Posted: 11/09/2013 at 21:08
I found the Vitruvian dull as dishwater. Armed Forces champs, which packed the field with grim-faced and self-absorbed warriors who's training is helpfully funded by the generous tax payer. The bike route is lush, but the swim is a wrestle in sewage, the run's tedious and the goody-bag gilets look nice but fall to pieces.
Eirias in north Wales has a fun sea swim, a long, interesting bike route, but another uninspiring run. SA will tell you that they make the Powerade too strong as well.
Alpe d'Huez is jaw-droppingly brilliant, Gladys. Can't speak highly enough of the organisation, athlete care, route, scenery, atmosphere and challenge. It's also in the summer hols and, as I found out for myself, the locality makes for a brilliant summer holiday. I might do it again next year myself, so maybe let me know if you're in.