Sat 15 Aug 2020

Embrunman France

Embrun, Hautes-alpes
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Despite the restrictions on the events taking place on French territory in the context of measures taken against the Covid-19, the Embrunman will celebrate its 37th edition August 15, 2020 in Embrun, Hautes-Alpes. It will be a special edition of the Embrunman since the number of participants will be limited to 900 competitors .

Reputed to be one of the most difficult triathlons in the world , the Embrunman offers a long distance “ ironman ” type format, consisting of 3,800 meters of swimming , followed by 185 kilometers by bicycle and a marathon ( 42 kilometers ) to finish. The significant elevation gain (approximately 5,000 meters) on the bike and running sections and the sumptuous landscapes are breathtaking and make the Embrunman a season or career goal for many top triathletes.

Last year, William Mennesson , the first Frenchman to win the legendary race since Hervé Faure in 2011, had completed the Embrunman in 9 hours, 48 minutes and 6 seconds, 14 minutes from the race record. Will you try to succeed him? See you on August 15 for an experience you will remember.


The Embrunman will start on the Embrun lake, at the edge of the Lac de Serre-Ponçon with the swimming test, at sunrise. Athletes will have to complete two 1.9 kilometer loops, with no Australian exit before transitioning to the cycling portion.

The 185-kilometer cycle route presents many difficulties. On leaving Embrun, the triathletes will head in the direction of Puy-Sanières before going up to Saint-Apollinaire and then going down again through Savines-le-Lac. The route will run along the south-eastern bank of Lac de Serre-Ponçon, going up towards Embrun, then venturing towards Saint-Clément-sur-Durance. The route will then start a loop passing through Guillestre then through the summits and summits to the Col d'Izoard and then continue north to Cervières and Briançon. The route will then descend south along the Durance to Saint-Clément-sur-Durance, then to Embrun where the athletes will have to make the last effort: the marathon.

The running section will be around and through Embrun, on a 13.9 km course with a significant drop. Athletes will need to complete three loops to reach the required 42 kilometers.

Refreshments will be available throughout the cycling and running events, and a meal and a beer will await athletes upon arrival.


  • Drink
  • Food
  • T shirt
  • Shower
  • Wardrobe
  • Massage
  • Assistance
  • parking
  • Medals
  • Photography


Friday August 14, 2020:

  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m .: Reception of athletes
  • 1.30 p.m. - 6 p.m .: Bikes drop off at the bike park
  • 2 p.m. - 6 p.m .: Athletes welcome

Saturday August 15, 2020:

  • 4h: Opening of the bicycle park
  • 5:45 am: Departure of the Women's Embrunman
  • 5:50 am - 6:00 am: Departure of the Men's Embrunman