The course details have been confirmed for the 29th edition of the La Tour Geneva Triathlon (La Tour Genève Triathlon) in Switzerland set to take place on 14-15 July 2018. Racing in downtown Geneva, triathletes of all ages and levels will swim in Geneva’s lake, cycle through the international district and run on the lakefront through the Parc Mon Repos.
Whilst the swim courses remain unchanged and run courses underwent only a few minor changes, the bike course for the Short and Standard Distance events has been modified so athletes will have to complete fewer loops whilst still having to take on the formidable Chemin de L’impératrice climb.
Starting on the beach of the Bains des Paquis in the shadow of the Jet d’Eau, participants in the Discovery (250m), Short (500m) and Standard (1500m) distance events will swim in the direction of Lausanne before looping back towards the Pont du Mont-Blanc and exiting the water in the port to enter the transition zone on the Quai du Mont-Blanc.
Jumping on their bike as they exit the transition zone, athletes will set off on the new bike course loop for the Short (20km) and Standard Distance (40km) events. Sticking to a similar route to what was used in the past, the new course now extends further along the lake road towards Lausanne before an 180º turn at the entrance of Bellevue. This will see participants head towards the Chemin de L’impératrice climb and then descend back to the transition zone on the lakefront.
Totalling 10km in length, this new route means competitors will only need to complete two loops for the Short Distance event and four loops for the Standard Distance event. The organising team note that fewer loops to complete this new course will make for faster riding since there are fewer ascents to be made up the Chemin de L’impératrice and clearer roads to be enjoyed, as competitors will be spread out across 10km instead of 7km.
Participants in the Discovery format will ride the same 6.5km loop as last year, which also includes an ascent up the Impératrice.
Leaving their bike in transition and slipping on their running shoes for the final leg of the triathlon, the athletes will run along the lakefront and through the Parc Mon Repos to complete their race. The run courses for the Discovery (2.5km), Short (5km) and Standard (10km) have all undergone minor changes from the 2017 route, and will also be run in the opposite direction to the route used in previous years.
Run&Bike and Juniors
The course for the Run&Bike event remains the same as in 2017 and the Junior events (Kidsathlon 6-9, Ecoliers 10-11 and Ecoliers 12-13) will all take place on the lakefront as in 2017.
Saturday July 14th
– Kidsathlon (ages 6-9) : 50m Swim, 1km Bike, 500m Run
– Ecoliers (ages 10-11) : 100m Swim, 2km Bike, 600m Run
– Ecoliers (ages 12-13) : 200m Swim, 4km Bike, 1,25km Run
– Discovery (Men, Women, Relay – from age 14) 250m Swim, 6.7km bike, 2.5km run
– Short (Men, Women, Relay – from age 16) : 500m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
– Run & Bike (as a duo – from age 14) : 13km
Sunday July 14th
– Standard (Men, Women, Relay – from age 18) : 1.5km swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run