It is unique because the swimming event takes place in the crystal waters of the Lac du Verney, accessible to swimmers only during the Triathlon. Exceptionally, thanks to the authorisation of EDF, a partner in the competition, competitors will have the privilege of swimming in clear waters, at an altitude of 700 m, in a setting of greenery provided by the luxuriantly wooded peaks that surround this body of water. Sheer delight, which will soon make you forget the rather chilly temperature of the water, at some 15-16°C at the height of summer.
It is unique because the course of the bike race is quite simply legendary, with 3 mountain passes on the programme – the Alpe du Grand Serre (1375 m) and the Col d'Ornon (1371 m) – as well as the climb of the 21 switching bends of the climb to Alpe d'Huez, which has earned its well-deserved fame in the Tour de France, which includes it almost every year.
The magic of doing the same ride as the participants of the Tour de France never fails to impress both champions and amateurs alike.
The landscapes on this part of the Ecrins Mountains are simply fabulous. If you're lucky, you might even see some chamois on the wild hillsides of the passes!
Patience and courage are the mottos for this major altitude change course, which is unique, finally, because once you've set down your bike, the run course event takes place within the majestic setting of the resort of Alpe d'Huez. The course is a mixture of asphalted roads and mountain paths, and consists of three 7.3 km loops.
One last altitude effort that confirms that the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon is indeed a summit of the international world of triathlon.
Distribution of number bibs
Palais des Sports of Alpe d'Huez
Access to the start line
We advise you to park in Alpe d'Huez and to come down to the start line by bike; an "Access to start line" itinerary will be signposted.
Allow 30 to 40 minutes with 95% of the way is downhill.
Two facilities are provided:
P1: Swimming/Cycling facility (at the Vaujany Verney start line)
P2: Cycling/Footrace facility (at the Alpe d'Huez finish line)
Bicycles should be handed in at P1 on the day of the race.
Three options for your race equipment. You will be provided with a numbered bag upon collecting your bib :
- you may directly leave your equipment at P2 on the race day between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
- you may also leave your equipment at the entrance of P1 and we will arrange transportation and placement of your equipment at your designated place in the bike park (P2) in Alpe d’Huez
- Finally, you may leave your equipment in the bib collection area on the day before the race, and we will arrange transportation and placement of your equipment at your designated place in the bike park (P2) in Alpe D’Huez
Organizers will take care of taking your swimming equipment back to Alpe d’Huez. End of swimming time : 1 hour and 30 mn after the start.
Showers will be available at the Palais des Sports in Alpe d'Huez.
2 loops of 1,1 km
2 loops of 1,1 km
Wetsuits are compulsory, as in summer the water temperature is between 15°C and 16°C.
The swimming event takes place on EDF's Lac du Verney site. Bathing is normally prohibited, so it will only be possible to swim in the lake during the race.
1 loop - 118 km
Recommended gear ratios: Good performance level: 39x25 - Average performance level: 38x25 - Non-mountain users: Triple crankset
End of cycling time set at 6:00 p.m. (closing time of the bike facility)
For the bike course, over the 118 km of the course, nine supply points will be set up, with an option for personal refreshments at km 73, at Valbonnais.
Personal refreshments must be handed to the Organisers on the morning of the race.
Km 24 at Séchilienne: water
Km 40 at Alpe du Grand-Serre: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet)
Km 54 at Col du Malissol: water
Km 73 at Valbonnais: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet and savoury) + personal refreshments
Km 81 at Le Perrier: water
Km 91: at the Col d'Ornon pass: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet / savoury)
Km 105 at Bourg-d'Oisans: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet and savoury)
Km 109 at La Garde: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet)
Km 114 at Huez: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink).
3 loops - 7,3 Km
End of running time set at 9:00p.m. (closing time of the supply point)
For the run course event,9 supply points will be set up over the 20 km of the course, i.e. four on each loop.
Location of the supply points : km 0.1 - 3.1 - 5.5 - 7 - 10.1 - 12.5 - 14 - 17.3 and 19.5.
Each supply point will have water, Coke, energy drinks and solid foods.