The Lake Annecy International Triathlon is an unmissable sporting event every year. What are the events and how can you participate or attend as a spectator?
One of the most beautiful triathlons in Europe
This sporting challenge has been organised by the Hydros club for 33 years. The 2020 and 2021 editions have been cancelled due to the coronavirus health crisis. Traditionally, the event takes place on a Sunday at the end of June.
For triathlon enthusiasts, it is a magical setting: swim in the turquoise waters of Lake Annecy, cycle through the Parc Naturel des Bauges with a magical view of the lake and run on the Bay of Annecy between the Parc Charles Bosson and the Jardins de l’Europe. The swim is 1.5 km, the bike 40 km and the run 10 km.
At the same time, a race is proposed to children from 6 to 15 years old: the animathlon, which is a competition that combines the bike and the run. Registration is free and the race takes place on Saturday from 2.30 pm.
The Annecy triathlon course
The swim starts from the Pâquier with a loop towards the Ile des Cygnes, a passage under the Pont des Amours and an exit from the water at the Canal du Vassé, in the centre of Annecy.
The 40 km of cycling with 800 m of difference in altitude lead the riders to the Col de Leschaux in the Bauges massif. After a refreshment stop, the return journey takes place via the village of Saint Eustache and Saint-Jorioz along the shores of Lake Annecy. The running part takes place in Annecy in front of the lake on the Pâquier.
Accommodation for the Annecy triathlon
Whether you are a triathlon participant, a volunteer or even an accompanying person, you may need to find accommodation in Annecy. We suggest you to discover some hotels located near the Pâquier.
Rivage Hotel & Spa
At 33 avenue du Petit Port, you will find the Rivage Hôtel & Spa. This 4-star establishment will allow you to reach the Pâquier easily by following the banks of the lake. You can also take advantage of the spa and its wellness centre before or after the triathlon.
From €183 per night.
Le Pélican is a 4-star hotel with a great location and a swimming pool. From 20 rue des Marquisats, you can reach the Pâquier in just 5 minutes, via the Jardins de l’Europe.
From 127€ per night.
Les Muses is a lakeside hotel located at 61 rue Centrale. The location is therefore ideal and you can walk to the start of the triathlon.
From 72€ per night.
Campanile Annecy Centre Gare
The Campanile Annecy Centre Gare is located at 37 rue Vaugelas, just a few metres from Annecy train station. This makes it easy to get to the MIFA and to the open-air film shows in the evening.
From 85€ per night.
Practical information to participate in the Annecy Triathlon
For spectators, the event is free. Registration for participants is done on the website of the organising club Hydros, at the price of 50 € for individuals and 80 € for relays.Important: the medical certificate, the licence or the swimming certificate must be provided when registering online. The bike park is not supervised.
The collection of the race numbers takes place the day before the race, i.e. on Saturday from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.
The Annecy triathlon can be run individually or in relays (with 2 or 3 participants). A briefing is given by the organisation, then at 9.50 am, it is the start of the disabled triathlon. The general start is given at 10 am, men and women are separated by a water line. The prize-giving ceremony takes place on the Pâquier at 2.30 pm.
On Saturday from 2.30 p.m., children and teenagers, from 6 to 15 years old, can participate in various activities such as a duathlon with cycling and running over short distances. Registration is free and equipment is available. Parents can run with younger children to encourage them.
Spectators are welcome to cheer on the athletes along the entire course.
The 2023 edition
The 2023 edition of the Annecy International Triathlon will take place on Sunday 25 June. The programme includes a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike ride and 10 km run between Annecy and Annecy-le-Vieux.
Registration will open on Tuesday 2 May at 12 noon. For those who wish to get involved without taking part in the race, it is possible to register as a volunteer.
The winners of the triathlon per year
We suggest you to discover the winners of the different editions of the Lake Annecy International Triathlon. Note that the 2020 and 2021 editions did not take place due to the health crisis.
The winners of the 2022 edition
For the men: Baptiste Lombardi in 1 hr 56 min 03 s For the women: Virginie Lemay in 2 hr 15 min 35 s
The winners of the 2019 edition
For the men: Rémy Pianaro in 2 h 15 mn 18 s For the women: Virginie Lemay in 2 h 31 mn 49 s
The winners of the 2018 edition
For the men: Théo Debard in 2 h 11 mn 28 s For the women: Virginie Lemay in 2 h 30 mn 7 s
The winners of the 2017 edition
For the men: Clément Cadot in 2 h 17 mn 31 s For the women: Virginie Lemay in 2 h 30 mn 32 s
The winners of the 2016 edition
For the men: Matthew Roberts in 2 h 6 mn 39 s For the women: Stéphanie Ayme in 2 h 35 mn 55 s
The winners of the 2015 edition
For the men: Desmaret Jean-Eudes in 2 h 10 mn 54 s For the women: Virginie Lemay in 2 h 32 mn 59 s