Last weekend the inaugural Evergreen Endurance launched on the shores of Lake Montriond. At 7am, triathletes from all over the world lined up for either a 2km or a a 4km swim in the bitterly cold lake, and followed that up with a road cycle to Chamonix, taking in a route that spanned either 95km of cols and climbs or a rather more extreme 181km ride. The final leg involved a trail run of either 21km or 43km, taking in Chamonix’s toughest terrain. It’s no surprise after reading those distances that the Evergreen Endurance has already been hailed as one of the toughest races in its classification.
Many of the Morzine based pro triathletes taking part stay with Tri4theAlps, working with experts Joe and Amelia Pearson all summer long. Morzine really has become a base for many of the world’s greatest athletes, it’s no surprise that they lined up on the shores of Lake Montriond to take part.
Georgia and Tom Brown travelled from Hong Kong for the race, staying with Tri4theAlps. Georgia signed up for the 118 distance Evergreen Endurance, winning in her age group and finishing 4th overall in the female category. Meanwhile Tom lined up for the 228 distance but had to pull out during the cycle following cramps. Georgia told us:
“Leading into the event I felt well prepared and knowledgable on the course, which turned out to be key! I enjoyed the race, but I under ran due to an existing injury. I also had a panic attack during the swim and I couldn’t feel my feet until half way up the second hill during the cycle. The road surfaces were frustrating at times.”
Jo Sutton completed her first ever Olympic distance event this summer and was persuaded to return to take on the Evergreen 118. She finished 2nd overall and loved the event.
“I was pretty nervous leading up to the race as I’d never done an event that long. I especially enjoyed the swim and bike, the sun coming up over Lake Montriond was also pretty special. The hardest part for me was the run, with steep ascents and technical descents.”
Amelia Pearson runs Tri4theAlps and has completed 6 ironman previously, finishing on the podium 4 times. She told us:
“I hoped that my consistent summer of swimming, cycling and running would get me through. The event was totally what I’d expected and a little bit more. The swim was great, the water was nice and the setting stunning. The bike was incredible, through some of my favourite climbs. I was leading the female section but I decided not to head out for the second run lap. The weather, combined with the terrain was too risky!”
This video of extended highlights from Drone Alps shows just how challenging the Evergreen Endurance was for all involved and there’s some very inspiring footage of Morzine and Chamonix too!