Maximum safety measures at the Marmotte Granfondo Alpes


Friday 31 July 2020 by Herman Nekkers


Since the date of the Marmotte Granfondo Alpes (the Marmotte) has been moved to September 5, organizer Golazo will continue with the preparations. No effort has been spared to ensure the safety of participants and staff. We spoke to the organization about this.


To make the 2020 edition possible, Golazo had to make a lot of adjustments. Let's list the most important ones:

- Stay at home with any complaints that may indicate corona.

- The number of participants is limited to 5000.

- It is not possible to register manually on the spot.

- From 7:00 - 7:50 the start will take place in a gradual flow of participants.

- At the supplies only water and sports drinks are available, no solid food (CK: you get a bar/ bars from the organization, but arrange your own food).

- Wearing a mask is mandatory at the start, at the start, at the supplies and at the finish as soon as the social distancing of 1 meter cannot be respected. Masks are not provided by the organization, please bring your own.

- Showers and changing rooms are not available at the finish.

The organization emphasizes that the safety regulations are strictly adhered to, but that the success of the measures depends on everyone's individual behaviour. Important: read all the information in the newsletter below!

Contrary to what has been customary in recent years, the Marmotte is not organized on Sundays, but on Saturdays. This is because another event takes place on Sunday in Bourg d'Oisans. This change does not affect the route and the usual road closures. These are as usual.

The intention is to return next year on the first Sunday of July. However, this is not certain yet, as the Tour which will start 2 weeks earlier than usual has to be taken into account.

The Marmotte will therefore continue under the reservation of a new corona wave. There are still plenty of starting tickets available! If you want to ride this beautiful gran fondo this year, sign here.

Our accommodation tips

Hotel Au Bon Accueil

Hotel/Auberge La Douce Montagne


The LEPAPE Marmotte Granfondo Alpes will take place on September 3rd, 4th and 5th. Organizing this event in this period will require adaptation and strictness. All together, we will succeed in this challenge. It’s your individual behavior that will allow us to organize the LEPAPE Marmotte Granfondo Alpes in complete safety.

Program reminder:

2020/09/03 at 9h00 :
-9AM : Grimpée de l’Alpe d’Huez //Distance : 13 km and 1100 m of climbing  // Start : Bour d’Oisans // Finish : Alpe d’Huez

-10AM to 7PM : withdrawal of race number, expo & entertainment


2020/09/4-5 :

-Rando des Marmotte, 2 days :

-2020/09/4  8AM to 8:30AM : Bourg d’Oisans – Valloire /// 98 km and 2700 m D+ 

-2020/09/5  8AM to 8:30AM : Valloire – Alpe-D’Huez /// 76 km and 2500 m D+ 

-10AM to 7PM : withdrawal of race number, expo & entertainment


2020/09/5 : LEPAPE Marmotte Granfondo Alpes

From 7h00 : start at Bourg d’Oisans : 174 km and 5000 m D+ /// Col du Glandon, Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier, Grimpée de l’Alpe d’Huez.

Finish line : Alpe d’Huez

Bibs are still available, limited to 5,000 registered this year

Measures against covid-19:

We have created a series of measures against Covid-19 to ensure your safety and that of the members of our organization. However, compliance with these measures and social distancing will depend on you. It is your individual behavior that will allow us, collectively, to organize the LEPAPE Marmotte Granfondo Alpes in complete safety. We are counting on you.

Reminder of basic barrier gestures:
Registration and number withdrawal:
-If you have symptoms, felt ill days before the event (fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of taste) or if you are one of the target groups at risk we invite you to stay at home.
-The number of participants is limited to 5,000 participants instead of the usual 8,000. 
-There will be no paper registration the day of the race. 
-Wearing a mask will be compulsory: in the exhibition village, when you pick up your race number, at the start, in the refreshment areas, at the finish and as soon as social distancing (1 meter minimum) is not possible. You must come with your own mask. No mask = no entry to the areas mentioned above. 
-All the infrastructures will be moved outdoors. 
-Hydroalcoholic gel will be at your disposal.

Start :
-4 departure SAS from 7:00 am to 7:50 am with a capacity of 5000 participants.
-All departures will be with a constant flow but scattered for 50 minutes in order to make the course more fluid.

Refreshment areas :
-You will receive your energy product bar when withdrawing your number. As a result, there won't be any solid refreshments on the race. Only liquid: water and drinks adapted to the effort. 
-Mandatory mask-wearing on the food zones.

Arrival meal:
We will distribute an individual bag containing your entire meal.

Changing rooms, showers:
For safety reasons, there will be no changing rooms and showers this year.







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