Marmotte 2005 Start: 1 January 2005 10:42 End: 1 January 2005 11:42 Venue:Marmotte Four rowingbikers participated in the Marmotte, one of the toughest cyclosportives: 174 km and 5000 meters difference in height. Jacques Choppinet having fun in the mountains, but was unable to complete the Marmotte due to a injury. The Marmotte veterans are just able to pose for the photographer. Looking at the faces after passing the finish the wear & tear is still visible… Martijn Mateman was the first rowingbiker passing the finish in ± 12 hours, 18 minutes. Johan Marynissen on the Alpe d’Huez. From the Calibier you stare 1.5 km in the depth, to the place were you still had hope… After the Glandon and the Telegraph we were all relatively fresh… Today Marmotte day! The rows of backache-racers, which I might be calling just racers more respectfully again, seemed infinite. Theo. You’ll pass nice spots in the Alps. The last small training lap before the real work next day begins. The day before the Marmotte: each has his own preparation: Derk with pasta, Jacques and Theo with a nice French beer.