Our video series ” LEGEND PLAYGROUND” dedicated to the most emblematic sections of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L course ends at an altitude of 1,800 metres, with a few dizzying shots of the Col de Sarenne, the grandiose backdrop to the running course. Just for your eyes, here are some images of each of these spots that make the magic of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.

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Verney's Lake

First step: the Lac du Verney. Located in the heart of the Oisans Valley, the Lac du Verney is an artificial water reservoir used by the EDF hydroelectric power station Grand’Maison (the most powerful in France). Each year, EDF interrupts production to allow triathletes to enjoy a privileged experience, in the middle of a majestic mountainous cirque, in crystal clear water. The Alpe d’Huez L Triathlon could not start in a more beautiful place.

Alpe du Grand-Serre pass

The first difficulty on the the Triathlon L course comes after 25 kilometres of descending road in the valley towards Grenoble. The race forks suddenly in Séchilienne towards the first summit to be climbed: the Col de la Morte, or Alpe du Grand-Serre. Well paved, regular, shaded, this first climb is a trap for the most optimistic triathletes. Don’t give in to temptation: this pass is relatively long (15km) and accumulates 1000 metres of vertical drop. Instead, enjoy the scenery, the tranquillity of its smooth laces traced through a majestic forest. In other words, it’s more a question of managing your pace than attacking (this is just a piece of advice). Once at the top, at the end of the woods, the road leads to a splendid green and flat area, where a very complete aid station awaits you.

Ornon's pass

Your cycling journey, once past Le Périer (Km80), leads you to a terrain feared by the triathletes of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L: the sequence of the ascent and descent of the Col d’Ornon. Day and night. On the one hand, a long and progressive ascent exposed to the sun and whose slope increases progressively. On the other, an ultra fast and vertiginous descent leading to the Oisans valley. It is therefore necessary to be conservative on the ascent and careful on the descent, before facing the 21 bends.

Alpe d'Huez 21 bends

Welcome to the temple of cycling and triathlon. Embark on a 21-stage journey, 21 mythical bends. Here is the ascent of Alpe d’Huez, its twists and turns, its landscapes and its very special atmosphere. This 13k climb is the “challenge within the challenge” on the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L course, and specially when the triathletes have already covered more than 100km (with more than 2000m of ascent +). Sports history is made on the slopes of this cycling monument, for the world’s triathlon elite and for amateurs alike. Quite simply, THE moment of truth.

Sarenne Pass

Last look to the most emblematic sites of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L course. We’re happy to show you the Col de Sarenne, the main difficulty of the running circuit, used in the Triathlon, the Triathlon M and the Duathlon. At an altitude of 1800 metres, the participants only tackle the last few hectometres of this alternative pass with its 21 bends. But the difficulty is increased tenfold by the effort made on the bike, the heat and the often insufficient acclimatation. For all these reasons, and for the exceptional panoramas offered by this magical place, the Col de Sarenne is definitely part of the Triathlon legend.