The Triathlon’s long-standing partner EDF has renewed its commitment to supporting the event, where the fitting theme for the 2021 edition is development. Recently, on the 9th of October, EDF started operations for their new hydroelectric power plant in le Gavet, near Alpe d’Huez, and launched their ambitious project “Renaturation de la Moyenne Romanche”, to restore nature to the Romanche valley. As well as maintaining the fabulous Lac du Verney which provides an epic backdrop to the swim section of our race, by taking care of the beautiful environment and landscapes around the Oisans massif, EDF goes above and beyond for our triathletes…and the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.

With the hydroelectric power plant at le Gavet up and running, nearly 230, 000 residents are benefitting from clean and renewable energy, totalling the population of both Grenoble and Chambery! This marks a 40% increase in production compared to the six former power plants which used to be in the valley. How will these technical advances affect our triathletes? The environmental element of this incredible project means that cyclists and triathletes will have a better sporting experience, enjoying a valley where the landscapes and the environment are preserved. This is because the new power plant is almost entirely underground, taking 10 years to build. Above all, the plans put in place means the old power plants and dams in the Romanche valley can start to be dismantled, and nature can be restored to its former glory.

Between 2021 and 2024, a total of 9.6 hectares of land and 1.9 hectares of the river will be allowed to rewild. What is more, EDF will continue to welcome the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon onto the shores of Lac du Verney, and are collaborating on many new features of this year such as the new ‘Bike Check-In’ option from Wednesday afternoon for the Triathlon L participants. Race director Cyrille Neveu commented that “in the context of the health crisis and the heart-breaking cancellation of the 2020 Triathlon, EDF’s support and solidarity is game-changing for our organisation. EDF is demonstrating its commitment to supporting the local economy and the people who live in the Oisans, and also the values of our sport. This motivates us even more in preparing for the 2021 edition of the race, to be innovative and continue to showcase the best of our region.”