Swim and transitions: a few recommandations

Our swimming partner ZONE3 provides you some simple advices and tips to approach the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon swimming in the best possible way.

The Lac du Verney awaits you!

Swim and transitions: a few recommandations

Our swimming partner ZONE3 provides you some simple advices and tips to approach the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon swimming in the best possible way.

The Lac du Verney awaits you!

 

Arrival to the Lac du Verney :

For the participants, the simplest route is the one marked by the organisation to reach the shores of the lake directly by bike from Alpe d’Huez (via Villard Reculas). Cover up and enjoy the scenery.

If you go down by car, you will have to go through the valley. Plan enough time. The organization will set up a drop-off zone this year to facilitate access to the park.

 

Check your equipment :

Check your equipment and especially your bike. A mechanics assistance will be present for small last minute adjustments in the park. Leave your bike on a small gear, as you will have to climb a fairly steep ramp from the first few meters. Finally, be sure to identify your location! The lanes are well numbered, but this bike park is huge!

 

Lake temperature :

Although in recent years, the temperature of the Lake has been quite favourable to triathletes, it can be relatively cold on race day. Neoprene hats are recommended under your swim hats, and if you know you get cold quickly a neoprene layer under your wetsuit can help as well.

 

The start of the race :

There will be a briefing before the race commences, please listen carefully, as any last minute changes will be announced at this point. Leave plenty of time to get into the water, as even though the entry has been widened, with 1300 athletes, it takes time to get everyone in the water for the deep water start. It is a mass start! So if you get anxious, or are a weaker swimmer, give yourself space, start further back and to the side of the mass of swimmers.

 

Transition 1 :

ZONE3 have provided all athletes with a transition bag, please ensure you put all of your kit (wetsuit, goggles, hat etc) in the bag, as this will be taken up to Alpe D’Huez for you to collect after the race at the Expo Village. Make sure that your race number is clearly marked on your bag.