Alpe d'Huez Triathlon 2017 - early bird pricing ends 28th February

Alpe d’Huez Triathlon: early rate ends soon

Considering Alpe d’Huez Triathlon in 2017?

We’ve never hidden our admiration for this event on the pages of Tri247. If you are looking to race abroad, and want a challenge outside of the more typical ITU/ETU Age-Group schedule or the IRONMAN / Challenge middle and long distance offerings, then the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon really should be on your shortlist.

Taking place this year on Thursday 27th July (Long – 2.2k / 115k / 22k) and Friday 28th July (Short – 1.2k / 30k / 7.3k), this really is one of the marquee races of the European calendar. There is also a Duathlon on the Tuesday and Children’s race on the Wednesday, so there should be something to suit everyone.

Entry prices for the triathlons increase from 1st March 2017 – so if you enter before then,  you can save EUR 30 (Long) or EUR 10 (Short). With easy access from the UK and plentiful accommodation available, it is well worth considering.

If you need convincing, then scroll through the gallery above, which features some stunning images courtesy of Laurent Salino and José Luis Hourcade.


Take your chance now : registration fees are going up!

Time is running out on the early special entry rate for the 2017 EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.

If you are looking to take part in this spectacular event then get your entry in soon and same money at the same time.

Registrations are going fast this year according to the race organisers and 2017 is set to be another great year for the event. We already are in February… there is only one weeks remaining before the increase of registration fees on 28th February.

Taking in some of the most scenic stages in the sport of triathlon you will be lining up against not only a focussed set of fellow athletes but one of the most challenging courses around. Take a deep breath and ask yourself what are you looking for in a triathlon. If you think “passion”, “escape”, “adventure”, “experience”, then do not hesitate. This could be your moment, the opportunity to start one of the greatest races in Europe.

A lake swim in Lac du Verney will wake you up and it’s typically on the cooler side of things.

EDF Alpe d'Huez Triathlon gallery
The swim start in Lac du Verney

That leads you into the bike stage and Alpe du Grand Serre (1375 m) and the Col d’Ornon (1371 m) – as well as the climb through the 21 switching bends of the climb to Alpe d’Huez and then a challenging run to finish.

EDF Alpe d'Huez Triathlon gallery
On the climb of Alpe d’Huez to T2

There are several event distances available so choose wisely, and check out the timings and events leading up to the races. You might want to make a holiday of it as there are plenty of things leading up to race day to get you in the spirit.

Visit the EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon website for full details, schedules and entry – www.alpetriathlon.com.

Giant Store St. Pauls

Giant Store St. Pauls Triathlon Evening #2 – SWIMMING!

Thursday 2nd February 2017 – Swimming Feature

This Thursday, the Giant Store St. Pauls, Central London, will host the second of their FREE Triathlon Evenings – which will be dedicated to Swimming!

Here is an insight into what will be happening, a great opportunity to learn from a range of experts and also see and trial the latest in wetsuit and swim-related products

  • 5pm – 6.30pm Wetsuit Fitting Sessions – 3 x 30 minute bookable sessions. 2 rooms (Males/Female) 6 customers at a time. All brands in each room.
  • BOOK YOUR FITTING SESSION HERE >>> LINK!
  • 5pm Onwards – Expo style upstairs
  • 6.30 pm – Wetsuit cat walk. Starting with entry level suit male and female from each brand. Then mid range suite from each brand. Brand Ambassadors wear the suits and Brand Reps can talk through the details.
  • 7.15pm – Speakers. 20 mins from Swim for Tri on Swim Technique. 20 mins from The Great British Swim on Open water swimming – and possibly one other slot to be confirmed!
  • 8pm – General social / sales

Discounts

There will be a special event discount of 10% on Wetsuits.

Competitions

For every wetsuit someone tries their name gets entered into a prize draw for a goody bag.

Simply fill in a feedback form and pop it into the prize draw box in the fitting room.

*** BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE ***

You can see the full schedule of events at the Giant Store St. Pauls in THIS ARTICLE.

Scroll through the gallery above for images from the first evening Giant Store St. Pauls Triathlon event held on 19th January 2017

We’ve even put together this quirky little time-lapse video from the evening. If you can, do try and come along to some more of the events in the fortnightly series, which will cover a range of triathlon-related areas. All of the events are FREE to attend!

20 meter drafting rule for The Championship

20 metre drafting rule for ‘The Championship’

Whether it is metres or meters… the Challenge Family have today confirmed – for both professional AND age group athletes – that ‘THE CHAMPIONSHIP’ (more on that HERE), which takes place at the x-bionic sphere© in Samorin, Slovakia on June 3, 2017, will feature a 20 meter/metre drafting distance.

This format has been used previously (with positive feedback from the athletes), most notably at the debut – and final – edition of Challenge Bahrain in 2014.

Here are the full details announced today.


CHALLENGEFAMILY has today announced that it will implement a 20 meter drafting rule on the bike leg at THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 as a means to provide the fairest racing for all athletes. The 20 Meter drafting rule will apply for all professional and age group athletes.

Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of CHALLENGEFAMILY, said: “The Championship is our pinnacle event and we are committed to providing all athletes, be they professional or age groupers, with a fair race that rewards effort. With a minimum €150,000 prize purse there is a lot on the line for our professional athletes. It is imperative that we offer a level playing field for all. The drafting rule was one of the most critical topics of 2016 among pro athletes and for a fair race we feel it is imperative that the 20 meter rule is implemented for The Championship 2017.”

The 20 meter draft zone on the bike course will be a rectangle three meters wide and 20 meters long. An athlete will have 40 seconds to complete any overtaking maneuver once they enter the draft zone. The 20 meter will be enhanced through a new event start procedure which will see age group wave starts commencing at least 20 minutes after the last professional wave start and each wave start will have a maximum of 200 athletes.

Key aspects of the 20 meter drafting rule at The Championship:

  • Separate female and male pro start wave
  • Age Group Start minimum 20 minutes behind professional wave starts
  • Maximum 200 athletes in any one start wave
  • Minimum 10-minute gap between each age group wave start
  • Sufficient referees on the bike course
  • Markers placed and repeated at 20 meter intervals along the bike course to help athletes estimate the 20-meter distance correctly.

An athlete may enter a bike draft zone in the following circumstances:

  • If the athlete enters the draft zone, and progresses through it within 40seconds in the overtaking maneuver;
  • For safety reasons;
  • 100 meters before and after an aid station or transition area;
  • At an acute turn;
  • If the Technical Delegate excludes a section of the course because of narrow lanes, construction, detours, or for other safety reasons.

THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 will be held at the incredible x-bionic sphere© in Samorin, Slovakia on June 3, 2017. x-bionic sphere© covers 1 million square metres and offers facilities for twenty-seven different Olympic sports. Athletes have qualified for THECHAMPIONSHIP at CHALLENGEFAMILY events across the globe.

Athletes can still qualify at the upcoming races: CHALLENGEWANAKA (New Zealand), CHALLENGEMELBOURNE (Australia), CHALLENGEGRANCANARIA (Spain), CHALLENGETAIWAN (Taiwan), CHALLENGECERRADO (Brazil), CHALLENGELISBOA (Portugal), CHALLENGERIMINI (Italy) and CHALLENGESALOU (Spain).

More information about THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 is available at www.thechampionship2017.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin confirmed for 2017

IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin confirmed for 2017

IRONMAN 70.3 RETURNS TO DUBLIN

ENTRIES TO OPEN 1ST FEBRUARY

IRONMAN is pleased to announce that IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin will be returning to the country’s capital on Sunday 20th August, 2017.

Entries for this eagerly awaited confirmation will open on Wednesday 1st February at 1pm.

Over 2,000 athletes, either individually or in a relay team, will tackle the third annual IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin race, which incorporates a 1.2 mile (1.9km) swim, followed by a 56 mile (90km) bike ride and then a 13.1 (21.1km) mile half-marathon all within 8.5 hours in and around Dublin.

The open-water swim will take place in Scotsman’s Bay (Dún Laoghaire), before athletes mount their bikes to travel through Dublin and west of the city, through Fingal, Kildare and Meath, on a looped cycle course, finally returning to Phoenix Park for the half-marathon run and where they will cross the finish line.

The swim and run course will remain unchanged, as will the majority of the bike course, but the final route will be subject to final approval by the statutory authorities and will be released in due course.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland commented, “We are delighted to return to Dublin for the third consecutive year to this iconic city venue. The event attracted thousands of athletes and spectators alike and we very much hope to welcome them again and together with the support of the local authorities build on the success of 2017. ”

Amongst the 2,000 entries, over 50% of whom are first timers, the event also has a truly international flavour. Last year athletes from 36 countries travelled across the globe to Dublin to compete, along with over 70% of Irish participants. The United States was the country with the third highest number of entries, including leading NASCAR driver Landon Cassil.

Additionally IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin race has been selected as a qualifying race for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Mandela Bay, South Africa, with 50 qualifying slots up for grabs for the pinnacle event in the global IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series.

Last year, USA’s Ben Collins and Susie Cheetham from the UK were crowned winners in the men’s and women’s pro races, finishing in 4:00:41 and 4:22:33 respectively. Ireland’s Bryan McCrystal was not only the top age group competitor but also finished in a phenomenal 2nd place overall with a time of 04:00:56.

For further information, video highlights and online entry from 1 February, please visit ironman.com/dublin70.3

IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin
DUBLIN, IRELAND – AUGUST 14: Susie Cheetham (C) of United Kingdom wins the womens IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin triathlon event on August 14, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images for Ironman)