Approx. 140 km
The Alpe D'Huez Triathlon L course is one of the most challenging in the world. The race starts with a 2,2 km swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Lac du Verney. After completing the swim, athletes must tackle the 118 km bike course, which includes a climb up the Col de Sarenne and the legendary Alpe d'Huez. The climb up the Alpe d'Huez is one of the most challenging parts of the race, with a gradient of up to 14% in some places. Finally, athletes must complete a 20 km run that takes them through the stunning Oisans region.Participants need to have previous experience in long-distance triathlons to stand a chance of crossing the finish line.
What makes it unique?
Taking place in the breathtaking French Alps, this event offers a unique and picturesque setting that will take your breath away. But it's not just the stunning scenery that sets this event apart. The atmosphere is electric, with a strong sense of camaraderie among athletes that will push you to your limits while also supporting and motivating you every step of the way.
With limited entry, the Alpe D'Huez Triathlon L is an exclusive event that fills up fast. Only 1.500 participants are allowed to take part each year, adding to the event's exclusivity and making it even more sought after. Athletes from around the world come to test their limits and experience the thrill of competing in this challenging and unforgettable event.
Participants undergo hard-core training months in advance to build up the endurance and strength needed to compete. Each one supporting the spirit of the event, which is based on personal achievement, respect, solidarity and humility.
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How to prepare
Train for the elevation
One of the most challenging aspects of the event is the elevation gain on the bike and run course. Train for this by incorporating hill repeats into your workouts. You can try training at altitude to help acclimate your body to the thinner air.
Practice your transitions
Transition times can greatly impact your race time, so practice switching between disciplines quickly and efficiently. You can also practice putting on and taking off your wetsuit, as this can be a time-consuming task if you're not used to it.
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