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Alpe d'Huez Long Course Triathlon


gummibear
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An early start? No, 9:30am will do just fine.

Saturday or Sunday? No, we race on Wednesday.

Standard, Half or Full? No, we'll have 2.2km / 115km / 22km because....we can.

 

That said, for the first time, more than 50% of the entries were from outside of France.

 

Combine the infamous 21 hairpin turns of Alpe d'Huez as your final 13.8km to bring you to T2 (at 1850m altitude) with a one lap course of stunning beauty, and you - almost - overlook the fact that before you get there you have the scale (and importantly, descend) the Alpe du Grand Serre and the Col d'Ornon too. This certainly isn't an 'a bit longer than a half ironman' race. But it is, rightly, becoming one of the classic events of world triathlon. Oh, and we do it all again tomorrow in 'short' version!

 

 

Fast-forwarding to Alpe d'Huez itself, the mist was so thick and low that you could barely see who was arriving at T2. As last year, James Cunnama pushed the pace on the Alpe and extended a lead of what seemed like a couple of minutes. With a fine running pedigree that would usually be enough, but James has been carrying a running injury (he dropped out in Roth), and also had to serve a five minute penalty in T2; details unknown. Aussie and teamTBB team mate Farlow was next in, but as it turned out it would be Del Corral who would be tearing up the run - and he looked great doing it. Short course specialist Reto Hug came through strongly for second while Cunnama slipped back to sixth. The penalty didn't help, but today was not his day.

 

 

 

 

Pos Men Women

1st Victor Del Corral (ESP) 5:50:13 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 6:25:00

2nd Reto Hug (SUI) 5:56:16 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 6:46:31

3rd Aaron Farlow (AUS) 5:59:04 Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 6:47:25

4th Marcus Ornellas (BRA) 6:01:05 Céline Shaerer (SUI) 6:55:03

5th Hervé Faure (FRA) 6:02:13 Eimear Mullan (IRL) 6:57:49

6th James Cunnama (RSA) 6:03:02 Lou Collins (GBR) 6:58:53

7th Matteo Annovazzi (ITA) 6:06:55 Coralie Lemaire (FRA) 7:09:55

8th Timothy Van Houtem (BEL) 6:07:56 Stéphanie Reymond (FRA) 7:12:10

9th Olivier Marceau (SUI) 6:08:59 Amy Marsh (USA) 7:16:17

10th Erik Simon Strijk (NED) 6:10:28 Diane Lee (GBR) 7:33:07

11th Jan Rehula (CZE) 6:13:34

12th Brandon Marsh (USA) 6:14:56

13th Cédric Lassonde (FRA) 6:18:56

14th Sam Gardner (GBR) 6:22:40

15th Giles Reboul (FRA) 6:27:44

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