area, but we'll do our best to find places to spin the legs a bit. We'll also make sure there is a vehicle available to bring you back up to Alpe d'Huez instead of having to ride it... unless you want to, of course! The good news is that there aren't many people who know the races and the area better than Olivier - you're in great hands!

June 29th

There are a number of possible rides in the area. And while tomorrow's event will require a fast pace, the distance isn't long enough to not tackle one of the rides in the area.

Our original option will be to ride to Les Deux Alpes, another famous climb. The round trip from our hotel will keep our climbing legs going and is about 67km (42 miles) with 2000m of elevation gain (6500') Of course we'll be able to offer alternative rides to suit everyone.


June 30th

Event #2! The Prix des Rousses. This is an exciting event and it's always nice to see if you can spot people who were on the Vaujany. Perhaps you'll spot someone you rode with for part of the way two days ago. The start time is 9:00am, which will allow ample time for a good lunch at the top of Alpe d'Huez. If some are interested in riding a bit more, it will be possible to ride back to the hotel. Otherwise we will have a vehicle to get you back to Alpe d'Huez.

July 1st + 2nd

After a couple of events behind us and with 2 more to come, we'll offer a few ride options. While it is tempting to want to check off some of the big name climbs, it is just as important to keep the rides very manageable with the Marmotte so close. We'll be able to ride some of the "Crest roads" (road that follow the top of mountain tops) which offer beautiful scenery.

The option of riding more difficult climbs such as the col d'Izoard is also available but will be a personal decision based on the level of freshness of each individual.

July 3rd

The big day! We'll roll down to Bourg d'Oisans for the start of the race. We'll have a private feedzone setup for our guests which is always a big plus. You'll also be able to give us a bag to have at that area to either collect or leave belongings and will have a pump and few tools if needed.

Being located in Alpe d'Huez is ideal as you can simple roll to the hotel once the race is over! We'll be waiting for you with recovery drinks and would recommend scheduling a nice sport massage

July 4th

The premise of this final event is quite simple, really; start in Bourg d'Oisans at the base of the climb and ride the short 13.5km (8.3 miles) up to Alpe d'Huez. The day after the Marmotte this straightforward ride can become daunting however!

We'll enjoy a final dinner together this evening and toast the end of an exciting cycling challenge!

July 5th

Early departure for a drop-off at Lyon Airport around Drop-off at Lyon airport around 10:00am.... our join us to view/ride the Tour de France



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- 8 nights accommodations at Alpe d'Huez

- Breakfast daily

- 5 Dinners

- Transfers from/to Lyon airport

- Entries to:

La Vaujany


Le Prix des Rousses


La Marmotte


La Grimpee de l'Alpe

- Services of our guide(s)

- Private Feedstation

- Daily guided ride outside of events

- Use Of Garmin Edge 605/705 GPS units during the trip

- Memories to last a lifetime!



Rental Bikes. Full carbon Frame w/ Ultegra group with compact cranks (34x 25/27 low gear)
- Trip Insurance

- join us to view/ride the Tour de France