Looking for a new challenge? Grab your trunks and join us for this 'border-busting' swim between the bustling shores of Lausanne and the idyllic lakeside town of Evian-les-Bains. Just a short distance from Geneva, the Classic is hard to beat. It is the perfect swim for those looking for a slightly different weekend away and boasts stunning alpine scenery, the best wine region you've never heard of, world class heritage and above all, an unforgettable experience. This revival of the legendary open water World Cup crossing is a huge swim, traversing the whole of Lake Geneva from Switzerland to France. With limited spaces available now is your chance to secure your spot on the swim everyone has been waiting for.
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« Lausanne, Capitale olympique […] entre les vignes du Lavaux, classées au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, et les Alpes, le décor est idyllique pour vous accueillir à l’occasion de cette « Classique ». […] Admiratif de l’effort que vous allez déployer, je vous souhaite, au nom de la Municipalité de Lausanne, d’atteindre votre objectif et être fier de votre résultat, quel qu’il soit.
J’aimerais aussi d’ores et déjà remercier la LGSA pour leur travail et leur souhaiter plein succès à cette manifestation qui promeut la natation dans un environnement libre et naturel. »
Oscar Tosato - conseiller municipal en charge des Sports et de la cohésion sociale
What is the route?
The route starts at Lausanne, Switzerland and finishes on the South shore of the lake in Évain-les-Bains, France.
Will there be feed stations?
Yes. There will be boat-based feed stations along the swim route, approximate every 2.5km, with water, energy gels and jelly babies.
Can I swim in a wetsuit?
The Classic is open to both wetsuit and skins (non-wetsuit) participants. Please let us know your preference upon registering and your final swim results will be marked accordingly.
Can I wear a tow-float?
Each participant must wear a tow-float throughout the swim. This is a safety precaution to help visibility in the water, and not a life saving device.
How do I book?
Simply click on the button above “Enter Classic 2019” and follow the instructions. You will be prompted to create an account via which you can manage all of the necessary steps including submitting paperwork and making payments. A 90€ deposit is due upon booking and the balance due by the 1st of June in the year of the swim.
How do I prepare for my Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) Swim?
Swimmers generally build up their resistance for endurance swimming in swimming pools over the winter, whilst completing regular outdoor swims in order to remain acclimatised to the cold water. The open water training season generally begins in May and continues all throughout the swim season. You can ask swimmers in your local area about open water swimming clubs and ways to train with other swimmers.
Do not practice swimming alone.
If you are planning to participate in the Classic you must be prepared for the amount of time you will be in the water. Participants have taken anywhere between three and 7 hours to complete the Classic. The more cold water swimming you do the more likely your body is going to adapt to the conditions.
Remember that swimming in fresh water is not the same as salt water and you should be aware of these differences before you begin your training.
Is the water clean?
The water quality has been described as ‘excellent’ and the locals generally take great pride this status, with many public swimming zones along the shores of the lake.
Where should I stay?
Where swimmers stay is down to preference. Wherever you choose there is a ferry that travels between Lausanne and Évian, if you prefer not to drive around the lake. For general information on the area, below are some links.
Is there a cut off?
Yes. For safety reasons a cut off time will be enforced. Participants should have plenty of time to attempt their swim, nevertheless swimmers must be respectful and exit the water if instructed to do so by the event organisers and/or safety marshals.
What if the Classic is cancelled? Will we swim on another date?
The LGSA will make every reasonable attempt to stage the Classic on the published date. If this is not possible we will attempt to stage the Classic on the following day.
Can I bring my own supporting kayaker?
Yes, you can! The Classic is NOT a 1:1 swimmer and kayaker event, and therefore, our safety kayakers are not able to be dedicated to supporting individual swimmers during the swim with feeding and nutrition. Feed boats will be available at set intervals, and although kayakers will have some general nutritional supplies available, they will not be dedicated to individual swimmers. Therefore, if you would like to arrange your own kayaker to support you in the Classic swim with feed and nutrition support, then you are welcome to. However, your feeding kayaker will be ADDITIONAL to our safety team and will need to meet a number of minimum requirements. For more information please contact us directly and we will be happy to discuss in more detail.
Can I swim a different date/route?
Any bespoke swim enquiries are welcomed here at the LGSA. Please get in touch with our secretary email@example.com to discuss your ideas and we will do our best to make it happen. If you would like to register your interest for 2020 please follow the button below.
2018 Classic Results
Naoki Akahane (wetsuit)
Rhys Clements (wetsuit)
Steve Ringel (wetsuit)
Paul Rowett (wetsuit)
Matthew Van de Schootbrugge
Gabriella Gentilcore (wetsuit)
Limor Barak (wetsuit)
Björn Von Alfthan (wetsuit)
Marc Pettersson (wetsuit)
Julia Fabrega (wetsuit)
Mike Morris (wetsuit)
Caroline Howlett (wetsuit)
Joanna Vestey (wetsuit)
Lucia Myongwon Lee
2017 Inaugural Classic Results
Frazer Cairns (wetsuit)
Philippe Schenkel (wetsuit)
Alexandre Michaux* (wetsuit)
* repositioned mid-swim