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Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

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One of the toughest triathlons in the world

The Alpe dHuez Triathlon takes place in a unique location with the swim in the crystal waters of the Verney lake, exclusively accessible to swimmers for the triathlon event and surrounded by lush peaks. You then tackle the world famous bike section with both the short and long courses, climbing the legendary 21 bends of lAlpe dHuez.

The race finishes off with the beautiful run section 2000m above sea level. This is indeed a test but if you are an intermediate or advanced triathlete and havent ticked Alpe dHuez off your triathlon wish list then dont hang around, sign up now to avoid disappointment, last year the event sold out before May.

The event was voted by German Triathlon Magazine (Europe's biggest triathlon publication) as one of the 'must-do' triathlons in the World.

How to enter the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

  1. Long Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 2.2km, Bike 118km, Run 20km
  2. Short distance

    Triathlon: Swim 1.2km, Bike 28km, Run 6.7km
  3. Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 6.5km, Bike 15km, Run 2.5km
  4. Children's Triathlon - (Minimes born 2004-2005)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.15km, Bike 4km, Run 0.4km
  5. Children's Triathlon - (Benjamins born 2006-2007)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.1km, Bike 3km, Run 0.4km
  6. Children's Triathlon - (Pupilles born 2008-2009)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.075km, Bike 2km, Run 0.2km
  7. Children's Triathlon - (Poussins & Mini Poussins born 2010-2011 2012-2013)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.05km, Bike 1km, Run 0.2km

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Alpe d'Huez Triathlon routes

LONG DISTANCE (Thursday) -
The Long distance Alpe d'Huez Triathlon takes place in an exceptional setting and over a unique course!

Swimming
Start at 9:30 a.m
Think about a good warm-up, as the water will be chilly but calm, since the wind usually only picks up in the early afternoon. Well identify the course before starting. For those who feel the cold a lot, prepare two swimming caps and why not a bit of warming oil before putting on your full body swimsuit.

Cycling
The cycling course can be broken down into six stages, each of which has its own special characteristics:

Km 0 to 24 (Séchillienne)
Don't set off too fast, this part is a false flat and there might be a tendency to put on too high a gear ratio, especially as the wind is usually in your advantage over this section. Think of taking along some oversleeves, which are easy to carry and will protect you from the chill. In the mountains, weather conditions can change quickly, so you may find them useful in the event of a storm too.
Km 24 to 40 (Alpe du Grand Serre)
The climb to the Alpe du Grand Serre is not particularly difficult. What with all the enthusiasm, it's easy to get carried away, so it's preferable to use an easy gear ratio balancing velocity and power. That way, you'll be neither out of breath nor fighting it. Don't forget to fill your bottles at Alpe du Grand Serre, because, in spite of the wind on the summit, the heat can be significant in the following valley.
Km 40 to 73 (Valbonnais)
After a short 3 km descent, the valley resembles a downhill false flat. You can therefore put the gears back on and test higher speeds close to 40 km/h. Watch out, there are a few areas that will remind you of why this is a difficult course, take them easy without drawing too much on your muscle's reserves. If you need to eat and drink, this is the time to do it. Prevention is better than cure! The one at Valbonnais is the supply point you should not miss. You must absolutely refill here (liquid and solid). At this supply point there are savoury foods available, take advantage of it for a change from sweets.
Km 73 to 91 (Col d'Ornon)
If you want to let yourself go, this is the time to do it, but with moderation! Always keep your efforts under control. The Col d'Ornon is very pleasant, the last 3 km are steeper, don't hesitate to go back down to easier gear ratios. If it's sunny, the air can become very thin. Don't hesitate to spray yourself and freshen up; a station at Perrier will enable you to fill up your bottles again.
Km 91 to 105 (Bourg d'Oisans)
Be careful on this highly technical descent. Let yourself roll down without making too much of an effort, because your only objective at this stage is to recover, hydrate and feed, to arrive at the foot of the Alpe d'Huez in the best possible conditions. And don't hesitate to stretch your legs.
Km 105 to 118 (The climb up to Alpe d'Huez)
At Bourg d'Oisans: mandatory stop to fill water bottles. The first six bends up to La Garde are awful – the climb is steep and the heat is stifling, so be patient and don't hesitate to use your easiest gear ratio. Between La Garde and Saint-Féréol (bends 16 to 7) you'll be smiling again, as the gradient is less steep, and you too are now part of the legend of this route that has seen a century of great cycling champions go by. You should use each bend to revive and recover. It'll still be very hot, so don't hesitate to spray yourself. Between Saint-Féréol and the Patte d'Oie (bends 7 to 3): here you go above 1500 m in altitude, so it will be a little less hot. Take advantage of the Huez crossing to catch your breath, because the difficulties will come back starting with bend No. 4.
Between the Patte d'Oie and the finish line, the steep climbs are back and they are exacerbated by a new problem, the wind that blows on the summit. These are the last few kilometres now, and you'll finish with energy and courage plus the pleasure of seeing your fellow riders making their way up once you are in the last few bends.

Run course
The course is a mixture of paths and asphalted roads. In the climbs, you should shorten your stride, and let yourself go on the way downhill. There are twelve supply points on the course, so drink something regularly. The course consists of 3 loops. The first should be used to find your rhythm and your stride; take the time to become aware of your sensations, as you are at an altitude of between 1800 and 2000 m. Once you have gauged your performance on the first loop, you can let yourself go for the last two...

SHORT DISTANCE (Friday) -
In an effort over less than 40 km, you will discover a broad range of landscapes and swim, ride and run through the entire gamut of human emotions.

Swimming
Start at 2:00 p.m
The wind usually picks up at noon on the dot. Therefore, there could be some waves and a bit of current. Make sure you visualise the course before the start. Think about a good warm-up, as the water will be chilly, between 15°C and 17°C depending on weather. For those who feel the cold a lot, prepare two swimming caps and why not a bit of warming oil before putting on your full body swimsuit.

Cycling
Until Bourg-d'Oisans, the course is easy going, so you can raise the gear ratio. After Bourg d'Oisans, you just have one more kilometre before the climb up to Alpe d'Huez. Take advantage of that last kilometre to recover and hydrate. Between the start of the Alpe and La Garde, the hills are very steep, with gradients ranging between 10 and 12%. Do not hesitate to use a low gear ratio. For your information, to climb the Alpe in less than 50 minutes, you'll have to go by La Garde (Supply point station) in less than 12 min; to do it in less than 55 minutes, you have to have reached La Garde in less than 14 minutes. Until you reach Huez, the climb is more regular, with easier gradients; keep a proper rhythm, but don't go all out because afterwards the bends get harder, so that you will need to draw on your reserves to accomplish a good time.

Supply point
For the bike course, 2 supply points will be set up over the 30 km:
- km 19 (at La Garde): liquid (water, Energy Drink)
- km 24 (at Saint-Féréol): liquid (water, Energy Drink)

Run course
The course is a mixture of trail paths and roads. Remember to drink right from the start of the running course to prevent cramps, because you've just made a big effort on the bike and you're running at an altitude of almost 2000 m. There is just one loop, with a section of climb where you'll have to reduce your stride. Try to get back into a good rhythm with speed in the downhill sections, but make sure you manage your effort.

CUT - OFF TIME

- Swim cut-off / park T1 Lac du Verney: 03.00pm

DUATHLON (Tuesday)-
A legendary training between Bourg d'Oisans and Alpe d'Huez!

Cycling
Between the start of the Alpe and La Garde, the hills are very steep, with gradients ranging between 10 and 12%. Do not hesitate to use a low gear ratio. For your information, to climb the Alpe in less than 50 minutes, you'll have to go by La Garde (Supply point station) in less than 12 min; to do it in less than 55 minutes, you have to have reached La Garde in less than 14 minutes. Until you reach Huez, the climb is more regular, with easier gradients; keep the proper rhythm, but don't go full tilt because afterwards the bends get harder, so that you will need to draw on your reserves to accomplish a good time.

Footrun
There are one Supply point station on the course, so drink something regularly. The course consists of & loops. The first should be used to find your rhythm and your stride; take the time to become aware of your sensations.

CHILDREN'S TRIATHLON (Wednesday) -

A real athlete's course for these future champions, who will start with a few lengths in the open air pool of Alpe d'Huez, at the heart of the resort.

The cycling event consists of one loop of 1 km, to be completed one or more times depending on category. This route is defined within the resort and is entirely reserved for these youngest competitors.
They will then drop off their bikes on the carpet of the big cycle facility, to engage in the footrace and finish their competition by crossing the official finish line of the Long and Short Distance Triathlons.

The Alpe d'Huez Children's Triathlon is an event that enables youngsters to discover the fun and excitement of triathlon as a discipline: there will not be any arrivals ranking or timing, and all children will receive a prize.

Distribution of number bibs and entry fee payment at Palais des Sports of Alpe d'Huez

Starts - will be in waves of 10 to 15 children for each category

Swimming - at the open air pool of Alpe d'Huez

Cycling - on a 1 km loop within the resort of Alpe d'Huez

Run - course on the arrival site

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Massage
  • Showers
  • Prize money
  • Supply points with water and energy drink
Raceday Logistics
Monday, 22 Jul 2019
4.00 pm - 14th edition opening with a mountain bike Trials show in the Village Expo : "The Bomber Show"

4pm - 7pm - Village Expo and TIME Experience opening

4pm - 7pm - Bib numbers pick-up: Duathlon Bourg d'Oisans - Alpe d'Huez, Triathlon Kids (and registrations), Triathlons L and M

5pm - Welcome drinks by La Chartreuse proposed by the organisation team

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

8.30 am - 10.00 am - ZONE3 wetsuit free test - Alpe d'Huez swimming pool

9.30am - 7pm - Village Expo and TIME Experience opening

9.30am - 3.00pm - Bib numbers pick-up: Duathlon Bourg d'Oisans - Alpe d'Huez, Triathlons L and M

9.30am - 12.00 - Registrations and bib numbers pick-up for Triathlon Kids

10.30am - 11.30am - NEW : SPIRIT Tri Series coaching session (Car podium - Village Expo)

11.30 am & 2.00 pm - Mountain bike Trials show in the Village Expo : "The Bomber Show"

DUATHLON

Noon - Bike park (T2) opening in l'Alpe d'Huez

2pm - Bike park (T1) opening in Bourg d'Oisans

3.30pm - Race briefing

4pm - START

5.15pm - Estimated arrival time of the winner

6.30pm - Prize ceremony

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

8.30 am - 10.00 am - ZONE3 wetsuit free test - Alpe d'Huez swimming pool

9.30am - 12.30pm - Bib numbers pick-up: Triathlon Kids, Triathlons L and M

9.30am - 7pm - Village Expo and TIME Experience opening

10.00 am - NEW : Running course official recon with SPIRIT Tri Series (meeting point on SPIRIT Tri Series stand)

11.30 am - Triathlon L Elite Athletes presentation (Car podium - Village Expo)

12.15 pm - Presentation of the winner of the INVERSE Teams Contest 2019 (Car podium - Village Expo)

01pm -06pm - NEW : Free inititiation to mountain bike Trials with TIME and the pilot Simon Masi (registrations on TIME Stand)

2.30pm - 5pm TRIATHLON KIDS

2.30pm - 7pm - Bib numbers pick-up Triathlon L and M

5.30pm - 6pm - NEW : SPIRIT Tri Series coaching session with Brett Sutton (Car podium - Village Expo)

6.00 pm - 7.00 pm - Briefing Triathlon L in the Village Expo (giant screen) in french, english and spanish

Thursday, 25 Jul 2019

8.30 am - 10.00 am - ZONE3 wetsuit free test - Alpe d'Huez swimming pool

2.30pm - 7.00pm - Bib numbers pick-up Triathlon M

11am - 9pm - Village Expo and TIME Experience opening

LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLON

7.00 am - Bike park (T1) opening in Lac du Verney

7.00 am - Bike park (T2) opening in l'Alpe d'Huez

9 am - Race short briefing (T1) in Lac du Verney (last technical informations)

09.30am - Triathlon L LIVE on giant screen in the Village Expo and on alpetriathlon.com

9.30am - START (9.30am-women / 9.45am-men)

3.15pm - Estimated arrival time of the winner

7.00pm - Prize ceremony

7.30 pm - Special L Triathlon prize draw - a Renault Twingo and many prizes to win for the finishers!

Friday, 26 Jul 2019

8.30 am - 10.00 am - ZONE3 wetsuit free test - Alpe d'Huez swimming pool

9.30am - Noon - Bib numbers pick-up Triathlon M

9.30am - 7pm - Village Expo and TIME Experience opening

10.30 am - 11.30 am - Briefing Triathlon M in the Village Expo (giant screen) in french, english and spanish

SHORT DISTANCE TRIATHLON

9am - Noon - Opening of the bike park (T2) at Alpe d'Huez

11.30am - Opening of the bike park (T1) at the Verney's Lake

1.30pm - Race briefing (T1) at the Verney Lake (last technical infos)

2pm - START

3.45 pm - Estimated arrival time of the winner.

06.30pm - NEW : PRIZE DRAW Triathlon suit INVERSE

6.30 pm - Prize ceremony

FAQs

LONG DISTANCE -

Distribution of number bibs
Palais des Sports of Alpe d'Huez

Access to the start line
We advise you to park in Alpe d'Huez and to come down to the start line by bike; an "Access to start line" itinerary will be signposted.
Allow 30 to 40 minutes with 95% of the way is downhill.

Equipment depository
Two facilities are provided:
P1: Swimming/Cycling facility (at the Vaujany Verney start line)
P2: Cycling/Footrace facility (at the Alpe d'Huez finish line)
Bicycles should be handed in at P1 on the day of the race.

Three options for your race equipment. You will be provided with a numbered bag upon collecting your bib:
- you may directly leave your equipment at P2 on the race day between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
- you may also leave your equipment at the entrance of P1 and we will arrange transportation and placement of your equipment at your designated place in the bike park (P2) in Alpe d’Huez
- Finally, you may leave your equipment in the bib collection area on the day before the race, and we will arrange transportation and placement of your equipment at your designated place in the bike park (P2) in Alpe D’Huez

Organizers will take care of taking your swimming equipment back to Alpe d’Huez. End of swimming time : 1 hour and 30 mn after the start.

Showers
Showers will be available at the Palais des Sports in Alpe d'Huez.

Massage
Massage and osteo free service is available all the week long behind the bib collection room, so that you can get prepared and you can recover properly. Opening hours : the same as bib numbers collection

Barrières horaires (cut-off)

- Swim Cut off / park T1 Lac du Verney : 11.00am

- Bike Cut off / top of Alpe du Grand Serre (Km 40) : 01.20pm

- Bike Cut off / Valbonnais (Km 73) : 02.50pm

- Bike Cut off / bottom of Alpe d'Huez (Km 105) : 04.40pm

- Run Cut off / park T2 l'Alpe d'Huez (Km 118) : 06.30pm

- Run Cut off finish line : 09.30pm

SHORT DISTANCE -

Distribution of number bibs
Palais des Sports of Alpe d'Huez

Equipment depository
Two facilities are provided:
P1: Swimming/Cycling facility (at the Vaujany Verney start line)
P2: Cycling/Footrace facility (at the Alpe d'Huez finish line)

Bicycles should be handed in at P1 on the day of the race.
Footrace gear should be handed in at P2 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on the day of the race.
Wetsuit will be brought back and deposited at P2 by the Organisers.

WARNING!!
Organisers will give you a numbered bag at the bib pick-up for your personal belongings of before and after the race, it should be given in to the staff at the entrance of the bike park located in the start area in Vaujany le Verney (P1). You can get this bag back as soon as you arrive in Alpe d'Huez, so you will be able to change in case of bad weather. Footrace gear can also be handed in to the Organisers at the "Bib Distribution" point the day before the race.

Showers
Showers will be available at the Palais des Sports in Alpe d'Huez.

Massage
Massage and osteo free service is available all the week long behind the bib collection room, so that you can get prepared and you can recover properly. Opening hours : the same as bib numbers collection

DUATHLON -

Warning!!
Think about taking a second pair of shoes or to bring your shoes in a bag along during the cycling test. Of course, it will be impossible for us to go back up with your shoes before your arrival in the P2 area for the cycling/footrun transition.

The bib belts is authorized on the duathlon.

Distribution of number bibs
at Palais des Sports of Alpe d'Huez

Access to the start line
We advise you to park in Alpe d'Huez and to come down to the start line by bike; an "Access to start line" itinerary will be signposted.

Equipment depository
Two facilities are provided:
P1: Running/Cycling facility (at the Bourg d'Oisans start line)
P2: Cycling/Footrace facility (at the Alpe d'Huez finish line)

Bicycles should be handed in at P1 between 2pm and 3:45pm at the Bourg d'Oisans start line
The 1st footrace gear (2nd pair of shoes) should be handed in at P2 from 12 noon
The 1st footrace gear will be brought back and deposited at P2 by the Organisers at the end of the race.

Showers
Showers will be available at the Palais des Sports in Alpe d'Huez.

Alpe d'Huez Triathlon weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

27°C
Predicted highs
18°C
Predicted lows
Icon40% chance of rain

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