Races


Short Distance

In an effort over less than 40 km, you will discover a broad range of landscapes and swim, ride and run through the entire gamut of human emotions.

On the menu: the pure waters of the Lac du Verney, located at an altitude of 700 m and where the swimming event takes place, followed by the summit of the Alpe d'Huez, at more than 1800 m. There is something here to match every appetite.
The climb of the 21 legendary bends to Alpe d'Huez will be the main course of this Triathlon. It is for these bends that people come to ride the Alpe d'Huez, and you won't be disappointed.
Once the climb is over and digested, there's just a 7.3 km loop to be run on the territory of the resort, a worthy dessert to finish a bellyful of sport. But, as here we are at an altitude of 2000 m, you'll still have to hang in there to get to the end of this Triathlon whose beauty will literally… take your breath away! A Short Distance event you'll think of for a long time… And if all that does not make your mouth water…


  • 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.
Footrace gear should be handed in at P2 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on the day of the race.
Wetsuit will be brought back and deposited at P2 by the Organisers.

WARNING
Organisers will give you a numbered bag at the bib pick-up for your personal belongings of before and after the race, it should be given in to the staff at the entrance of the bike park located in the start area in Vaujany le Verney (P1). You can get this bag back as soon as you arrive in Alpe d'Huez, so you will be able to change in case of bad weather. Footrace gear can also be handed in to the Organisers at the "Bib Distribution" point the day before the race.

Showers
Showers will be available at the Palais des Sports in Alpe d'Huez.

Swimming
1 loop - 1,2 km


Cycling
1 loop - 28 km

Supply point
For the bike course, 2 supply points will be set up over the 30 km:
- km 19 (at La Garde): liquid (water, Energy Drink)
- km 24 (at Saint-Féréol): liquid (water, Energy Drink)


Run course
1 loop - 6,7 Km

Cyrille Neveu's Tips

Swimming
Start at 2:00 p.m
The wind usually picks up at noon on the dot. Therefore, there could be some waves and a bit of current.
Make sure you visualise the course before the start.
Think about a good warm-up, as the water will be chilly, between 15°C and 17°C depending on weather.
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.

 

 

Cycling
Until Bourg-d'Oisans, the course is easy going, so you can raise the gear ratio. After Bourg d'Oisans, you just have one more kilometre before the climb up to Alpe d'Huez. Take advantage of that last kilometre to recover and hydrate.
Between the start of the Alpe and La Garde, the hills are very steep, with gradients ranging between 10 and 12%. Do not hesitate to use a low gear ratio.
For your information, to climb the Alpe in less than 50 minutes, you'll have to go by La Garde (Supply point station) in less than 12 min; to do it in less than 55 minutes, you have to have reached La Garde in less than 14 minutes.
Until you reach Huez, the climb is more regular, with easier gradients; keep a proper rhythm, but don't go all out because afterwards the bends get harder, so that you will need to draw on your reserves to accomplish a good time.

 

 

Run course
The course is a mixture of trail paths and roads.
Remember to drink right from the start of the running course to prevent cramps, because you've just made a big effort on the bike and you're running at an altitude of almost 2000 m.
There is just one loop, with a section of climb where you'll have to reduce your stride. Try to get back into a good rhythm with speed in the downhill sections, but make sure you manage your effort.