James Cunnama regained his title from 2010 at the 2016 Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, over the 2.2km swim, 115km bike, that features the infamous 21-bend mountain climb used as part of the Tour de France and 22km run.
A chilly 16° water temperature soon turned to a warm day on the bike and run for Cunnama, who returns to this race every year and was ecstatic to get the win.
“I am really happy. I come here every year, and every time I have been running in circle trying to find this victory. The experience of the race has really me helped me manage my pace. It is an iconic triathlon, an exceptional race. I like it’s authenticity: you always find your limits here, each discipline is very demanding. The crowd in the villages, the climb and the run really surprised me. The atmosphere was awesome. It is one of those race that you need to do once in your life.”