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.
https://youtu.be/uO4jGl_z6Qs

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.
https://youtu.be/eSzuKMRXdUI

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.
https://youtu.be/DeuwDdU9Rzk

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.
https://youtu.be/RV6JutbZwdQ

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.
https://youtu.be/ti140BG30S0

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Gutaï Partenaire oficiel Triathlon de l'Alpe d'Huez

GUTAÏ: new Official Partner of the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon


Plans d'entrainement GUTAÏ pour Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

Welcome GUTAÏ ! The online training platform has become the Official Coaching Partner of Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. The standout event of the summer and the most innovant app in the market have teamed up for the next three years. Participants of the Duathlon, the Triathlon L and M, you now have a new essential tool to optimise your preparation and to motivate you during the next few months. GUTAÏ is offering training plans for each race, tailored to your race objective, your wants and your needs!

 

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Coaching, an increasing demand

With the progressive rise in participation in recent years (4000 traithletes expected for the 15th edition) the services offered to triathletes become more and more complex and varied for the organisers. According to the race director Cyrille Neveu, “in order to improve, we have to evaluate year on year our services and our offer to triathletes, to keep going from strength to strength. We’ve been considering for a while how to respond the increasing need for training programmes within the triathlete community. But it order to take the plunge, we needed to find both technical capabilities and a personalised touch. In this sense, GUTAÏ is the perfect solution at the right time.” Developed specifically for the Alpe d’Huez races and based on the profiles and conditions of the routes, the training plans proposed by GUTAÏ are targeted for all our race participant (the app is available in multiple languages), what ever their training level and amount of support desired. “We’ve found the one: the one which can manage a large number of athletes with diverse needs, on a top of the range app which has already earnt its stripes, but without losing that personal touch that characterises our race” adds Cyrille.


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GUTAÏ, algorithms and people

Developed in 2016, GUTAÏ is a French app which is characterised by its ‘intelligence’, able to constantly analyse a triathlete’s training data to readjust the training plan accordingly. Loic Lepoutre, the Director General at GUTAÏ, explains : ‘As well as our algorithm which is our strength, currently used by 10 000 sportsmen and women mostly cyclists, runners and triathletes, we have a team of coaches that are well-known, qualified and complement each-others skills sets and approaches to achieve our mission. The app might be the platform, but it’s the meaningful relationship between our team and our athletes which make it work.” From the 26th to the 31st July, the GUTAÏ team will be there at the heart of the triathlon’s Village Expo to give their expertise to triathletes and demonstrate all the possibilities offered by the app. What is more, three GUTAÏ coaching sessions will be organise during the week in order to tackle specific training points and have that crucial in person element.

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Zone3 départ Triathlon Alpe d'Huez 2019

5 tips for tackling the Alpe d'Huez Duathlon 2020

Alpe d'Huez Duathlon start in Bourg d'Oisans

It’s a classic. Each year, we offer you some advice on how to get the best out of the Alpe d’Huez – Bourg d’Oisans Duathlon. With 20% growth expected in 2020, this is the format that is expanding the most among the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon events. The 12th edition includes a change in size (3km to be exact): the second run is lengthened from 2.5km to 5.5km. So here are a few clues to be at the top on July 28th. (photos by Cyrille Quintard)

1 – The preparation of the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon: no secret…

Climb, climb, and climb again. To perform well on this event, hit the hills, but especially try to practice on long climbs. Training in the mountains will give you a real advantage on the day. If you don’t have the opportunity, and you live in a desperately flat area for those looking for a percentage, don’t panic! There are specific training methods if you investigate a little. In any case, integrate well this principle: this race requires a very special effort, so your preparation must adapt accordingly. Get out of your habits!

2 – First run in Bourg d’Oisans: do not fall into the trap

The first run of the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon perfectly sets the tone for the race. Usually taking place in the very hot weather (WARNING: the start is brought forward to 15.00 instead of 16.00), and climbing towards the foothills of the town, this 6.5km introduction is much more demanding and difficult than it seems. Unless you want to be at the forefront, be conservative and don’t succumb to the euphoric start of the other participants! You’ll have plenty of time to make a difference later on.

Alpe d'Huez Duathlon run in Bourg d'Oisans
Alpe d’Huez Duathlon first run takes place in the streets of Bourg d’Oisans in the valley

3 – Second run at Alpe d’Huez: the big change

The best runners will finally be able to have a good time with the new layout of the second run. The loop covers almost the entire circuit used for the two triathlons, and therefore includes the famous last bends of the Col de Sarenne. This changes everything, as the last 5.5km long race will now have to be well managed, whereas it was more of an agonizing sprint before. On the bike, it is now essential to keep energy to complete a solid race.

4 – Nutrition: hydration and energy at the heart of performance

In 2019, heat records were broken in Oisans during Triathlon Week. The conditions during the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon proved to be very difficult for the participants. Hydration is a fundamental aspect before, during and after the effort. Be rigorous, all the more so as the circuits leave little pause for recovery! Note that the Hydrixir drink from our partner Overstim.s will once again be available at the aid stations. Your health is at stake above all. Similarly, on such a short format, think about your immediate energy sources to maintain a good level of intensity. Establish your nutrition strategy and test it before the day.

5 – The material: don’t make mistakes

The dry ascent of the 21 bends that await the participants of the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon implies a good choice of gears. If you are not well accustomed to this type of effort, plan a 38X25 development or even a triple plateau for beginners. You may not have the use of it, but in case of a hard blow, it allows you to continue your ascent while trying to recover. Also, remember that two transition parks require two pairs of shoes! Plan ahead to make the most of this extraordinary experience.

Alpe d'Huez Duathlon bend nº3
Keep smiling. Alpe d’Huez Duathlon is super tough, but it’s an amazing experience


21 virages Duathlon de l'Alpe d'Huez

5 tips for tackling the Alpe d'Huez Duathlon 2020

Alpe d'Huez Duathlon start in Bourg d'Oisans

It’s a classic. Each year, we offer you some advice on how to get the best out of the Alpe d’Huez – Bourg d’Oisans Duathlon. With 20% growth expected in 2020, this is the format that is expanding the most among the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon events. The 12th edition includes a change in size (3km to be exact): the second run is lengthened from 2.5km to 5.5km. So here are a few clues to be at the top on July 28th. (photos by Cyrille Quintard)

1 – The preparation of the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon: no secret…

Climb, climb, and climb again. To perform well on this event, hit the hills, but especially try to practice on long climbs. Training in the mountains will give you a real advantage on the day. If you don’t have the opportunity, and you live in a desperately flat area for those looking for a percentage, don’t panic! There are specific training methods if you investigate a little. In any case, integrate well this principle: this race requires a very special effort, so your preparation must adapt accordingly. Get out of your habits!

2 – First run in Bourg d’Oisans: do not fall into the trap

The first run of the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon perfectly sets the tone for the race. Usually taking place in the very hot weather (WARNING: the start is brought forward to 15.00 instead of 16.00), and climbing towards the foothills of the town, this 6.5km introduction is much more demanding and difficult than it seems. Unless you want to be at the forefront, be conservative and don’t succumb to the euphoric start of the other participants! You’ll have plenty of time to make a difference later on.

Alpe d'Huez Duathlon run in Bourg d'Oisans
Alpe d’Huez Duathlon first run takes place in the streets of Bourg d’Oisans in the valley

3 – Second run at Alpe d’Huez: the big change

The best runners will finally be able to have a good time with the new layout of the second run. The loop covers almost the entire circuit used for the two triathlons, and therefore includes the famous last bends of the Col de Sarenne. This changes everything, as the last 5.5km long race will now have to be well managed, whereas it was more of an agonizing sprint before. On the bike, it is now essential to keep energy to complete a solid race.

4 – Nutrition: hydration and energy at the heart of performance

In 2019, heat records were broken in Oisans during Triathlon Week. The conditions during the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon proved to be very difficult for the participants. Hydration is a fundamental aspect before, during and after the effort. Be rigorous, all the more so as the circuits leave little pause for recovery! Note that the Hydrixir drink from our partner Overstim.s will once again be available at the aid stations. Your health is at stake above all. Similarly, on such a short format, think about your immediate energy sources to maintain a good level of intensity. Establish your nutrition strategy and test it before the day.

5 – The material: don’t make mistakes

The dry ascent of the 21 bends that await the participants of the Alpe d’Huez Duathlon implies a good choice of gears. If you are not well accustomed to this type of effort, plan a 38X25 development or even a triple plateau for beginners. You may not have the use of it, but in case of a hard blow, it allows you to continue your ascent while trying to recover. Also, remember that two transition parks require two pairs of shoes! Plan ahead to make the most of this extraordinary experience.

Alpe d'Huez Duathlon bend nº3
Keep smiling. Alpe d’Huez Duathlon is super tough, but it’s an amazing experience