Our top 5 summer events in the Alps

Haut Chablais Cyclosportive, June 18thE03F590949974AFDBCE4C536B66CCD06 Choose from either the 100km (2500m climb) or 155km (4000m climb) race. The last climb on both routes is the iconic Joux Plan, so make sure you have plenty left in the tank. Complete or compete, either way the riding is world class. http://en.morzine-avoriaz.com/main-summer-events.html 

Spartan Race, July 2nd Obstacles, endurance, fun and pain. The world renowned Spartan race comes to Morzine in 4 levels of difficulty. Will make the other events here seem like a serene plod. http://en.morzine-avoriaz.com/main-summer-events.html

Hauts Forts Trail Race, August 12th Pick your distance - 24km (1900m ascent) or 55km (4500m ascent), the race starts in Morzine and finishes in Avoriaz. A brilliantly organised race that takes you into and beyond the heart of the Portes du Soleil. http://en.morzine-avoriaz.com/main-summer-events.html

Traversée du Lac d'Annecy, August 15th5B7018831F874980BEFF4EDADF75BCC8 Dive into the warm Summer waters of Lake Annecy to take part in this annual event. There are 3 courses available over 1km, 1.4km and 5km. Bubbles, backdrop, bubbles, backdrop, bubbles backdrop. And what a backdrop. www.traverseedulacdannecy.fr

Evergreen Endurance Triathlon, September 9th and 10th If you manage all of the above then why not have a crack at this monster? Lac Montriond provides the water, then cycle to Chamonix and complete the race on gruelling trails. The shorter version includes a 2km swim, 95km ride, 22km run (overall ascent 3680m); the longer is a 4km swim, 190km ride and 42.1 km run (overall ascent 7850). www.evergreen-endurance.com

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