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4 March 2021   |   Blog   |   

The Three Must-Do European Cyclosportives

There is a massive choice when it comes to Cyclosportives these days, both in Ireland, in Europe, and further afield. Here at Sports Travel International however, we believe there are a few Cyclosportives that every serious cyclist should do at least once.

Read below to find out what they are and what makes them so great!

The Etape du Tour

When: Sunday 4 July, 2021
Where: Nice and the Cote d’ Azur
Field: 15000 riders
Distance: 177 km
Ascent: 3570 m
Climbs: Col de la Colmiane, Col de Turini, Col d’Èze.
Accessibility: 
Fly into Nice (NCE) or drive
Entry availability: 
Entries usually sell out very fast via the Etape du Tour website. Guaranteed entries with Sports Travel International

What’s so special about it?: 

This is your chance to ride a stage of the Tour de France, the greatest cycle race in the world. Every year you have the opportunity to test yourself against the riders of the pro Peloton on the exact same course on closed roads. The stage which is chosen often alternates between a Pyrenean and an Alpine stage but in recent years has broken with tradition and remained in the Alps. I guess it’s not a tradition anymore if you break with it too often?! In 2021 the route of the Etape du Tour will match that of stage 2 of the 2020 Tour de France. At this stage, last year, local legend and 2019 Tour hero Julian Alaphilippe took the victory ahead of Marc Hirschi and Adam Yates.

Why book the Etape du Tour with Sports Travel International?
  • A choice of high quality hotels in Nice
  • Guaranteed entry into the Etape du Tour*
  • Bike rental options*
  • Airport transfers from Nice on Friday and Saturday for your arrival and on Monday for your departure*
  • A professional race briefing in Nice
  • 2 additional food and support stops on the route
  • Mechanical support from our team of pro mechanics

*These options are available as stand alone options or with a travel package

BOOK THE 2021 ETAPE DU TOUR NOW or email us here if you have any questions – email us

La Marmotte Alps

When: Sunday 27th June, 2021 (same day as the Etape)
Where: From Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez
Field: 8500 riders
Distance: 170km
Ascent: 5000m
Climbs: Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, Alpe d’huez climb
Accessibility: Fly into Geneva or Lyon or drive
Entry availability: Small amount of entries for general sale, guaranteed entries with Sports Travel International

What’s so special about it?: 

The Granfondo Marmotte is an extremely tough event. It is a 170km Alpine climbing bonanza between Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez with 5000m of climbing. The event does not take place on closed roads, but there are rolling road closures, which make for a safe and enjoyable day. The Marmotte is a firm favourite for foreign riders with the field containing just 20% French riders. Previous winners of the Marmotte include Dutchman Laurens ten Dam before he turned pro. There are no cut off points en-route but you have to get to the bottom of Alpe d’Huez before 18.30 otherwise you will not be allowed to start the climb and you will be taken up to your hotel by car. In 2015 the Marmotte took place on an adjusted course without the Galibier as the Tunnel du Chambon was closed and it was also extremely hot that day. By 2016 however, we were back on the ‘classic’ route.

Why book the 2021 Marmotte with Sports Travel International?
  • A choice of hotels in Alpe d’Huez
  • Guaranteed entry into the Marmotte*
  • Airport transfers from Geneva on Friday for your arrival and on Monday for your departure*
  • A professional race briefing in Alpe d’Huez
  • 2 additional food and support stops on the route
  • Mechanical support from our team of pro mechanics

*These options are available as stand alone options or with a travel package

BOOK THE 2021 MARMOTTE ALPS NOW or email us here if you have any questions – email us

Marmotte Pyrenees

Maratona dles Dolomites

The Maratona dles Dolomites is widely regarded as one of the toughest cycling events around, packing in a lot of climbing despite its relatively ‘short’ distance
When: Sunday July 4, 2021
Where: Italian Dolomites
Field: 8500 riders
Distance: 138km
Ascent: 4100m
Climbs: Passo Campologno, Pordoi, Sella, Gardena, Giau, Valparola, Mur DL Giat
Accessibility: Fly into Venice Marco Polo or Treviso airport and take our airport transfer
Entry availability: On sale in December, sold out within a day, guaranteed entries with Sports Travel International

What’s so special about it?: 

Not because of the distance but the amount of climbing packed into the route. For well over 30 years, the Maratona has been one of the highlights of the year in the beautiful Italian Dolomites. This is a quality event, from the event itself and its flawless organisation to the hotel standard. Even though the Maratona dles Dolomites is not one of the longest, it makes up for it with the amount of climbing. It manages to pack 4190m of climbing into its 138km course and as you’ll soon discover the climbs are steeper, in general, than both the Alps and Pyrenees!

The race can be done in 3 different ways of varying difficulty: the Sellaronda course, the Middle course and the Maratona course. All riders start at 06:30am in the village of La Villa and the Sellaronda course with 4 mountain passes will be completed first. After completing the Sellaronda course riders can either choose to finish the race or carry on and do the Middle course. As the full Maratona course is basically an extension of the preceding shorter Middle course, riders who want to tackle the full Maratona dles Dolomites have to do the middle course after the Sella Ronda course.

Why book the 2021 Maratona with Sports Travel International?
  • A choice of hotels in Alta Badia
  • Guaranteed entry into the Maratona
  • Airport transfers from Venice on Thursday for your arrival and on Monday for your departure*
  • A professional race briefing in Corvaria in Alta Badia
  • 1 additional food and support stop on the route
  • Mechanical support from our team of pro mechanics

*These options are available as stand alone options or with a travel package

BOOK THE 2021 MARATONA DLES DOLOMITES NOW or email us here if you have any questions – email us

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