Triathlon de la Madeleine 2023

In Brief

Take part in the unique XL Triathlon de la Madeleine! This triathlon is not just any is known for its difficulty; this triathlon has the most altitude meters in the whole of France and in 2022 it will have an XL edition! This triathlon also has a super fun free side event for the kids!


- Get used to the heights in our top half board accommodation
- Free children's triathlon
- Unique environment with the climbs of the Col de Madeleine, Col du Chaussy, Les Lacets de Montvernier
- Accommodation within walking distance of the finish line
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Aug. 16, 2023 / Aug. 20, 2023
No participation in the triathlon / Triathlon
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€699,00 - €999,00

5 days
350 km
Incl. lodging

Additional options

Early check-in

Do you want to start your cycling vacation well rested? That's possible; make use of our early check-in and arrive a day earlier.



Sports massage

Take care of your body during a Cycle Travel cycling vacation and take advantage of our professional masseurs.



Bikewash service by Dynamic

Every day after cycling, let your bike be pampered. Make use of our bikewash service!



Laundry service bicycle clothing

After cycling, leave your clothes in the provided laundry bag. Our staff on location will make sure your clothes are clean and dry for use the next day.



Medical examination required

A medical examination is required for the trip! Make an appointment at Ancora Health. They have a Health studio in both Eindhoven and Amsterdam. For this trip a minimum of a sports medical report is required. Our advice is to go for at least "Basic Plus" but we always advise to go for an extensive sports medical examination (USMO). Ancora is affiliated with SMI Federation and SCAS certified. This means that you can get money back from most Dutch health insurers for the Ancora packages. An average reimbursement is easily € 150, -. On the site of Ancora you can calculate your own reimbursement.


Take part in the unique Triathlon de la Madeleine, version XL!
This event is organized on and around Saint Francois de Longchamp. The event has been around since 2015 and will have its 9th edition on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023.This triathlon is not just any is known for its heaviness; in fact, this triathlon has the most altimeters in all of France and is coming in 2023 with its second tough XL edition! Take part under the guidance of triathlete and (former) participant Claudia Striekwold!

After swimming in the water in the lake of Saint-Rémy-de-Maurienne, the routes of cycling with huge elevation changes go into the following distances. Check out this video that gives a good impression of the event:


- 1600m of swimming in the lake of Saint-Rémy-de-Maurienne
- 111km cycling (3800hm) from Saint-Rémy-de-Maurienne et Saint François Longchamp, to the Lacets de Montvernier, le Col du Mollard, le Col de la Croix de Fer, le Col du Glandon and the last climb via Montgellafrey!
- 13km run (450m) 3 laps


The running part takes place in the middle of the village of Saint-Francois-de-Longchamp. Here, family, friends and supporters can cheer on quite favorites.

On a half board basis during stay and adapted food for the competition.

Stay in luxury apartment or chalet at Parc Madeleine in Saint Francois de Longchamps. With the personal guidance of triathlete and former participant Claudia Striekwold, this will be a week to remember!

Optional are daily bike-wash or sports massage
Private parking in garage

Climb all the possibilities of the Col de Madeleine, discover the gems in the area such as several balcony climbs and enter the world's largest cycling area in the French Alps in the run-up to this event.

Because this event is also run at altitude, the stay in Parc Madeleine is an absolute must. Make sure you start the event well rested and make good use of the sleep at altitude so you will get used to the event as soon as possible (usually after 4 days), just in time for a great performance in this unique triathlon!

For the kids: on Friday evening there will be a special mini kids triathlon. To encourage the youth, this is completely FREE to register!
Everything takes place in the center of Saint-Francois-de-Longchamp and is therefore within walking distance of our accommodation.

No license is required to participate in this free triathlon for children, no medical certificate is required, though parental consent is required of course. Registration can be done on site on Friday, 18-08 between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.


Program from Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Aug. 20, 2023

Day 1 - Wednesday, Aug. 16
Arrival and introductory drive in the afternoon (if you arrive earlier)
Evening: dinner and briefing for the next few days.

Day 2 - Thursday, August 17
Breakfast in the morning and then together with Claudia we choose the program for exploration of the different courses.
Evening: dinner and lecture on sports nutrition use with triathlons.

Day 3 - Friday, Aug. 18

Breakfast in the morning. Program a day before the race is completely custom, do you want to rest or another sport? Would you like a use of a light massage? Let Claudia know and go for your most optimal preparation for Saturday's race!
Drop off bikes for bike parking.
At 5:30pm you can watch the mini kids triathlon in the village (walking distance)
Evening: dinner and planning for race day

Day 4 - Saturday, August 19
Breakfast, earlier time due to the race
Departure to the start by car.
RACEDAY: Triathlon de la Madeleine!
Evening: dinner with nice ending to the week

Day 5 - Sunday, Aug. 20
After breakfast, we say goodbye to each other and start our journey home!

What is included?
- The most fun accompaniment to go on vacation with!
- Participation with like-minded people in a great triathlon event!
- Half board accommodation in a 4-star apartment or chalet with spacious comfort rooms based on 2 people or single room option (lunch on the routes).
- Use of our team car during the event
- Follow car or tour guide during the tours.
- Recovery food; after each ride we provide a good recovery drink
- Locked storage for the bikes.
- Bike workshop.
- Towels.
- Bed linen.
- Reservation fee.
- Final cleaning.
- Free goody bag offered by Cycle Travel.

What is not included?
- Registration for the triathlon de la Madeleine (see
- Transportation to accommodation.
- Tourist tax €2.55 p.p.p.n. to be paid locally.
- Travel and cancellation insurance.
- Road bike rental (price on request).
- Medical examination; request through Ancora Health and possibly get reimbursed through your insurance.
- Drinks & snacks during lunches and dinners.

Additional services to book;
- Sports massage from €59.95; schedule a well-deserved sports massage during the week. Recover better from your efforts.
- Sports nutrition package; a package tailored to your daily consumption including recovery. More info to follow.
- Bike clothing laundry service; after cycling, hang your clothes in matching laundry bag at the reception. We make sure your laundry comes back quickly and nice and clean the next morning at breakfast.
- Single room surcharge; if you choose for a single room there is a total surcharge of €200,-.

Watch the after video of the 2022 edition here:

Location: Saint-François-Longchamp, Parc Madeleine (France)

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Guarantee Fund

Explanation sports level


1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km

Road bike:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km

Level 1: Starter-Beginner;
You are just starting out in this sport, have no experience nor background as an athlete

Level 2: Beginner-Medium;
You are just starting with this sport, however you already have experience with other sports so you start with a good basic condition. You cycle 1 or 2 times a week.

Level 3: Average;
You are a sporty person, don't shy away from a challenge, exercise at least 2 to 4 per week, you can also already make some altitude gains and ride at higher averages.

Level 4: Advanced;
You are a trained athlete, you are looking for a challenge in sports, you are active at least 3 to 5 times a week, altitude meters and a higher average are not a problem

Level 5: Advanced/Performance oriented;
You train towards goals, challenges and also leave something for it you do not mind, you are driven and several times longer sport per week are no exception, you are performance oriented

Level 6: Advanced Plus;
As a highly trained person, you want to really test yourself to your limits, you seek challenges and are also willing to live for them, exercising is a part of your daily life.

Explanation luxury level

Level 0-1.5: Tour without overnight stay.

Level 2-2.5: Cycle Travel provides an overnight stay in a 2-star accommodation.

Level 3-3.5: Tour with overnight stays in the better bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel, hostel accommodations. Overnight stays on a half-board basis are a 3.5 rating.

Level 4-4.5: Cycle Travel provides a 4-star accommodation or boutique bed & breakfast. Optional full board booking (upgrade to level 4,5 appreciation).

Level 5-5.5: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 4-star or 5-star accommodation or boutique hotel. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 5.5.

Level 6: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 5-star accommodation, boutique hotel or luxury pop-up location. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 6+ level if required.

Explanation guidance level

Our team of passionate guides is always there for you. For any type of trip, event or clinic, Cycle Travel will provide the right accompaniment. We have an excellent network of professionals.

With the ranking from 1 to 6, we indicate to what extent the guidance is provided on a trip. Interested in an upgrade? Please let us know! Then we will gladly look for a suitable solution.

Level 0-1: a self-guided tour without guidance. Cycle Travel provides the routes on GPX.

Level 2-2.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has a goody bag or contact person at the locations visited that you will receive as a traveler.

Level 3-3.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has accommodation on the basis of a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast. There is someone on site who is familiar with our clients and is personally available for you (level 3,5)

Level 4-4.5: a guided tour including routes on GPX and tour guide on the bike or in a follow car.Cycle Travel has accommodation based on a 4-star hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast. During a guided tour it is optionally possible to book a mechanic and masseur. (The valuation then amounts to 4.5)

Level 5-5.5: A fully catered vacation with a complete support team consisting of tour guide, mechanic and masseur. A follow car is provided including care on the road during the rides. Accommodation will be in luxury chalets, hotels or boutique bed & breakfasts.

Level 6: The ultimate luxury cycling vacation with top locations and carefully selected accommodations. Only the very best counts for us and you as our client! Get carried away on a next level cycling vacation.

Explanation gravity level

We roughly determine the heaviness of a trip based on a variety of circumstances. Severity can be determined by distances or by the altitude meters in distances. In addition, you experience a ride on a gravel or mountain bike already 'heavier' than a road bike ride.

Per category this is approximately what you can think of. Always discuss with us alternatives or modified routes which also influence the heaviness.

Road Bikes - Race bikesDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 170 km700-1100
Level 280 km1100-1500
Level 3100 km1500-2200
Level 4120 km2200-2800
Level 5150 km2800-3800
Hors Category175+ km3800-5500
Mountain Bike - MTBDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500
GravelDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500

Location: Saint-François-Longchamp, Parc Madeleine (France)