Alpe d’Huez Triathlon
Alpe d’Huez Triathlon
Every year, the world’s elite meets at the heart of the Oisans massif to take part in one of the most prestigious triathlon on the international calendar. For one week in Alpe d’Huez, with several races and a range of entertainment, ‘Triple Effort’ enthusiasts will enjoy a unique event of its kind.
In an exceptional setting, amateurs or experienced racers, adults or children can choose the event that suits them best.
Duathlon: Tuesday 31th July – Start 16h00.
6,5 km run- 15 km bike- 2,5 km run
With 400 duathletes taking part, this opening event between Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez is an intense but fun experience!
The Duathlon event is an introduction to combined events with a 6.5 km run followed by a 15 km cycle ride, including the Alpe d’Huez ascent and a 2.5 km run at 2000 meters high.
Children Triathlon : Wednesday 1st August – from 14h30 to 16h00.
The 2017 edition of the Children Triathlon promises to be epic, with double the number of registrations than in 2016. The race is fully subscribed with 300 children in various categories from 6 to 14 years old.
The Children Triathlon is a non-competitive race for youngsters to discover the joys of triathlon: there is no ranking or timing, all children are rewarded.
A flash mob will take place at 17h00 at the Sponsor Village, with all children involved.
Triathlon L (Long Distance): Thursday 2nd August – Start 9h30.
2,2 km swim-120 km bike- 21 km run
The Long Distance Triathlon is the main event of the week with 1100 athletes starting in the crystal clear waters of the Verney hydroelectric dam. Thanks to special authorisation from EDF, sponsor of the event, competitors will have the privilege to swim in clear water, at 700 m high, surrounded by amazing landscapes.
The cycling route will favour climbers, with 3 mountain passes: Alpe du Grand Serre (1375 m), Col d’Ornon (1371 m) and the mythical ascent of Alpe d’Huez and its 21 bends.
To top it all, following the bike run, running will take place in the majestic setting of the resort of Alpe d’Huez. The route, a mixture of paved roads and mountain paths, consists of three loops of 7.3 km each.
Triathlon M (Short Distance): Friday 3rd August – Start 14h00.
1,2 km swimn-30 km ride- 7 km run
The most favoured event by triathletes in 2017 has become a ‘must do’ for all French and foreign clubs. Beyond the fierce competition and challenge of the 21 mythical bends, the Triathlon M is also well known for its friendly and cheerful atmosphere.
On the menu: the pure waters of Lac du Verney, where the swimming takes place, through to the summit of Alpe d’Huez, at more than 1800 m high. There is something for every taste. The ascent of the legendary climb is the main course of this Triathlon. Once the climb has been completed, there is only a 7 km loop left around the resort, a real piece of cake!
Another special feature of this festival is that the events are not just for seasoned triathletes. The EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon enables amateur athletes to form a relay team, so that as many people as possible can learn about one of the three disciplines: the opportunity to create new triathlete vocations among the neophytes!
In total, more than 3500 triathletes, including more than 50% from abroad, will take part in this triathlon at the top!