Going for Gold: the Marmotte’s Time Schedule

Going for Gold: the Marmotte’s Time Schedule

Going for Gold: the Marmotte’s Time Schedule 150 150 Roderick Derks

The great Olympic spirit says that it's more important to participate then to win. That's is so wise and so true, but only when I finish within 8 hours of departure.

The reward for setting a really good time: A Golden Diploma (hear the sound of a church choir in the background). There also seem to be silver and bronze diploma's. I'm not really interested in those. I'm going for the brevet d'or. This still is a race you know.

Former winners of this race have proven to be exceptionally good cyclists. For instance: in 1992 the winner was the young Laurent Brochard, a guy who became a well known professional cyclist. That year the Marmotte was an extreme adventure: very cold and heavy rains. Thousands of cyclists didn't make it to the finish. A lot of heroic stories were made that day.

This link will show you the route of the Marmotte.

My Golden Time Schedule..

Le depart de la Marmotte is at 7 AM. As I'm in the third group I''ll probably pass the starting line around 7:10 AM. And then fly like the wind to the first climb to get into a good position. The time schedule I'm going for is set to pass the finishline within 8 hours. That's 177 km with an average speed of 22.125 km/h. Including pit stops. So I really have to give it my best shot and hope that the weather is good.

07:00 Depart
09:15 Col de la Croix de Fer
11:00 Col du Telegraph
12:30 Col du Galibier
13:30 Start climbing the Alpe d'Huez
14:40 Finish

Latest finish time for a brevet d'or: 15:49 (when the starting time is 07:00).

Roderick Derks

Liefhebber van fietsen, van het oplossen van IT puzzels, en van het delen van informatie om anderen te helpen.

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