La Marmotte GrandFondo in the French Alps, July 5th, 2014 - EPIC!!!!

Awesome, awesome ride in France this past weekend - La Marmotte is truly EPIC!!!!

I finished in 9:13... 34 min past the gold-time - but I made ALL the rookie mistakes one could even start to imagine;

  • I rode a bit too fast on Glandon (hey it's only the last 3 km to the top, I can push a bit harder... BIG MISTAKE ;)
  • I took WAAAAY too long breaks in the feeding-zones, I sat on a rock for 30 min near the top of Galibier along with a friend and felt soooooo sorry for myself (while eating cake and drinking coke ;)
  • I didn't catch any trains on the Galibier decent and rode alone into the wind to Bourg at snails pace to not kill my legs....
  • I ate too many gels and bars in the early hours of the race and suffered all the way up Galibier with stomach cramps - gotta eat more of the normal food they offer (bread, cake, ham, brie-cheese etc.)

NEXT TIME I'll surely make a few less of those mistakes, but then likely some other ones! ;)

PS: Thanks to Joe for the tip on the demo Look bike, awesome ride and great convenience to not have to haul our own bikes across the pond!

See ya back in TO soon, I'm flying home tomorrow!

La Marmotte 2014, Strava


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Comment by DY on July 8, 2014 at 7:18am
Nice Keld! Awesome, wanna hear about it at beer night this Thursday!
Comment by Jeff N on July 8, 2014 at 8:36am

Wow, that middle climb looks tough, 60km of up! 

Comment by Keld Juulsgaard on July 8, 2014 at 8:47am

Yup, will try to make it to beer night on Thursday, TONS of stories to bore you with ;) - and yes  Jeff, including that middle Galibier climb of almost 60K (and 2200 height meters ;) - NUTS!

Comment by Jon Spira on July 8, 2014 at 10:06am

Nothing compares to riding the big mountains.  It sounds like a brilliant and fun (albeit painful) experience.  Maybe next year... hmmm...

Comment by Keld Juulsgaard on July 8, 2014 at 10:21am

indeed, indeed Jon ;) - better start planning, Joe and I have a lot of experience to leverage!

Comment by Simon Kelley on July 9, 2014 at 11:09pm

Keld, what an amazing achievement. Well done!

Comment by Keld Juulsgaard on July 10, 2014 at 11:05am

You are an ANIMAL Joe, well done with all those additional climbs the week before and even day after (had to ride to the airport so at least had an excuse for NOT doing the Alpe time-trail on Sunday, hahaha) - for sure a 2nd time around (which I'm confident there will be for me) a lot of hard-learned experiences to leverage ;)

Enjoy Paris, a nice break from the Alps (as nice as they are)

@Simon, see you tonight for Brimley/Beer-night for stories?

Comment by Paul van Dongen on July 19, 2014 at 12:03pm

Wow. What an opportunity to ride such an event, Keld. I agree that brie sandwiches are much tastier than gels and other traditional "bike food". A tip though: the locals wash them down with rosé instead of Coke sometimes as it's a much better compliment to Joe's smoke break.

Comment by Keld Juulsgaard on July 21, 2014 at 11:33am

Thanks guys (@ Paul & Alex)... funny how the little things on the ride is a lot more fun AFTERWARDS than during.... Brie included - will probably have to try the 'local' hydration some time of nice chilled rose wine for fuel, haha


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