BaseCamp alumnus Frank Ostyn shared his experience at the 2022 Lepape Marmotte Granfondo Alpes in France.
My first A event of the year was The Marmotte on 07/03 in France. That is a Century (175km) with a 4 big climbs and 5000m of climbing. I will share the names of the climbs as 3 of them are used (twice) in the TDF: Glandon, Télégraphe, Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez.
My target was to finish this in 9h30min, and I was on schedule for that during the first 100km (climbing at low tempo). When I started the third climb (Galibier), I started to feel cramps in both legs, though. Nothing too bad, I did manage to finish that climb (very slowly and with two coca cola stops 🙂). The long descent afterwards was a treat (20km on a road closed for traffic) but when I reached the foot of Alpes d'Huez, I felt that the cramps were still there and called it a day. 8h15min on the bike for 160km and 4000m of altitude: I guess I will have to live with the fact that rides longer than 6hr continue to be a challenge for me.
The good news is that I am better shape then ever (thanks to working with you this winter) and that our next event (7 Day event from Geneva to Nice) is only 7 weeks away. 🙂 Expect to hear from me after that.
Enjoy your summer riding!