Part of the Spirit Tri Series, the TIME Alpe d’Huez Triathlon attracted more than 3,000 competitors last weekend. Athletes took on the famously challenging bike course made up of multiple mountain passes, including the 21 switching bends of the climb to Alpe d’Huez.
Spirit Multisport CEO, Tom Sutton, said the TIME Alpe d’Huez Triathlon was an event that tested every athlete on the course. “We were promised an epic race and it exceeded all expectations. It is truly one of the great events of world triathlon.” he said.
In a release from the Spirit Multisport team, Sutton went on to note that ‘this week’s race confirmed the Spirit Tri Series was a real alternative to current long distance triathlon offerings, with upcoming announcements regarding the growth of the series coming soon.’
He added, “We will continue to partner with events that have long established reputations for safety, fairness and professionalism, as well as a shared vision for supporting grassroots triathlon.”
The next race in the series will be the TRANSVorarlberg Triathlon, Austrian National Championships, held on August 25.
Daniela Ryf, four-time IRONMAN World Champion, convincingly won the third race in the Spirit Tri Series, the TIME Alpe d’Huez triathlon. She won the women’s race and finished sixth overall in a time of 6:15:57, nearly 30 minutes ahead of second place female Carrie Lester from Australia. Romaine Guillaume placed first in the men’s race with a time of 6:02:52.