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Marmotte 2012

Entries are now open for the 2012 European Weekend Warrior Convention in Bourg D'Oisans on 7th July.

Team Wallace and Gromit is already signed up.

Anyone else? There's 7 months and plenty of time for some "Rule 5"... Smile
bbnaz

link?

might be something for the hubby to shoot for after missing out on PBP last year.
SlowRower

http://www.sportcommunication.inf...uve2.php?langue=1&trophee=128

It's a great event and in a great area for a holiday as well if time permits. It certainly gives the winter training an extra edge.
Bartali

Five is enough for me ... got other hills to conquer!
Biosphere

Bartali wrote:
Five is enough for me ... got other hills to conquer!


I thought the all time greats did 7  . . .  and moved on to harassing bouncers in Hertfordshire Wink
Bartali

Five Giri for Coppi, five Tours for Hinault .... and five Marmotte for me Smile
Guiness

Biosphere wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Five is enough for me ... got other hills to conquer!


I thought the all time greats did 7  . . .  and moved on to harassing bouncers in Hertfordshire Wink


Laughing  Laughing  Laughing
Guiness

So what's everyone doing this summer? Feel free to make me very jealous when Mrs G and I are at home with Baby G ...  Mr. Green
SlowRower

Today represents a significant milestone on the route to the Marmotte.

Firstly, the Weather Channel's 10 day forecast extends to race day for the first time, and the omens are not unfavourable at this stage. Something between warm and hot with a risk of a thunderstorm is definitely manageable. I don't think the thermals will be needed. Smile

Since 5pm yesterday I have no more turbo sessions to endure before signing on. <<Champagne cork popping icon>>

Much as I like pain and suffering whilst training, turbo sessions with the doors and windows shut in the quest for heat acclimatisation is a bit much, even for me. After yesterday's session, I could wring sweat out of my socks, which is not something I've ever needed to do before. <<Apologies to Mrs SR for being gross icon>>

I now need to find some way of avoiding exploding from excessive excitement for a week, which could be something of a challenge.
MrsSR

It would be fair to say the SlowRower household is one big box of excitement. The little Rowers are away for the weekend and have been packed since Monday so they are just about ready to explode.
Mr SR, from the look of the floor beneath the turbo last night already has exploded so that just leaves me to bring calm to the whole situation  Shocked
Fontfroide

Two pals of mine who did the Ardechoise and then did the route of the Marmotte.  And the one, who had never before done these things, was very stunned, excited, and wrote a blog.  Loads of photos too.  Good writer too.

http://thinkingaboutcycling.wordp...com/2012/07/10/cycling-in-france/
gerry12ie

Cave just interviewed on ES and made the point that the grupetto the other day finished 20 minutes faster than the quickest etape time for the same route
Fontfroide

I made the same point a couple of days ago in my blog.  I was curious.  And the bus is not riding for glory either, just cruising along trying to miss the cutoff.  And the grupetto has ridden for many days, not just one.  Those pros are truly something else.

They are the best riders on earth.  Still, doing well in the Etape takes a bit of work too.
Bartali

It's a fair point, but in fairness to the Acte 1 etape guys they did have much tougher weather conditions and it isn't anywhere near as 'pro' as the Marmotte SR just completed.

Yesterdays Acte 2 was won in 6 hours something in atrocious conditions.  I suspect the Tour stage will come in an hour quicker.
SlowRower

Doing the Marmotte is fun. Look at these guys exhibiting extreme post-event euphoria...

MAILLOT JAUNE

What a classic team kit - hope to see it on the Tour one day!
Boogerd_Fan

classic.. like a DS shouted "Smiiiiile" after the Marmotte and thats all you guys could muster Very Happy

hehe
gerry12ie

The bloke on the right is obviously a bounty hunter, yes?
SlowRower

gerry12ie wrote:
The bloke on the right is obviously a bounty hunter, yes?

I think that was just his reaction to me reminding him that the loser always buys the first round. Smile
Bartali

In answer to FF's question on the other thread ... the forecast was dry and warmish so like most of the other 5000 I set off with arm warmers and a light gilet.  The reality was rain on the Aubisque and Tourmalet and freezing fog on the descents.  I've never been so cold ... ever!



Biosphere

So is that actually Slow Rower on the left - I don't recognise you without the helmet and shades.
Bartali

I thought it was Wallace on the left?
MAILLOT JAUNE

Isn't that Gromit on the left? Wallace is on the right.  Wink
gerry12ie

Bartali, my pal is doing the Tourmalet in the next couple of weeks.  Any tips re the weather?  He will be based near Bayonne for a few weeks so he can afford to wait a bit for a decent forecast but I guess the weather at the top can be very different right?
Bartali

The mountains are always unpredictable, but if he has a go on what's forecast to be a proper clear day he should be okay.  I've ridden it several times and only once (etape day) was it horrible.  I should have known better, but didn't want to carry unnecessary stuff in my pockets so I believed that cloudy meant cloudy not rain.  Check the local weather a Barege or la Mongie the evening before ...
Biosphere

Bart, you look younger than Pozzovivo. What's the secret? Beetroot juice?
MrsSR

SlowRower wrote:
Doing the Marmotte is fun. Look at these guys exhibiting extreme post-event euphoria...


Mr SR has (quite rightly) cut me out of this photo. It is my hand you can see on his right. I was grinning like a complete loon - although it might just have been me squinting into the sun.  Cool
SlowRower

If I'm honest, looking at that photo in the coldlight of day, it's not hard to feel a lot of sympathy for both Mrs SR and Mrs Tim, even when Tim and me are not talking b*llocks. Smile

Anyway, it was discussed at length some time ago that being the brains of the outfit, Mrs SR was Gromit, whilst I was Wallace.

Tim is the Penguin/Feathers McGraw whilst Nick, being bigger than Tim and me combined and jet-propelled downhill, is Preston the Cyberdescender.

Bio - I'm frankly appalled that you didn't spot the Wilier logo on the saddle I'm holding. It's lucky you're leaving Italy soon is all I can say.  Wink
SlowRower

Bartali wrote:
Check the local weather a Barege or la Mongie the evening before ...


My tip would be to get the forecasts from Meteo France or the Weather Channel if possible. The local ones eg those pinned on Tourist office doors, tend to be a rather optimistic during unsettled conditions.
gerry12ie

SlowRower wrote:


Bio - I'm frankly appalled that you didn't spot the Wilier logo on the saddle I'm holding. It's lucky you're leaving Italy soon is all I can say.  Wink


By the look on the face of the Bounty Hunter I would be more concerned about the Wilier you were holding to your right...
Biosphere

SlowRower wrote:

Bio - I'm frankly appalled that you didn't spot the Wilier logo on the saddle I'm holding. It's lucky you're leaving Italy soon is all I can say.  Wink


I thought it was just a directional arrow like you get on tyre sidewalls.

Thanks to Gerry, I will now always think of you as the Charles Grodin character in Midnight Run - your pursuers giving chase in the Marmotte Laughing

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