A record breaking 29th edition for the La Tour Geneva Triathlon!
Conditions were perfect on this second morning of racing for the 29th edition of the La Tour Geneva Triathlon. Assembled on the pontoon of the Bains des Paquis, 800 triathletes toed the start line for the Standard Distance (1.5km-40km-10km), waiting for the gun to go off at 10am.
Exiting the water to an incredible atmosphere on shores of the lake, the triathletes mounted their bikes and took to the new 8km bike loop that they would have to complete five times in order to cover the 40km distance. Featuring the renowned and oft-feared Chemin de l’Impératrice, the bike course was full of enjoyment for Parisien, Vincent who had never raced in Geneva before: “What a great race! I’d never been here before, the atmosphere was incredible,” he exclaimed, “I loved the bike course, with the climb up the Impératrice we could then recover on the descent before taking it on again”.
Leaving their bikes in transition after completing the 40km ride, the triathletes set off on foot to run the 10km course through the Parc de Mon Repos and along the shores of the lake.
First to cross the finish line was Thomas Huwiler, taking the overall win in a time of 1h59m30. Delighted at his victory, his ear-to-ear smile indicated how delighted he was to have defended his title: “I was chasing the whole way from the swim exit, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to catch the guys at the front,” he said, “it took me longer than last year to move into the lead so I’m really pleased to have been able to defend my title, it wasn’t easy!”
In the women’s race it was Imogen Simmonds who took the win in a time of 2h06m48s, defending her title and finishing fourth overall in the process: “Geneva is always fantastic, the course is stunning and there’s support all along the course,” she said, “the boys up front were quite far ahead but it was a good objective to stay as close as I could to them”.
Racing alongside the individual athletes, the relay teams (consisting of friends, family members and colleagues) took it in turns to swim, bike and run to complete the event as a team. Member of the cavaetretritridur team Pascal was blown away by the beauty of the setting: “I loved swimming in the lake, it was paradise-like conditions,” he said, “the atmosphere was incredible, there were supporters all along the course” added Anne who completed the run leg of the triathlon.
On Saturday, a number of shorter race formats experienced just as much success as the Standard Distance today. Several of the race formats sold out in the weeks before the race. With 2200 participants for this 29th edition a new record was set for participation, the barrier of the 2000 having never been surpassed previously.
Event director Benjamin Chandelier was full of praise for all the triathletes who took part this weekend: “From the first to the last and the youngest to the oldest, all the participants contributed immensely to the amazing atmosphere all weekend,” he said, “I’d like to congratulate everyone for taking part and thank all the supporters who came along to support them. The conditions were amazing and with the growing popularity of the event we hope to see even more smiling faces taking part in the 30th edition next year”.
“I would like to thank our title sponsor La Tour Medical Group and all of our partners for their ongoing support. Moreover, I’d also like to thank the competent authorities of the city and canton of Geneva for helping us to organise this event in such a stunning location, as well as our hundreds of volunteers without whom the event would be possible.”
The 2018 edition in numbers
7 race formats over two days
800 participants on the Standard
100 participants on the Run & Bike
250 participants on the Discovery
900 participants on the Short
150 participants on the Junior Races
29% women and 71% men
Over 60 nationalities: Switzerland, France, UK, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, Holland, Romania, Senegal
Top 3: Switzerland, France, UK
Top 3 cantons: Genève, Vaud et Zürich
Youngest: 6 years old
Oldest: 69 years old
Average age: 35