I had a great time shooting the tough, nearly all uphill Gemmi triathlon in the Swiss Valais this past weekend.
The course started at Lac de Géronde in the town of Sierre, and then bikers went uphill to the spa town of Loeche-Les-Bains (in German Leukerbad), and then runners gained 1km of height in the 4km of distance on the run (that is steep!!) up to the beautiful Gemmi Pass from Leukerbad. In other words, apart from the swimming, the rest of the triathlon is uphill. It has a small town feel, but attracts some amazing quality athletes due to the naturally tough nature of the event.
The photos in the Flickr set include some “atmosphere shots” as well as some shots of the top men and lots of the women athletes.
I would not have known of the event if not for my multi-sport friend Lyndsay Meyer who also participated in the triathlon. There were some top Swiss world-class triathletes in the event, even though it is only small ! The Gemmi is run yearly in early September and for the moment you can still sign up within just a few days of the event.