The ClassiC

Re-establishing what was once called the 'World Cup' route - and we love this one - the Classic is a beautiful 13 km swim (an approximate 'baker's dozen') across the lake between Lausanne and Évian-les-Bains. It crosses the international border between Switzerland and France and is a great test for those wanting to get a real taste of open water marathon swimming.

Book your place below!

 
logo-ville-evian.jpg
 


FAQs

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 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.

General Transport

Ferries

Trains

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.


Can I swim a different date/route?

Any bespoke swim enquiries are welcomed here at the LGSA. Please get in touch with our secretary secretary@lakegenevaswimmingassociation.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

Swimmer

Kirsten Cameron

Lucy Roper

Mark Spratt

Naoki Akahane (wetsuit)

Javier López

Rhys Clements (wetsuit)

Steve Ringel (wetsuit)

Jacobo Quintanilla

Rebecca Halsey

Simon Hurd

Belinda Esdaile

Paul Rowett (wetsuit)

Natalia Chuich

Matthew Van de Schootbrugge

Alice Helps

Adam Williams

Gabriella Gentilcore (wetsuit)

Limor Barak (wetsuit)

Juliana Padilla

Björn Von Alfthan (wetsuit)

Marc Pettersson (wetsuit)

Julia Fabrega (wetsuit)

James Mackay

Nigel Goldsworthy

Mike Morris (wetsuit)

Holger Kurth

John Osborne

Caroline Howlett (wetsuit)

Joanna Vestey (wetsuit)

Lucia Myongwon Lee

Jaimie Monahan

Swimmer Number

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

Start Time

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:33

11:37

11:37

11:37

11:37

11:37

11:37

11:37

11:37

11:37

11:39

11:39

11:39

11:39

11:39

11:39

11:39

11:39

11:39

11:39

11:39

Finish Time

14:44

16:13

16:12

DNF

15:54

15:49

16:11

17:00

17:09

16:32

17:11

15:42

16:10

16:37

17:18

18:41

16:44

16:48

16:41

16:38

16:56

16:42

16:51

15:50

17:56

17:28

DNF

17:00

18:50

17:28

16:29

Swim Time

3h 11

4h 40

4h 39

-

4h 21

4h 16

4h 38

5h 27

5h 36

4h 59

5h 38

4h 05

4h 33

5h

5h 41

7h 04

5h 07

5h 11

5h 04

5h 01

5h 17

5h 03

5h 12

4h 11

6h 17

5h 49

-

5h 21

7h 11

5h 49

4h 50


2017 Inaugural Classic Results

Swimmer

Joe Patch

Martyn Webster

Frazer Cairns (wetsuit)

James Karn

Rachel Doyle

David Josephs

Valentina Zanotto

Nuala Muir-Cochrane

Clarissa Bruce

Mark Sheridan

Philippe Schenkel (wetsuit)

Clarissa Vorfeld

Tiina Likke

Peter Rice

Alexandre Michaux* (wetsuit)

Pauline Barker

Swimmer Number

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Start Time

10:04

10:04

10:04

10:04

10:04

10:02

10:02

10:02

10:02

10:02

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

Finish Time

14:21

13:54

14:38

14:01

14:20

15:04

14:02

13:57

16:13

14:53

14:41

16:18

15:26

16:09

14:34

16:37

Swim Time

4h 17

3h 50

4h 34

3h 57

4h 16

5h 02

4h

3h 55

6h 11

4h 51

4h 41

6h 18

5h 26

6h 09

4h 34

6h 37


* repositioned mid-swim