Whilst many of Peak XV guys and girls are enjoying a few weeks relaxing and getting their lives back after completing Ironman UK others are preparing to don their neoprene over the weekend.
On Friday Steve Hackett took part in what’s becoming one of the iconic races Alpe d’huez. The triathlon starts with a 1200m swim in the clear waters of Lac du Verney. Out onto the bike and after a few flat kilometres the race reaches Bourg-d’Oisans and where the action starts with a ascent of the 21 hairpins of Alpe D hue. The run section is short at only 7km however the effects of running at altitude make the run hard work.
Also racing abroard over the weekend is Rich Sutcliffe and Grant Gurnsey. Both are taking part in Ironman Maastricht. The swim takes place in the Maas River where athletes will swim against the mild current for 1.9 km where there will be an ‘Australian exit’ where athletes have to exit and re-enter the water, and swim back with the current.
The 180 km bike course is 2 loops of 90 km around Maastricht, with approximately 1400 m of elevation on the course. Finally the 42km run comprises of 4 loop course of 10.5 km. through Maastricht with approximately 280 m. of elevation.
Racing closer to home are Chris Walsh, Simon Atkin and Matt Jackson who are all taking part in the Salford Triathlon. For once the weather looks as though it might be warm and sunny!
Good luck to them all