Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass - Video

Jul 12, 2016
by Bluegrass Eagle  

PRATICE AND QUALIFICATION DAY
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The last light before qualification day.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Riders wait for the cableway to take them 3,330 meters to the race starting point.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Prepped for the top, ready to ride.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The line is long to Pic Blanc.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The gondola ride the the qualification point ends here, high in the French Alps.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
It’s a breathtaking ride.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Riders disembark from the gondola and head to the starting point.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Getting in a practice wheelie.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Riders of all ages participate in this deeply unique event.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The terrain is challenging, fun and unforgiving all at once.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Tea time at the summit.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Before the event there are smiles and photos to be taken.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
First line riders at the starting point of the race. Front and center in yellow and blue is Liam Moynihan, representing Bluegrass. Next to him in the orange helmet is eventual Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez winner Rémy Absalon.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
It’s a rainbow of competitors.


Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
They riders are off and racing.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The Megavalanche event has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, though we’re quite certain the riders are quite focus don what’s directly ahead of them.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The competition is fierce and parts of the course are quite packed.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Riders bomb down the glacier on qualifying day.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Liam Moynihan chasing Rémy Absalon Glacier, rock and dirt.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Thomas Lapeyrie in the lead for the qualifying run.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Keké Bron runs alongside another rider as they prepare to round a curve.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Glacial lakes are as blue as the sky.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Rounding a tight turn with a mountain range as a backdrop.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Portions of the course are quite narrow and rocky.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
A lone rider drops into a descending course turn.

FLAT TIRES AND CRASHES
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The Megavalanche course takes its toll on bikes and riders alike.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Tire repair kits are a necessity.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Injuries are an unfortunate reality of such a challenging event.

THE EXPO VILLAGE
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The Bluegrass Arch is the qualifier finish line, and also a beacon in the Expo Village.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The Expo Village is where fans and riders alike can relax and take in the sites.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Visitors get an up close and personal look at the 2017 range of Bluegrass gear.

TOP RIDERS PRESENTATION
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The first line riders for the qualifying run.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Bluegrass rider Liam Moynihan hangs out with his sister (left) and girlfriend.

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The Megavalanche organization crew have dinner the night before the race.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
A starry, moonlit night on the Alp D’huez.

RACE DAY
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Riders take their place in the gondolas on their way to the top for race day.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Prepped and ready. Insert coin.

THE GOLDEN HOUR
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The sun is rising, the mountain calls to the competitors.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Did we mention it gets quite cold?

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Pic Blanc, the top of the mountain.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Race day is here, the ride will come, but quiet time to enjoy the scenery is in order.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
It’s almost time.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The rider’s bikes are places at the starting point.

WARMING UP
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Marking the course.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
This way to the longest downhill race in the world.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
First line qualifier bikes.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Yes, stretching is probably a good idea.


READY TO RUMBLE

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Racers at the line, it’s almost time!

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
The course is pristine, but that won’t be the case for long.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Alarm, la bomba!

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
And they’re off!

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
At this moment the riders are all equal…

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Colors, bikes, slushy snow and rocky mountain madness.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Seriously, that’s a lot of folks.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Like, a whole lot.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Can you believe this is just the beginning?

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
As the race goes on, the mass of riders spreads out significantly.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
No more pristine snow. This is what it looks like when hundreds of riders attack a course.

AFTER THE FINISH LINE
Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Some members of Team Sunn, also sponsored by Bluegrass, enjoy some hangout time after the race.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Megavalanche isn’t just for youngsters. These surly vets are tough as nails and can hold their own on the mountainous downhill course.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
It’s a rough and tumble, dirty race. Gotta clean those bikes once they’ve done their duty.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Rémy Absalon has a lot to smile about after the race.

Megavalanche 2016 powered by Bluegrass
Finally, the Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez top 5 in order - Rémy Absalon, Damien Oton, François Bailly Maitre, Gusti Wildhaber and Cédric Ravanel.


MENTIONS: @Bluegrassboard




8 Comments

  • + 13
 Kudos to the woman rocking that Whyte hardtail! Hero!
  • + 2
 Kudos to not winning a WC!
  • + 2
 I rode with her and her husband the mega. she is 63 and her husband 70 years old both on an hardtail. There are awesome and so hardcore! i hope that i still ride like them on that age! They have my deepest respect! It was an honour to ride and finish together with both of them.
  • + 1
 @elise84: That's some achievement!
  • + 3
 15 days left and i'll be there !!!!!!!!!!! Smile
And even when no racing it's a great trail !!
  • + 1
 i just came back! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Absalon again? La madonna! Smile
  • + 1
 Great report' Wink

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