This tough race is manageable for all triathletes, an ideal challenge for triathlon clubs, and a personal adventure to share with family and friends. The Alpe d’Huez climb, tackled by the triathletes over the course of the afternoon, is at it’s best in this special accessible format. However what makes this challenge unforgettable is the magic of the Alps in general, from the stunning Lac du Verney to the picturesque Col de Sarenne at 1800m altitude.
With only 1.2km to tackle, the swim of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon M is as fast as it is intense. The initial women’s start 15 minutes before the departure of the men, with around 400 women expected, makes this one of the most dynamic and exciting triathlons for female athletes. The mass start for the men too confirms the race as one of the most epic in the international triathlon calendar for everyone. The lake is home to an EDF hydroelectric power station, which stops running during the race (swimming is forbidden here the rest of the year). The average water temperature for the last five years is around 17 degrees.
The cycle route is split into two parts. First of all the triathletes ride a short 15km section along the stunning valley between Lac du Verney and Bourg d’Oisans. Hopefully the triathletes haven’t used all of their energy on this section, because next is the famous Alpe d’Huez climb. The 21 bends are the biggest challenge of the day, winding their way up 13.9km of 8% gradient. Under the July sun the climb can feel even longer and more impressive, living up to its reputation. The public and the members of our organisational team will be there to cheer on and support the triathletes around every bend and precipitous switchback. At the end of the bike section through the streets of Alpe d’Huez the transition zone comes quickly – no rest for the wicked!
Sitting at 1800m altitude and taking in 100m of ascent, the running section of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon M is worth every second. Whatever their level, the triathletes must give their all to get to the end of the 6.7km loop which pushes the athletes on both road and trial and offers in exchange some of the most stunning vistas one can get from the resort. The smiles of pride and accomplishment at the finish line are telling : this race is as demanding as it is exciting!
At Alpe d’Huez’s Palais des Sports (Please check the Official Programme for timings and location).
We advise athletes to park in Alpe d’Huez and ride to the start by bike, following the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon official signs along the route which goes via Villard Reculas. Allow at least 30-40 minutes and remember that 95% of the route there is downhill.
Kit drop off
Two bike parks are installed for the race:
T1 Swim/Bike park (Lac du Verney)
T2 Bike/Run park (Alpe d’Huez outdoor football pitch)
Bikes are to be put at T1 on the day of the race.
Pour les affaires de course à pied, les triathlètes ont 3 options.
There are two options for dropping off the running gear to ensure it is ready in position for athletes during the race. They can be dropped off (using the numbered bag provided in your bib pack) either:
- directly at the T2 park on the morning of the race between 9 and 12am.
- at the bib pick-up area on the day before the race.
The swimming kit must be placed in the ‘Zone 3’ branded bag (provided in your bib pack) during the first transition (T1). This bag must be correctly labelled (with the number stuck to the strap, number provided), and well closed by the triathlete. This should be left it at the triathletes numbered place in the T1 park so that our team can bring it up to Alpe d’Huez during the race. The athlete can then collect it after the race.
Your bag of personal items can be given to our team at the entrance of the T1 park in correctly labelled bag (with the number stuck to the strap, number provided). Our team will then bring it up to Alpe d’Huez during the race so the athlete can collect it after the race. Please be aware that plastic bags are not allowed.
Sports massage and physio.
The Alpe d’Huez PhysiOstéo team offers a free service to race participants during the opening hours of the bib pick-up area (consult the Official Programme for timings), and at the finishing line of the race. This exceptional service is carried out by around 20 professional physiotherapists and osteopaths, who are all triathlon enthusiasts. They are there to help the athletes recover well from the race, but equally to welcome them beforehand to get in race-ready condition.
- Swimming cut off at T1 park at Lac du Verney : 15h00 (both men and women)
Application criteria for ELITE triathletes for the Triathlon M.
The Alpe d’Huez Triathlon L is a prestigious race popular among professional triathletes. See below the athletes (apart from certain exceptions) who qualify for the benefits of our privileged welcome package for the 2021 edition, following the results of the 2020 edition.
- 1st-3rd place: Free sign-up for the 2021 race, plus 3 nights of accommodation
- 4th-10th place: Free sign up for the 2021 race
Prize money. (for triathletes in the PRO category only)
|Scratch rankings (Men and Women)||Gross||Net -15%||Retention|
|1er||600 €.||510 €.||90 €.|
|2éme||400 €.||340 €.||60 €.|
|3éme||250 €.||212,50 €.||37,50 €.|
|4éme||200 €.||170 €.||30€.|
|5éme||150 €.||127,50 €.||22,50€.|
|6éme||100 €.||85 €.||15 €.|