Ingolstadt – Audi factory driver Benoit Treluyer has opened a sports chalet in the French ski resort Les Deux Alpes south-east of Grenoble where he doesn't only keep himself physically fit for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) – guests are welcome too.
"Everything's got to go – this is how the 2012 World Endurance Champion describes his stipulation for the conversion of the chalet. The Audi driver bought the house last year and had it gutted completely. Together with his wife Melanie he subsequently drove the plans for a combined residential and sports facility forward.
"I had the idea because I was looking for such a facility for a long time myself," says the Frenchman. "The environment was to be functional as well as exuding warmth. It was to be comfortable, but without luxury."
In addition to two 120-square meter apartments, the chalet has a large gym. The 50-square meter fitness center features equipment for a wide variety of workouts, such as exercise bikes, indoor rowing, weight lifting or TRX sling training, balancing and other training kit. Plus, in the area surrounding Les Deux Alpes winter sports are a perfect way to complement workouts in the gym, as ski slopes and high mountains for snowshoe hiking are almost on the chalet's doorstep.
"My chalet is not just meant for race drivers. Other professional athletes can lodge and train here as well. I've already received numerous inquiries from cyclists and tennis players," says the three-time Le Mans winner. The first guests the Frenchman welcomed in the residential and sports facility were his Audi teammates Loic Duval, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer, who spent a week of doing sports there with him in January.