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!


Romain Guillaume Alpe d'Huez Triathlon 2019

Romain Guillaume at the start of the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon 2020

Victoire Romain Guillaume 2019

Romain Guillaume is back. On July 30th, the frenchy will be at the start of the Alpe d’Huez L Triathlon for the second time, with a title to defend and some pleasure to take. The jurassien explains ‘his’ Alpe d’Huez, and answers our absurd interview “Dog or cat?”, the opportunity for you to discover why this triathlete is so appreciated by all.

Why to come back to Alpe d’Huez?

After winning the L in 2019, it is logical to think that I am coming back to defend “my title” but my motivation is quite different. I want to come back to have fun on a course that I really like. I am a professional triathlete, but above all a passionate person who loves to participate in beautiful races and live intense moments in a good atmosphere, and this event is simply what I like!

The Alpe d’Huez for Romain Guillaume

An atypical race! The swim is superb, the bike is difficult but landscapes are stunning and running at high altitude is a great challenge too! Being able to climb the 21 bends in race conditions is also a fantastic experience, even if it hurts! 🙂

Romain Guillaume’s advice for the Triathlon L

Even if it may seem obvious, I think that approaching the race by thinking that it starts in the Alpe d’Huez climb is a good thing! It’s very easy to push too hard in the first few kilometers on the bike but the climb of the Alpe d’Huez can be very difficult if you get burned out beforehand! I know it very well; I had to pay for it in the previous edition. Even though I won the race, I really struggled on the 13 kilometres of the climb!

 


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