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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:25 am    Post subject: Marmotte....Pah!  Reply with quote

Okay boys this should be the next target "le Haute Route"....read and weep!!

http://www.hauteroute.org
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Marmotte is indeed a real tiddler. This one seems like the most stupid single-day challenge one could ever consider:

http://www.sportcommunication.inf...dumontblanc/parcours.php?langue=2

330k / 8000m ascent.

Start 430am. Finish manned until midnight!

Winning time last year circa 12.5 hours.  Shocked

The "Haute Route" sounds great - a stage race with a Mountain TT. Maybe day-long (literally, in the case of the Mont Blanc) Sportives are on their way out and Weekend Warrior stage-racing is the way forward. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:59 am    Post subject: Re: Marmotte....Pah! Reply with quote

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Okay boys this should be the next target "le Haute Route"....read and weep!!

http://www.hauteroute.org


Ha ha ... I'm pretty much doing it in a few weeks (31 cols and 17,000m of ascent), but as a 6 day ride rather than as a sportive ....

Thonon Les Bains to Praz sur Arly (114kms with 2743m ascent) - ncluding Col des Moises (1118m), Col de la Ramaz (1557m) and Megeve (1107m).

Praz sur Arly to Tignes La Reculaz (105 kms and 3079m ascent) - including Col de Saisies (1,633m) Col du Pre (1740m), and Cormet de Roselend (1968m).

Tignes La Reculaz  to Cesana Torinese (127kms and 2620m ascent) including Col de L’Iseran (2764m), Col de Mont Cenis (2,081m), Col de Finistre and the Col de Sestriere.

Cesana Torinese to Vars, (105.5kms, 3004m ascent) including Col de Montgenevre and the Col d’Izoard (2361m).

Vars to Beuil (132kms, 3142m ascent) including the Col de Vars, the Cime de la Bonette (2802m) and the Col de la Couillole (1678m).

Beuil to Antibes (149kms, 2051m ascent) including the Col de St Raphael (876m),the Col de Bleine (1439m) and the Col du Pilon (786m)
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who is this with, Bartali?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

17000m in 6 days riding. That is plain bonkers.. BONKERS.

Good luck with it though. Hope you recover sufficiently in a few weeks time to let us know how it went!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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17000m in 6 days riding. That is plain bonkers.. BONKERS.

Good luck with it though. Hope you recover sufficiently in a few weeks time to let us know how it went!


That was what I thought when I read the Haute Route website - 7 days of it. Madness. Fatigue after 2 to 3 days would finish me off. Completely. At least they've been kind on the cut-off and a pace of 15km/h is what's required. And even if you're HD'ed or abandon a stage, you can start the next day but are out of the race.

On a different note well done to everyone who's getting out there and getting the climbs in. Some heroic stuff being reported. Inspiring Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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17000m in 6 days riding. That is plain bonkers.. BONKERS.

Good luck with it though. Hope you recover sufficiently in a few weeks time to let us know how it went!


That was what I thought when I read the Haute Route website - 7 days of it. Madness. Fatigue after 2 to 3 days would finish me off. Completely. At least they've been kind on the cut-off and a pace of 15km/h is what's required. And even if you're HD'ed or abandon a stage, you can start the next day but are out of the race.

On a different note well done to everyone who's getting out there and getting the climbs in. Some heroic stuff being reported. Inspiring Smile


Heroic...or in my case plain stupid, still I suppose if I did ride one of these big sportives with Bart and SR they could both hide from the wind behind me at the same time..... Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting out on bike and enjoying yourself is never stupid. Well done on having the balls to give it a go Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Who is this with, Bartali?
Marmot Tours.  Never been with them before, so fingers crossed. I really wanted to do the Raid Pyrenean with Pyractif but I couldn't fit it in with work.  Still I'll be back with them next year again - I love the atmosphere there with Chris, Helen and the cats Bernie and Lotte.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Getting out on bike and enjoying yourself is never stupid. Well done on having the balls to give it a go Smile


bah. you're just showing off with your shiny new chain Wink
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Getting out on bike and enjoying yourself is never stupid. Well done on having the balls to give it a go Smile


bah. you're just showing off with your shiny new chain Wink


Well the bike looks all pretty now, but when I saw my profile reflected in a shop window as I passed this morning . . . . lets just say there's still room for improvement on the asthetics Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooh thanks!  Another possibility for MrB when his femur heals.  This is right up his alley.  Still I am pushing Marmotte for him too.

I best be careful or he may think I am trying to kill him. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I best be careful or he may think I am trying to kill him. Cool


Laughing If Mrs G suggested something like this to me, i'd think she was up to no good too.

Good to read he is on the mend BB. Wish him well from us all.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali, you could be a hero, a giant of the road.

Also you could be mad.
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Bartali, you could be a hero, a giant of the road.

Also you could be mad.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bartali, you could be a hero, a giant of the road.

Also you could be mad.


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+1! Very Happy haha
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bartali, you could be a hero, a giant of the road.

Also you could be mad.


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+1! Very Happy haha


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look, we skelp about on narow dodgy road as quick as we can on 23mm wide slick rubber, often in the wet, We're all Feckin mental!! Wink
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Look, we skelp about on narow dodgy road as quick as we can on 23mm wide slick rubber, often in the wet, We're all Feckin mental!! Wink


Not me mate.  After trying 25s a few ears ago and finding them much better, I joined the one or two in our club who ride them.  Then I bought a pair of nearly new wheels already shod with 28s, so I tried those.  After weighing the new wheel and my old ones of course.  I doubt I shall ever go back.  They feel excellent, safe and roll fast enough for my legs, lungs and heart.
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I went the opposite way 10 years ago, there is no way i'd go back to dirtbikes.


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