I have been asked to provide a little more information about what it is Scott and I are doing today. We are riding in the Marmotte Alps Cycling Sportive, which takes place every year in the heart of the French Alps.
Official Marmotte Website states:
The Marmotte Alps begins at sunrise in the heart of Bourg d’Oisans. Once the starting shot has sounded, the tension makes way for adrenaline and determined pedaling, all to the soundtrack of loud applause of the overlooking crowd. After a flat 10 kilometers, the first real obstacle can be seen in the distance: Col du Glandon (1 924m), a long but consistent climb of 20 kilometer with steep passages of up to 10%. After reaching the top, times are frozen due to safety regulations. This gives time to recuperate and focus on the technical and steep descent. Once below the road steadily rises to leave Vallée de la Maurienne. Saint Michel de Maurienne is the starting point of the toughest challenge of the day: the succession of the Télégraphe (1 570m) and the Galibier (2 645m), or 2000 altimeters over 35km. The refreshment station in Valloire is most welcomed and lets participants know they have reached halfway. It is recommended to stock up on reserves as the ascent of the Galibier, known for its white snowed flanks, is just around the corner. The descent of the Galibier brings the participants over le Col du Lautaret towards Bourg d’Oisans. The 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez challenge the fatigued legs one last time. 6500 courageous cyclists battle their way up, mirroring numerous pro’s who did the exact same thing in Paris-Nice, the Dauphiné or the Tour de France, to finally cross the finish line with a mix of emotions, relief, pain and pride!
Distance & altimeters:174 km | 5000 Altimeters
Cols or mountain passes : Col du Glandon 22km 5.5%, Col du Telegraphe 11.5km 7.3%, Col du Galibier 17.6km , 7% Alpe d’huez 13km 8%
To train for this Scott has been cycling throughout the year and over winter. In 2016 he has ridden over 1800km and climbed over 18,000m (that’s over 70 hours on a bike) in training all whilst still completing his GCSEs.
This week alone he has ridden over 300km in 5 countries in preparation and so at 7am UK time, he will set off with around 8000 other cyclists to see if he can complete this one day cycling challenge. To put this in context, in 2015, during exceptional heat, 3500 of the 8000 participants did not complete the event.
The plan is for it to take between 11-13 hours (dependant upon the conditions) to get to the finish at the top of Alpe d’Huez so cheer him on and donate to the charity he is riding for Barth Syndrome Trust www.justgiving.com/ScottsMarmotte
That’s him in the white shirt……