Over the past week and a bit I have entered the 3 biggest French cyclo-sportives there is. Perhaps the only person to even attempt it?
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Here is a quick re-cap, click on the link for the full blogs:
La Marmotte. 175km, 5200m climbing. Finishing time: 6hrs 39min (full course), 6hrs 15min (official inc. neutralised Glandon descent). Finishing position: 56th.
L’Etape du Tour Act 1. 152km, 4200m climbing. Finishing time: 6hrs 26min. Finishing position: 39th.
L’Etape du Tour Act 2. 198km, 4200m climbing (approx.). Finishing time: 7hrs 18min. Finishing position: 34th.
There is also a separate competition within the Etape du Tour series for riders who complete both events. Only 373 riders finished both and of those I was the 5th fastest! I wonder if any of those also did the Marmotte though?
So which was the hardest, the most enjoyable, the best atmosphere? Which would I do again?
For that you will have to wait, full write up coming to a magazine soon.