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patrick.vandenbroeke




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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: La Marmotte 2018 Reply with quote

Is it a good idea to ride " La Marmotte " ( cyclo in the French Alpes ), begin july and compete in the IRONMAN Maastricht ? Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like ideal cycling preparation.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had experience of the La Marmotte as my background is road cycling, I would say Marmotte is a big test. The climb from Col de Telepgraph up to top of the Glandon is one of the hardest gruelling climbs possible 30km + averaging over 10% in some sections. I have ridden other brutal climbs like Mortirolo and Monte Bodone whcih are much steeper, but the physological impact of a 30km climb is pure suffering adn survival, the last climb Alpe d'Huez was a breeze after that for me. Having said the above it's like any endurance event did I eat properly, did I have enough fluids, did I train sufficiently.....it's a great sportive, I hear it's very popular now with more riders than ever, the field is a great mix from a very high standard to a lower standard. I would recommend La Marmotte as a tick off the endurance book, such a great event but when I saw riders pulled up on side of the road trying to find energy to finish 5km from the finish line and unable to do so, this is a great test. My time was 7hrs 30mins. I plan to go back...8 years ago now.

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Greg66




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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rode the Marmotte in 2013 before doing IMC at the end of August that year.

Personally, I found the Marmotte a harder physical and mental challenge. The temp that year was good for IMC but hot for the Marmotte; I don't like heat much. I remember sitting at the top of the Galibier trying to stretch out the cramps in my quads, and causing my hamstrings to cramp, and vice versa. It's also very easy to burn matches like theres no tomorrow on the Glandon and the Telegraphe, because you can, really, and then fid the real business has only just started.

It certainly wont hurt your IM prep as ing as you have a reasonable recovery period, but my one single word of advice would be not to treat it as a training ride: it is a proper event in its own right and you shouldn't assume that IM training will mean it will be a breeze.
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