To end the week of Crankworx Les 2 Alpes’ mountain bike action, the infamous GT Mountain Of Hell, fueled by Kali, took place. The biggest names in enduro and downhill racing joined a field of 700 hardcore riders in a snowy mass start on the glacier at 3,400m. The entire course at Les 2 Alpes descends 20 kilometres and has a vertical drop of 2,600m, finishing in the tiny village of Venosc.
The fastest man was France’s Jerome Clementz, making the entire journey in just 32:49.815, with second place rider Rene Wildhaber of Switzerland just behind at 33:01.114. Damien Oton of France came in third with a time of 33:14.974.
In the women’s field the French were the fastest with Anne-Caro Chausson in first, Morgane Such in second and Isabeau Courdurier in third.
An upset for the race was Nicholas Vouilloz who had a good start on the glacier, clocking 99km/h on his bike’s GPS, before a crash took him out of the running for the podium. The race, organized by the Choucas Bikers, is in its 13th year, and has been a mainstay in the Les 2 Alpes’ calendar of events. The GT Mountain Of Hell, fueled by Kali, is a departure from the typical line-up of Crankworx events, but was an epic way to end a week of incredible mountain bike action at the inaugural Crankworx Les 2 Alpes.
Another distinction awarded on the last day was the crowning of the King Of Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. Bernard Kerr of the UK took home the crown for his solid performances during the week.
| The GT Mountain of Hell fueled by Kali is a Mega style race with a mass start at the top of the Glacier at an elevation of 3400m|
| 700 riders in this race, this is the first turn on the snow.. |
| ...and the first mass crash!|
| The first uphill, riders jammed up trying to pass each other! |
| The finish area in the village of Venosc. After dropping 2600 meters over 20km of track, racers arrive here.|
| Today's fastest: Jerome Clementz and Anne Caroline Chausson. Congratulations!|
| Men's winner, Jerome Clementz, smiling on his way back to the podium.|