Pic of the day: Marmotte/Galibier

Further to my post about sportive hardman Paul Harradine’s monstrous hill repeats up the Bealach-na-ba, I can report on how his Marmotte went. Photo taken by Paul from Col du Galibier (about 2700m) recce a few days before La Marmotte.

Completed La Marmotte on Saturday. 173km over Col du Glandon, Telegraph and Galibier finishing with climb to Alpe d’Huez. Ridiculous temperatures (36C), 5000m of ascent. Still feel like I was beaten with a hammer. Time 7h46min which is probably in top 5% of finishers so pleased. Did 100km today, legs still not working.

I was proud of myself getting into the top 10% of the Bealach-na-ba, but top 5% in the Marmotte? CHAPEAU