No lake, no triathlon. If the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon takes place every year since 2006, it is truly thanks to the technical and financial support of EDF. During the Long and Short Distance races, EDF "stops" the gigantic turbines of its hydroelectric power plant of Grand'Maison (the most powerful in France) so that the triathletes can have a tremendous time swimming in the Verney's Lake. This break in production arrives only once a year, and convert this swim in something exceptional. (Note: it is formally forbidden by order of the prefect to swim in the Verney's Lake except during the Triathlon because of the risk of drowning due to the hydroelectric operation).
Besides its leading role in the local economy due to its activity, EDF does not hesitate to support numerous local and sports initiatives contributing to the touristic and to the economic development of the territories where the electrician is implanted. In the case of the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon, we're talking about 3000 triathletes and their family that come to enjoy the region every year... a success completely associated to EDF.