Long Distance

The Long distance EDF Alpe d'Huez Triathlon takes place in an exceptional setting and over a unique course!

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.

  • General
  • Course

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.

Equipment depository
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 - 115 km

Recommended gear ratios: Good performance level: 39x25 - Average performance level: 38x25 - Non-mountain users: Triple crankset
End of cycling time set at 6:30 p.m. (closing time of the bike facility)

Supply point
For the bike course, over the 115 km of the course, nine supply points will be set up, with an option for personal refreshments at km 68, at Valbonnais.
Personal refreshments must be handed to the Organisers on the morning of the race.
Km 25 at Séchilienne: water
Km 40 at Alpe du Grand-Serre: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet)
Km 56 at Oris-en-Rattier: water
Km 68 at Valbonnais: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet and savoury) + personal refreshments
Km 76 at Le Perrier: water
Km 86: at the Col d'Ornon pass: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet / savoury)
Km 101 at Bourg-d'Oisans: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet and savoury)
Km 104 at La Garde: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink) and solid (sweet)
Km 109 at Saint-Féréol: liquid (water, Coke, Energy Drink).

Run course
3 loops - 7,3 Km

End of running time set at 9:30 p.m. (closing time of the supply point)

Supply point
For the run course event,9 supply points will be set up over the 22 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.

Cyrille Neveu's Tips

Start at 9:30 a.m
Think about a good warm-up, as the water will be chilly but calm, since the wind usually only picks up in the early afternoon.
Well identify the course before starting.
For those who feel the cold a lot, prepare two swimming caps and why not a bit of warming oil before putting on your full body swimsuit.



The cycling course can be broken down into six stages, each of which has its own special characteristics:

Km 0 to 26 (Séchillienne)
Don't set off too fast, this part is a false flat and there might be a tendency to put on too high a gear ratio, especially as the wind is usually in your advantage over this section. Think of taking along some oversleeves, which are easy to carry and will protect you from the chill. In the mountains, weather conditions can change quickly, so you may find them useful in the event of a storm too.
Km 26 to 40 (Alpe du Grand Serre)
The climb to the Alpe du Grand Serre is not particularly difficult. What with all the enthusiasm, it's easy to get carried away, so it's preferable to use an easy gear ratio balancing velocity and power. That way, you'll be neither out of breath nor fighting it. Don't forget to fill your bottles at Alpe du Grand Serre, because, in spite of the wind on the summit, the heat can be significant in the following valley.
Km 40 to 68 (Valbonnais)
After a short 3 km descent, the valley resembles a downhill false flat. You can therefore put the gears back on and test higher speeds close to 40 km/h. Watch out, there are a few areas that will remind you of why this is a difficult course, take them easy without drawing too much on your muscle's reserves. If you need to eat and drink, this is the time to do it. Prevention is better than cure! The one at Valbonnais is the supply point you should not miss. You must absolutely refill here (liquid and solid). At this supply point there are savoury foods available, take advantage of it for a change from sweets.
Km 68 to 86 (Col d'Ornon)
If you want to let yourself go, this is the time to do it, but with moderation! Always keep your efforts under control. The Col d'Ornon is very pleasant, the last 3 km are steeper, don't hesitate to go back down to easier gear ratios. If it's sunny, the air can become very thin. Don't hesitate to spray yourself and freshen up; a station at Perrier will enable you to fill up your bottles again.
Km 86 to 101 (Bourg d'Oisans)
Be careful on this highly technical descent. Let yourself roll down without making too much of an effort, because your only objective at this stage is to recover, hydrate and feed, to arrive at the foot of the Alpe d'Huez in the best possible conditions. And don't hesitate to stretch your legs.
Km 101 to 115 (The climb up to Alpe d'Huez)
At Bourg d'Oisans: mandatory stop to fill water bottles. The first six bends up to La Garde are awful – the climb is steep and the heat is stifling, so be patient and don't hesitate to use your easiest gear ratio. Between La Garde and Saint-Féréol (bends 16 to 7) you'll be smiling again, as the gradient is less steep, and you too are now part of the legend of this route that has seen a century of great cycling champions go by. You should use each bend to revive and recover. It'll still be very hot, so don't hesitate to spray yourself. Between Saint-Féréol and the Patte d'Oie (bends 7 to 3): here you go above 1500 m in altitude, so it will be a little less hot. Take advantage of the Huez crossing to catch your breath, because the difficulties will come back starting with bend No. 4.
Between the Patte d'Oie and the finish line, the steep climbs are back and they are exacerbated by a new problem, the wind that blows on the summit. These are the last few kilometres now, and you'll finish with energy and courage plus the pleasure of seeing your fellow riders making their way up once you are in the last few bends.



Run course
The course is a mixture of paths and asphalted roads. In the climbs, you should shorten your stride, and let yourself go on the way downhill.
There are twelve supply points on the course, so drink something regularly.
The course consists of 3 loops. The first should be used to find your rhythm and your stride; take the time to become aware of your sensations, as you are at an altitude of between 1800 and 2000 m. Once you have gauged your performance on the first loop, you can let yourself go for the last two...