A message from Laurence & Cyrille Neveu

 

Dear Triathletes, partners, and volunteers of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

 

The disappointment is immense, both yours and ours.

 

In the face of prevailing pessimism and always aware of all the obstacles that lay ahead, we have tried so hard to push through these last few weeks, to keep moving forward. Some may have seen it  as stubbornness or over-optimism. However, we have been following the one clear principle from the beginning of this pandemic to not make any decisions based on potential or hypothetical situations. Above all, we believe that hope will always endure. Whilst being realistic, we have always erred on the side of optimism, and we defend that decision. This is out of respect to the triathletes, as well as our sponsors, our volunteers, and of course all our community. This is the Alpe d’Huez spirit. ‘If there’s a will, there’s way’.

From this experience we are seeking to see the positives. For example, we have taken great comfort in the solidarity and kindness from so many people. Thank you to all those who sent us little (and long!) messages of support. Empathy and patience are the virtues that COVID-19 has thrust upon us, and which we will need now going forward more than ever. We now have an unexpected amount of time to prepare for our 2021 race; to perfect the changes which we will have to introduce from this year, and to decide on the best way forward to tackle to impact of the pandemic on the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.

 

The adventure continues, thanks to you.

 

Take care,

 

Cyrille and Laurence Neveu


CANCELLATION of the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon 2020

The organizers of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon have to cancel the 2020 edition of the race, planned for the 27th to the 31st July 2020. This decision has been taken in consultation with the relevant authorities following the last press release from the French Ministry of Sports in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beyond the disappointment, this suspension exposes the organization to many difficulties. But it will try to overcome these with the willingness to move forward and the innovation capacity that characterizes it. In this way, we are already thinking ahead to the future, to the next edition planned for the 26th to 30th July 2021. However, for now it is imperative that we manage the current crisis as best we can.

 

The cancellation of the event means we will put the following measures into motion regarding all those signed up for the 2020 edition. Below are the proposed options depending on the individual athletes situation and wishes.

 

For those triathletes who took out our cancellation insurance during their registration:

  • A full refund will be offered, if requested before 24th July
    • The cancellation insurance taken out for 2020 will not cover the 2021 edition
    • Once they have been reimbursed, the triathletes will have a guaranteed place for the 2021 race if they wish to apply, which will be held until the 31st October 2020.

APPLY FOR THE REFUND

Your booking code can be found in your registration confirmation email (contact us by email at [email protected] if you can’t find it).

2021 BIB RESERVATION

For those triathletes who did not take out our cancellation insurance during their registration:

  • You may transfer your registration to the 2021 edition. Your place in the race will be reserved until the 31st October 2020.

2021 BIB TRANSFER

  • You may request a 70% refund, in accordance with our race guidelines, to be requested before 31st October 2020.

APPLY FOR A REFUND

OR

  • Athletes who haven’t signed up for cancellation insurance may transfer their bib to another triathlete AFTER having transferred their registration to the 2021 edition. This can be done over email at [email protected] before 31 March 2021.

 

IMPORTANT:

Athletes who have neither requested a refund nor transferred their registration to the 2021 edition by the 31st October 2020 will be automatically reimbursed from 1st November 2020.

The organisers are always available to answer any questions at [email protected]. All emails will receive a response, however due to the volume of emails currently in our inbox please bear with us! Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Daniela Ryf bike Alpe d'Huez

RENAULT: alongside the organization and the triathletes


It is in difficult and uncertain times that we recognize our best allies. Renault, alongside the triathletes and the organization of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon since its beginnings, revalidates its historic support for the event. The entire range of the diamond-shaped brand will once again be at the heart of the 15th edition, but it is the electric models, headed by the new Renault Zoé, that will take centre stage. In the current circumstances, the organisation of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon and Renault want to convey a little hope to all the triathletes and their families by showing their solidarity.

A partner at the heart of the organization

“The trust with the Renault group and Renault Auto Dauphiné has been built up over the years and is growing from edition to edition! This partnership has become the keystone of the organisation: the fleet of Renault vehicles enables us to solve our various logistical problems during the preparation, the running and then the closing of the triathlon. We share the same vision of the event, sport and the environment. This is the driving force behind this collaboration. “explains Cyrille Neveu, race director. For the 15th edition, the organization will use nearly 20 vehicles, taking advantage of the full brand range to carry out its various missions.

The Renault Zoé opening the festivities

0 noise. 0 emission. 0 loss of time. What if the New Renault ZOE was the real winner of the Triathlon? The electric city car will be the opening car of all the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon events. With its 395km WLTP autonomy and agility, it is the official car of the 2020 edition. In addition to the Zoé, participants will be able to discover the world of Renault in the Expo Village open from Monday 26th to Friday 31st July. But as of today, the respective teams are working on the implementation of new actions to boost this historic partnership and create new activities for all during the Triathlon ‘Festival’. Keep your fingers crossed, and stay tuned!

 

 

Renault Alpe d'Huez Triathlon 2020


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Alpe d'Huez Triathlon 2020 Vs COVID-19: update

Bike Alpe d'Huez Triathlon 2020

As things currently stand on Wednesday 15th April, the 15th edition of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon will go ahead as planned from the 27th to 31st July. This will be the case until you hear directly otherwise from the organisers. The health of our athletes and of all the Triathlon community remains the priority of the course directors, but there is not enough precise information yet to justify a cancellation of the event. The organisers are continuing to work pending new guidance or official restrictions. However, we are committed to being as transparent as possible with our participants on the consequences of a possible cancellation, but also on the plans for the event if the course continues on the planned dates.   

IF the fifteenth edition of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon takes place:

  • The time cut-offs for the cycling section will be extended
  • Participants will be able to transfer their registration to another person (between the 1st and 30th June). The organisers will give further details on this procedure at the end of May.
  • For the Triathlon L, a shortening of the swimming and running sections is being considered as a possible option.
  • Those registered for the Triathlon L with not be able to transfer their registration to the Triathlon M.
  • Participants cannot transfer their sign up to 2021 (Except in special circumstances, eg. an athlete from abroad cannot get to Alpe d’Huez because of border restrictions)
  • Participants can ask for refunds according to the following criteria
    • 100% refund for triathletes who signed up for cancellation insurance when they registered (must apply for cancellation before 24th July).
    • 70% refund for triathletes who did not sign up for cancellation insurance when they registered (must apply for cancellation before 10th July).

IF the fifteenth edition of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon is cancelled:

  • The race will not be pushed back to a later date in 2020. Full cancellation of the event will be announced no later than 31st
  • All the registered triathletes will be able to transfer to the 2021 edition if desired.
  • Participants can ask for refunds according to the following criteria
    • 100% refund for triathletes who signed up for cancellation insurance when they registered.
    • 70% refund for triathletes who did not sign up for cancellation insurance when they registered.
  • All participants will be informed by email of the official cancellation, with details of next steps depending on the athletes chosen option.

 

As always, all of our team are at your disposal to answer any questions or queries over email ([email protected]). Our inbox is very full at the moment, as you can imagine, but every email will receive a reply. Thank you in advance for your patience!


Victor del Corral 2019

Victor del Corral is back (with a good advice)!

Victor del Corral bike Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

It’s Victor del Corral’s turn to take part in our little video interview! The double winner 2011/2012 of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L explains to us how he lives his confinement at home in the Catalan Pyrenees. He also reminds us of the basic rule to achieve a great race at the end of July at the top of the 21 bends… If we are lucky enough to celebrate the 15th edition.

How is going your confinement? How do you stay motivated?

I go through different states, actually. I’m enjoying my family even if it’s difficult with two young children to be confined for so long. I can train more or less well because I am well equipped except for swimming. I can run, do home trainer and gym sessions. So I work on strength and a little bit on speed. The only problem may be the volume but I think I can get in shape quickly once it gets back to normal. So I’m not too worried, I maintain my level and I even think it will be good for me. But the level of motivation varies from day to day. I remain motivated to train, there is the desire, even if the hometrainer sessions can be boring. But sometimes you wonder if there will be races or not this season. Is it worth the effort if there is no competition? It’s the doubt that makes my motivation waver from time to time, because preparation remains associated with the race, and without it, it doesn’t make sense.

What does the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon mean to you?

For me, this is my first major international victory in a long-distance triathlon, so I have a lot of affection for this event. I have participated several times, and I hope to continue coming for a long time to come. It’s a tough, beautiful race, like few long-distance triathlons and that’s where its character comes from and the bond it creates with the triathletes.

What advice would you give to a beginner about the L Triathlon?

I think it’s always the same one! You have to be careful and manage the effort. Even if swimming is rather easy, even if the first part of the cycling circuit is good and the rest of the circuit goes well, you have to arrive strong at the foot of the Alpe d’Huez to climb the 21 bends. Myself, I consider that it was my mistake last year, where you can win or lose the race. The difference is here. In conclusion, you have to keep your strength, be in control throughout the race to climb the Alpe d’Huez correctly and enjoy the difficult but beautiful run. Otherwise, both the ascent and the running part can become hell!


Alexandra Tondeur running Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

Alexandra Tondeur comes back to the Triathlon de l'Alpe d'Huez 2020

Alexandra tondeur

Alexandra Tondeur is back. For the third time, the Belgian triathlete will line up at the start of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L. The 2019 Long Distance World Champion knows the race to perfection and will be one of the favorites of the 15th edition which will take place on July 30th. 2nd in 2018, 3rd in 2019… 2020 may be the right year for the native of Namur! In any case, Alexandra represents the spirit of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. If you don’t know her yet, here is a very quick interview, at the limits of the absurd, which will give you some clues about this lovely personality.

 

Alexandra Tondeur INTERVIEW:


Anna Noguera Triathlon Alpe d'Huez

Anna Noguera Interview

Anna Noguera win Duathlon Alpe d'Huez

Anna Noguera was one of the protagonists of the 2019 edition with her victory in the Duathlon de l’Alpe d’Huez and a third place three days later in the Triathlon M. In love with the Alpe d’Huez, the Spanish triathlete shines as much for her overflowing joyfulness as for her performance level which continues to increase. It was time you met this pocket-sized climber (and a great runner). This interview might makes you want to taste the joys of the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon or the M Triathlon, whose registrations are about to close! (Photos: Thierry Sourbier)

 

How are you doing? How’s the winter going?
I’m trying to get through this period in the best possible way. But I prefer summer and good weather!

 

In 2019, you had one of your best seasons by demonstrating your regularity on the 70.3 distance and winning bronze at the ITU Long Distance Worlds. Will 2020 be the year of your baptism on the Queen Distance?
I hope so! The Ironman will be a whole new distance for me. I want to run without pressure to get familiar with this effort. I don’t know what to expect on such a demanding distance and I have a lot of respect for this format. Although I have already run a lot on Half distance races, I will be a beginner on Ironman.

 

How many times did you participated in the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon?
I participated four times in the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. I ran the Triathlon M two years, 1 year the Triathlon L and last year I did the Duathlon and the Triathlon M. The Alpe d’Huez Triathlon is something special. I liked it from the very first time despite its difficulty. I think it’s because of the atmosphere that is created during several days around the race, the variety of the events, the welcome of the participants, the environment. Whatever the race, if it goes very well or not so well, I always come home with good memories.

 

Do you work specifically on this type of races?
Yes, every year I have prepared the race in a specific way, but sometimes I dedicate more time and resources to it than others. My preparation was often the same as for Olympic distance or similar events, but doing more training on mountainous terrain, short series and longer ones. For the L Triathlon, on the other hand, I followed a more precise plan by increasing the kilometres and working the climb on the bike. Moreover, I looked for a place where I could train running at the same altitude as Alpe d’Huez (about 1800m) to get used to the feeling of ‘lack of air’ and to be able to adapt the rhythm and the way I run.

 

Anna Noguera Alpe d'Huez 21 virages

 

So in 2017, you tried the Triathlon L, with a 5th final place. What do you remember about it?
To be honest, it was very, very hard. But it was also incredible. I love the setting of the race, and the Triathlon L is even more authentic than the M. However, you have to prepare it well, not only in terms of training but also in terms of nutrition. I think that’s what I could improve the most if I participated again. You have to know yourself well, know how to measure your effort and be patient. Patience is exactly what I need! Seriously, I think that you have to know how to wait, be conservative and reserve yourself for a lot of kilometers without being tempted, to arrive in the final with enough strength. I have not yet succeeded!

“Know how to measure your effort and be patient” – Anna Noguera

 

Let’s talk about the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon, which you won in 2019, before reaching the third step of the podium in the M Triathlon three days later… It’s not the most popular race of the event. However, the Duathlon is the one that grows the most. How would you describe this challenge?
It was my first time in the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon. I suffered a lot but it was worth it! I think this duathlon retains all the attractions of the Alpe d’Huez that I mentioned earlier. It’s a good option if you don’t like the water, if you don’t dominate the swimming area, or if you just don’t want to swim. Besides, it even seemed harder than the Triathlon M to me, because the first run is very challenging! Although it takes place at the bottom of the climb, the track is quite steep and the temperatures are high… the perfect mix to reach the T1 already at the limit. But there is almost no recovery time as the ascent starts right away on the bike. The legs and the rhythm have to adapt immediately. As you climb, the temperature drops and the body adjusts as you discover the bends one by one. When you reach the top… It’s an incredible feeling, between the cheers of the audience, the voice of Vicky (speaker) who comments your arrival to T2, the green of the trees on the slopes of the huge surrounding mountains and the mountain chalets. Even if you’re in pain, you probably smile. For the second run, you simply do the best you can. It’s only a 2500-metre circuit (in 2020, the second run will be 5.5km) and with the public and the desire to cross the line, it goes fast.

 

You have a lot of experience in Alpe d’Huez. What advice would you give to an amateur triathlete who is taking on this challenge for the first time?
You have to train to climb, doing specific training in the mountains. Even if you don’t have a long mountain pass nearby, you can still do repetitions on a hill. You have to take care of your nutrition with gels, bars, isotonic, salts or whatever is best for you. In any case you must eat well and have tried the products previously during training. On the days before the race, I advise you to relax and enjoy every moment in Alpe d’Huez, the people, the atmosphere, the scenery. Finally, the day of the race: be patient! You have to keep and keep your strength, even if you have great sensations. At the top of Alpe d’Huez, these saved forces will be welcome. There is still time to give it all, right up to the last metre of the run.

 

What is Anna Noguera’s programme for 2020? What will be your training conditions?
This season I will continue as a professional triathlete thanks to my team PPR TEAM, EKOI and HOKA ONE ONE. I also receive help from my coach Ignasi de La Rosa, my family and many other people and brands that collaborate with me and support me on a daily basis. I love this sport and the lifestyle I have chosen. In 2019, I’m thinking of dividing the season into two blocks. From April to July I would like to participate in my first Ironman, in addition to other events such as the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. From August to November the main objective will be the 70.3 World Championship in Taupo (New Zealand), for which I obtained my qualification last year. In the middle of the season I want to take a break to recuperate a bit in order to initiate a mini pre-season and another training block. Without this physical and mental restart it’s difficult to extend the season and I want to be sure I’m 100% motivated and in top shape for the World Championship.

What do you still have to learn and do you think you can still improve?
I don’t think there is anything I have completely learned yet! I hope I still have a good margin for progress. In any case, I still have the same enthusiasm as when I started, and I’d like to continue like that for a long time to come.

Anna Noguera:

28 years old – Spain
Club: PPR TEAM
Residence: Igualada (Barcelona)
10 years of Triathlon practice
5 participations to Alpe d’Huez Triathlon
3 key results: Bronze ITU LD 2019 World Championship, 2nd Ironman 70.3 Cascais (POR), 4th Ironman 70.3 Vichy (FRA)
www.annanoguera.es (under construction)

 


Spirit Triathlon Series Alpe d'Huez Triathlon 2020

Spirit Triathlon Series 2020: last ticket for Alpe d'Huez!

Alpe d'Huez Triathlon Spirit Triathlon series

The Triathlon L of Alpe d’Huez is already full! But if you are not one of the 1300 lucky triathletes registered, you still have a chance to take on the legend with the Spirit Triathlon Series 2020. This season, each of the other three stages of the circuit has 20 bibs available for the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L, reserved exclusively for their registered triathletes. So why not to add to your schedule the Balearics, Bavaria or the Austrian Alps in addition to the 21 bends? One thing is for sure: if you like the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, these races will delight you. Let us explain you why.

(If you are registered for one of these three races and would like to get your race number for the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, please contact the Spirit Triathlon Series team by email at [email protected])

 

The Spirit Triathlon Series is back this season with the same philosophy: to bring together all triathletes who love authenticity and challenging courses in four races with atypical profiles. If you want to go back to the roots of the discipline, if you believe that there is no personal challenge without a community of enthusiasts to share it and if you are willing to explore your limits: take your agendas!

Stage 1: April 19 – Triathlon Portocolom / Spain

 

Let’s meet in Portocolom on the island of Mallorca for the first event of the Spirit Triathlon Series 2020. In a 1-100-10 (or 0.5-55-5) format, this emblematic triathlon gives a special emphasis to cycling with two impressive climbs to the sanctuary of Sant Salvador (at an altitude of over 500 metres), after swimming in the turquoise waters of the Portocolom Bay and its mythical lighthouse as a reference point. The final run along the port and its Mediterranean atmosphere conclude the event with a certitude as soon as the finish line is crossed: there is no best scenery to start the season!

More infos: www.triathlonportocolom.net

Stage 2: June 27-28 – EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon / Germany

 

Complete change of background for the second stage of the Spirit Triathlon Series. Welcome to Chieming, on the shores of the largest lake in Bavaria, Lake Chiemsee. The 2km swimming course will take participants to Herreninsel Island in crystal clear water, at the foot of the Alps. On hilly terrain through the idyllic landscapes of the Chiamgau region, the 80 km bike ride is a delight for the best cyclists, before returning to the banks of Lake Chiemsee for the final 20 km of running. “Triathlon for all”: this is the motto of the EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon, which also offers an Olympic format, a sprint, a mixed relay and a children’s triathlon.

More infos: www.chiemsee-triathlon.com

Stage 3: July 27-31 – Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

 

Stage 4 : August 30 – Transvorarlberg Triathlon / Autriche

 

For those who like high peaks and positive gradients! In the heart of the Austrian Alps is the Vorarlberg region, a magnificent valley crossed by an atypical triathlon: the Transvorarlberg Triathlon. Lake Constance, from Bregenz, hosts the 1.2km long swim (joining the largest floating stage in the world). But it is the 93 breathtaking kilometres of the cycling route that constitute the main course of the race, with 2000 metres of posistive ascent in an impressive landscape. The T2 is located in the ski resort of Lech (1444 meters high), before attacking 12 km of running (2 laps) whose breathtaking panoramas compensate for the difficulty.

More infos: www.transvorarlberg.at