The local Challenge - chamonix
A critical issue is the fluctuation in temperature, as this affects the local flora, fauna and ecosystems as a whole. The Alps have warmed by 1.5 °C in the last centry and all of Chamonix's 5 large glaciers have receded significantly. Glacier recession has led to an upward migration of alpine plants at a rate of 0.5 - 4 meters per decade. The Mer de Glace moves forward 90meters per year, or 1cm per hour and it recedes on average 7.5 vertical meters every year.
Chamonix - Mont Blanc, normally assosiated with fresh air and clean living, like many other alpine environments is under threat. Over recent years, as with many beautiful parts of our world pollution has become a worryng issue. Urbanisation and escalating traffic levels has resulted in ever climbing Nitrogen Dioxide, Particulate Matter and PAH levels, damaging ecosystems and reducing air quality with potential heath risks.
As triathletes we are respectful of our bodies and appreciate a wholesome lifestyle, from diet through to discipline. Triathletes are committed, caring sportsmen and women. We all want to continue to swim in clear, clean water and enjoy the fresh air as we cycle and run, so.........
Hammer the Race, Leave no Trace!