Return to La Marmotte

Bryan and Dana Albert training on Mt. Diablo

“The most miserable of my memories from the 2003 race is of climbing the Col du Galibier. It is a Hors Catégorie monster, more than 11 miles long and climbing almost 4,000 feet to the highest summit of La Marmotte. At almost 8,500 feet, this is frequently the highest elevation of the Tour de France as well. Statistics alone don’t do this climb justice. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the third major climb of La Marmotte; maybe it’s the elevation; maybe it’s the sheer leg-wringing length of the thing.”

Read the entire story of Dana’s return to Marmotte here.

Read all of Dana's stories:

Riding La Marmotte
Team Time Trial
T-Mobile Int'l: A Spectator's Eye View
Confessions of an Un-Doper (in three parts)
   Part 1
   Part 2
   Part 3
Return to La Marmotte (in three parts)
   Part 1 Preparation
   Part 2 Race Day
   Part 3 Notes and Climb Profiles
Interview with Michael Aisner (in two parts)
   Part 1
   Part 2
5 Seconds on a Mountain Pass
Red Zinger/Coors Classic DVD Release Party
Punish Me, Young Man!
Nevada City Classic - A Closer Look
Riding the Everest Challenge (in two parts)
   Part 1
   Part 2