Marmotte Route - 2006 Edition

The Marmotte Route DVD is a 3 DVD set comprising the route of la Marmotte. These DVD's are filmed in the Alps in France during the spring and summer of 2005.

The ride does a 174 km or 100-mile circuit over three of the toughest mountain passes of the Tour de France and then climbs about 14 km or 8 miles up Alpe d'Huez,  for a total of about 5000 meters or 17,000 feet of climbing.

3 DVD's - Total playing time 4 hours and 56 minutes

(Quality downsized for reducing downloadtime)

La Marmotte is a Cyclo-Sportif, which is a type of cycling race popular in France that not only puts riders against each other, but also scores each rider according to his time. The top riders race against each other, while the less sportive aim for a bronze, silver, or gold "diploma."

Total playing time 4 hours and 56 minutes.

 

In 2005 the Marmotte proved to be different than other years.  A tunnel in the descent of the Col de la Croix de Fer was closed due to maintenance, so a different route was chosen for the Marmotte Route.

In 2005 the Marmotte proved to be different than other years. A tunnel in the descent of the Col de la Croix de Fer was closed due to maintenance, so a different route was chosen for the Marmotte Route. Just a few kilometers before reaching the summit of the Col de la Croix de Fer, a left turn to the Col du Glandon was this years alternative.

From that point the descent of the Col du Glandon would bring us to the village of St. Jean de Maurienne continuing to the Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier.

In 2006 the Col du Glandon will again likely be part of La Marmotte again in favor of Col de la Croix de Fer. For more general information about La Marmotte see http://marmotte.bizland.com (Dutch) or for more Col information see http://www.cyclingcols.com or for more general information of cycling in the Alpes see http://grenoblecycling.free.fr/index.htm

The Marmotte Route DVD is a 3 piece DVD set comprising the route of the 2005 Marmotte. The quality of picture has been greatly improved (compared to the 2004 version of this DVD) with a fixed-angle camera position.

DVD 1 and DVD 2 contain high quality video-images of the beautiful scenery of the 174 kilometer Marmotte Route. In 2005 the Col de la Croix de Fer was dropped from the Marmotte route in favor of the Col du Glandon. The reason of this diversion was maintenance and the subsequent closure of a tunnel close to the exit to Col du Mollard, 15 kilometers into the descent of the Col de la Croix de Fer. DVD 1 and DVD 2 show the Marmotte route of 2005 with the Col du Glandon descent.

DVD 3 contains five different chapters. Chapter 1 is a 30 minute compilation of the Marmotte route DVD 1 and DVD 2. A four minute animation (compiled by Joel Bard compiled using the 3D software Kashmir) flies us through the Marmotte route in no time. The voice over used in this chapter explains what the Marmotte route is all about. Chapter 2 contains the ascent of the last 1,8 kilometer of the Col de la Croix de Fer (starting from the intersection to the Col du Glandon), and the descent of the Col de la Croix de Fer al the way through just before the closed tunnel. Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 contain beautiful panorama views of the Col de la Croix de Fer and Col du Galibier. As a highlight of this DVD, Chapter 5 contains a 26 minute compilation of a video taken during La Marmotte of 1994 and 1995, filmed by Kees de Zeeuw. Kees truly did a remarkable job taking interviews while climbing the mountains on his bike !

 

 Content Disc one 108 minutes: 

 

 Col du Glandon

Col du Télégraphe

  Content Disc two 95 minutes:

 

 Col du Galibier Northern Ascent

Col du Galibier Southern Descent

Alpe d’Huèz Ascent

  Content Disc three 93 minutes:
 

Marmotte route compilation (30 minutes)

Col de la Croix de Fer (29 minutes)

Col de la Croix de Fer Panorama (3 minutes)

Col du Galibier Panorama (3 minutes)
Marmotte 1994 - 1995
(27 minutes)

Bonus item: slideshow (5 minutes) 

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