Today saw the women race down from Pic Blanc (3300m) descending 2500m to the valley floor, which took just over 50 minutes of racing. Within that 50 minutes, there are a whole host of things that can go wrong. Some described the race more as an obstacle course.
Riders had to head up to the top of the mountain early this morning, around 6 am. It was fresh up on top, so everyone had to do their best to stay warm, a bag drop is offered by the organisers so riders can take some extra warm clothing without having to ride down with it. The glacier had been pisted ready for racing, and first thing this morning it was sheet ice. The start was delayed by about half an hour to allow the sun to start to soften the snow.
With race runs taking over 50 minutes, there is a lot of possibilities for things to go wrong. Fastest qualifier Cecile Ravanel landed herself two punctures during the race, which knocked her out of contention. Pauline Dieffenthaler took the win here today and amazingly, she took her first Megavalanche win 9 years ago.
1st: Pauline Dieffenthaler
2nd: Bex Baraona
3rd: Estelle Charles
4th: Emily Slaco
5th: Birgit Braumann
Tomorrow the Men will take to the course for finals. Stay tuned for our final update then.