Challenge: Alpe d’Huez triathlon. Swim: 1.2km, Cycle: 30km; Run 7km (the short option). The long option is:
Details: Stunning scenery with a 14km mountain climb from 770m up to 1850m Alpe D’Huez summit with 21 hair pin bends. Several choices on distances, and a duathlon (just cycle and run) option. Race website. Read here for a blog giving the full low down on the long distance race.
Where? Alpe d’Huez, France
When? July/ August – Race website
Transport? : We travelled with our bikes on the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Then cycled across Paris to Gare de Lyon, then TGV down to Grenoble. That makes it sound easy – my guide to booking tickets and travelling with your bike from London to France helps break the steps down. We then rented a car at Grenoble train station to get to Alpe d’Huez. A car is pretty important- and with bikes, you’ll get maximum 3 people + bikes in there.
Accommodation? We stayed in an airbnb in Huez Village, 2/3 up the Alpe d’Huez road. Worked well.
Bring? Triathlon kit and anything else you want for a long weekend in France. Passport!
Food & drink? We did a supermarket shop for our food at home, then ate out a couple of times in the village. The triathlon has feed stations during the race.
Cost? £550 per person for 4 nights
- Transport: Eurostar £116, SNCF £170, Eurostar bike supplement £60
- Accommodation: Airbnb €25 per night
- Activity: Triathlon entrance: €60
- Food and drink extras: €40 per day if you supermarket breakfast and lunch and eat out for €30 (recommend Edelweiss and Le Genepi set menus)
Other things you can do while you’re there: Alpe d’Huez is an outdoor sports mecca. Road biking, Mountain biking, climbing, hiking, golf, clay pigeon shooting, trail running, paragliding, canyoning. Bourg-d’Oisans is a hub for it all at the bottom of the town.