The MEGAVALANCHE is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest mass-start Enduro/Downhill races. Departing from Le Pic Blanc (3300 m) above Alpe d’Huez and finishing at Allemont (720 m), you’ll ride a whopping 2500 m of vertical drop from snow and ice down to dusty singletrack.
Journalist Susan Greenwood called the Megavalanche “the craziest mountain bike race in the world”. She could be right, each year the legendary enduro race sees 2000 riders from 20 different countries engage in a mass-start frenzy, battling for position down super steep snow, and scree. Taking part in the Alpe d’Huez Megavalanche is on any self-respecting mountain biker’s wish list and with crashes commonplace, many a past competitor will carry the scars with pride.
This event, the longest downhill race in the world, is the enduro race by which all others are judged: 4 days of training and racing, a total of over 4000 downhill metres of riding, and week-long entertainment in the mountain resort of Alpe d’Huez.
An impressive victory for Frenchman Rémy Absalon ultimately taking the win more than 30 seconds ahead of Damien Oton, who was over the moon just to make it down the entire track. Remy’s time of 43 minutes and 19 seconds was 3 minutes off the pace of his win last year. This was no reflection on the quality of the riding. Rather, warm sun created sketchy slushy conditions lower down the glacier, causing riders to snake through a section they flew through last year. Camille Servant was in the lead for a large portion of the race, but he lost time in the woods. Even so, he climbs the rankings this year to a very respectable 7th. And, good to see Nukeproof rider Matti Lehikoinen up there with the best. A good result from team SCOTT France who yet again have 2 riders in the top 3. Begs the question, is the Scott Genius the ultimate Enduro machine?
Sign-up for the Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez on the engage-sports.com website. Registration is restricted to 2000 participants max.
Cost is 60 euros + lift pass (50 euros for 6 days) + insurance (19.80 euros for 6 days).
Registration closes at midnight on the 09 July 2017, or when the event is full.
Wednesday 05 July Sign in, grab your lift pass and recce the track, then hit the opening party that night
Thursday 06 July Sign in, grab your lift pass and recce the track
Friday 07 July Megavalanche positioning races – Race from Dôme des Rousses (2810 m) to Huez (1500m), then hit the opening party that night
Saturday 08 July Mega Ladies, Mega Challenger & Mega Affinity 1
Sunday 09 July MEGAVALANCHE, Mega Amateurs & Mega Affinity 2
Find more detailed program information on the UCC MEGAVALANCHE website