The Alpe d’Huez Duathlon is the gateway to the legend of the 21 bends, in a sprint format that is intense but accessible to everyone. If you want to take on the mythic climb and you enjoy fast and thrilling races, then this was made for you.
With more than 500 participants setting off all at once, the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon traditionally kicks off the competition week. And what a start! On this Tuesday afternoon, all types of sportsman and woman are represented at the start-line in Bourg d’Oisans, from those in the 16-17 age category, to athletes looking for a taster of the Alpe d’Huez experience, to the ever increasing number of those hoping to do the double of the Duathlon and then the Triathlon M later in the week!
At the base of Alpe d’Huez’s 21 bends, Bourg d’Oisans offers the perfect playground for duathletes who run 6.7km through both the foothills of the town and through its charming centre. This first running loop is relatively short but unfolds in an electric atmosphere and at an impressive pace. The start-line is situated at the football pitch, where the first transition (T1) park is set up.
15km of pure delight; there is no other way to describe the cycling section of the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon! After a quick 2 kilometres from T1, the duathletes enter into the temple of cycling, a legendary climb which requires a decent amount of courage and a good dose of willpower. The races during the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon make up some of the rare occasions where athletes can tackle this climb in race conditions, which of course has the atmosphere that goes with it. The strategy is simple : for this sprint format the participants must give the bike their all!
NEW : The final running section has been extended this year! The runners will have the chance to prove themselves over 5.5km which now is similar to that of the Triathlon routes later in the week. The icing on the cake for the duathletes over the course of this new loop will be the slopes of the Sarenne, the most difficult part of the circuit, which makes that finishing medal feel even more special.
Palais des Sports de l’Alpe d’Huez (consulter le programme et horaires)
We advise athletes to park in Alpe d’Huez and ride to the start by bike. Allow at least 25 minutes and remember that the route there is all downhill.
Two bike parks are installed for the race:
Bikes must be left at the T1 park between 1 and 2.45pm, before the race.
The kit for the second running section (second pair of shoes) must be left at the T2 park from 11am.
The kit from the first running section will be brought up by our team and put at the T2 park at the end of the race to be collected by the duathletes.
The Alpe d’Huez PhysiOstéo team offers a free service to race participants during the opening hours of the bib pick-up area (consult the Official Programme for timings), and at the finishing line of the race. This exceptional service is carried out by around 20 professional physiotherapists and osteopaths, who are all triathlon enthusiasts. They are there to help athletes to recover well from the race, but equally to welcome them beforehand to get them in race-ready condition.