Clubs du Triathlon de l'Alpe d'Huez

5 reasons to participate for the Triathlon teams

ATCC alpe d'Huez triathlon 2021

Who will be the 5th team to add its name to the list of winners of the INVERSE Teams Contest? Who will succeed the Belgians from the Athletic Triathlon Club of Charleroi? Our favourite competition is back in 2022. But to come and challenge the Alpe d'Huez legend as a team, you have to decide now. To convince you to try this collective adventure, here are 5 reasons to experience the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon with your friends.

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Le Concours Clubs INVERSE : la plus belle victoire !

The textile partner INVERSE, specialised in the customisation of high quality sportswear, rewards each year the team with the most registrations (all events included). To be won: a giant cycling jersey in the team' s colours hung in one of the 21 bends, and a customised sweatshirt offered to each registered member. Record to beat: 76 participants (Saint Grégoire Triathlon in 2017).

Races for all profiles

Taking place from Sunday to Friday, the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon offers 4 race formats to suit everyone's tastes and affinities. Above all, the programme allows team members to take each other' s support in turn! Duathlon, Triathlon Kids, Triathlon L and Triathlon M... Each participant will have his or her moment of glory, with the support of the whole team behind!

Alpe d'Huez, a family and touristic destination

The atmosphere of the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon is also based on its "village" touch. At an altitude of 1800 meters, the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon community animates the resort for a week, taking advantage of a rich and varied tourist and hotel offer. Many teams from all over the world are present, creating a unique atmosphere around the same passion.

A preferential rate for teams and clubs

As every year, the organisation is seeking to encourage the participation of clubs. It is a responsibility as much as a duty to support the structures on which the development of the discipline relies. From 1000€ of bib numbers, the teams can benefit from a discount. Each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the team in charge of registration. To get this offer, you just have to send an email to [email protected] (before registering!).

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The Alpe d'Huez climb as a source of motivation

What could be better than the legend of the 21 bends of the Alpe d'Huez to foment the solidarity of a team around the same objective? Whatever the level of each of the team' s triathletes, here is a common source of motivation to animate the group during these long months of preparation!





Alpe d'Huez Triathlon L

The 5 best spots of the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon L course

21 virages Triathlon L Alpe d'Huez

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.





Teaser 2021 Alpe d'Huez Triathlon


The Alpe d’Huez Triathlon 2020 may have been cancelled but the passion and hunger remain. We witnessed this when we met many triathletes who came with their teams or with their families this summer, at the top of the 21 bends to make the most of a few days of mountain and sport. There was a taste of triathlon in the air. Maybe this is the true spirit of the legend of Alpe d’Huez? A force that goes far beyond the simple context of competition. At the end of July, when the long-awaited 15th edition should have taken place, we decided to produce a 2021 teaser that illustrates the unfailing will of our small community of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. Because “The spirit never dies. The legend is back. »

See you for the registrations opening on September 14th at 8.21pm !

Thanks to our partners for their help in the production of this teaser 2021: Alpe d’Huez, EDF, Renault, Spirit, Overstims, Inverse and Zone3.
And a special thanks to the Hotel Le Chamois d’Or.

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!


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:

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Alpe d'Huez Triathlon swim: the unexpected experience

Start men Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

The Alpe d’Huez Triathlon swim has something magical about it. In this brand new swimming clip, we show you why the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon swim is just as epic as the ascent of the 21 mythical bends.

This is the essence of this Triathlon: an authentic race, where the journey begins from the first few yards and ends only after the finish line has been crossed. But in concrete terms, why is the swimming part so special at Alpe d’Huez?

  • Swimming in Lake Verney is a privilege! Outside of Triathlon events, it is absolutely forbidden to swim in the waters of this artificial reservoir. Indeed, Lac du Verney is home to the most powerful hydroelectric power plant in France, the Grand’maison power plant. EDF therefore switches off its electricity production especially for the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon events.
  • Water quality…crystal clear depths! In the heart of the Alps and the Oisans Valley, the translucent waters of Lake Verney are as clear as they are fresh (despite a temperature record in 2019 of 20 degrees!).
  • The mass start of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon swim: a MUST-do. The event respects its history and the origins of the discipline by offering a mass start to participants (although women have an exclusive start). No staggered start in Alpe d’Huez. Knowing how to position yourself, where you are in the pack and how to orient yourself correctly is one of the qualities of a good triathlete!
  • A magnificent landscape as a backdrop. At the bottom of Vaujany, in the middle of an imposing amphitheatre of mountains, the start of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon is impressive…come and see for yourself!

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Female triathletes: the big challenge!

Girls Alpe d'Huez triathlon natation

What if finally one of the major challenges of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon in 2020 (and of the “small” world of Triathlon in general) was female participation? with barely 21% of participation in 2019, women are very poorly represented at the Triathlon Festival, although the trend is on the rise.

As it is a question of statistics, one thing catches our attention and gives us hope… On the Kids Triathlon during the 14th edition last July, the distribution between girls and boys was 50-50 ! The future can only be better!

However, to try to motivate our triathlete friends to challenge themselves to the 21 bends challenge next season, here is a 100% girls videoclip. Triathon is diversity!