Charlotte Morel, winner of the Triathlon EDF Alpe d'Huez (short) 2015, granted us a mini interview to evoke her current season and Alpe d'Huez. The France National Champion on Long Distance 2015 and 2016, member of the AS Monaco Triathlon, gets ready to face her first Ironman this season, pretty far from French Grand Prix and the Olympic distance, where she obtained so brilliant results in the past.
How is your season 2016 going?
At the moment, I participated only in three races (victories), the Deauville Triathlon (Half) and Montauban, support of the French Military championships (Charlotte is soldier at the 3rd RAM of Canjuers). As well, I just won the French Long Distance Championships to Baudreix (Triathlon of Soulor-Aubisque). But this winter has been a little bit long and enlivened because of an injury which forced me to adapt my calendar. I had decided to align myself with 70.3 of Aix-en-Provence then Ironman Nice. But I had to cancel them. As a result,. But the big objective of the season will be Embrunman. I know the region well, the route and the environment. If I come to Alpe d'Huez this year, it will be to prepare this race which fits perfectly to my profile.
Is it also for this reason that you perform so well on the Triathlon EDF Alpe d'Huez?
Yes. I always feel at ease when the road rises. It is my strengh. And I love the race anyway. I believe I've already participated five times. It is a special one and there’s an extra motivation racing there, as Cyrille (organizer) welcomes us very well. This makes you comfortable, and I think it clearly helps with the performance.
Why don't you try the Long Distance in Alpe d'Huez?
Actually, 2016 is my first real season on Long Distance. I dedicate myself to it completely from now on. But it is still not recent enough for me and I have never had the opportunity to participate in the format LD of Alpe d'Huez. I think that this triathlon is much harder than a standard half one. The half marathon must be particularly hard for organism with the altitude.
Could you give a tip to the participants?
On the Short Distance, I think that it is necessary to be careful at the approach of the ascent, on this long flat part, in order to not burn too much energy. Then, regarding the 21 bends, personnally I always manage the first two laces by remembering that this is long with many relaunchings and opportunities to make the difference.
Finally, how would you define the Triathlon EDF Alpe d'Huez with one word?