We saw Piers Constable taking on the mighty Triathlon Alpe D’Huez in the French Alpes on 26th July. As the race orgainisers say it takes your breath away… quite literally I bet 🙂
The long course event is incredibly tough, much tougher than the short course, 3 times as long in fact 🙂 it covers a broad range of landscapes and the swim (2.2km), ride (115km) and run (22km) take every competitor through the entire gamut of human emotions.
The swim is in the pure waters of the Lac du Verney, located at an altitude of 700m followed by the bike leg which takes you to the summit of the Alpe d’Huez, at more than 1800m. The climb of the 21 legendary switchbacks to Alpe d’Huez is the main course of this Triathlon. Once the climb is over there’s just a 22 km loop to be run on the mountain at an altitude of 2000m – wow! 🙂
It seems Piers had a wonderful time up there in the mountains and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of this awesome race – find his race report here