Today marked the first day of racing at the Megavalanche, four categories were set off, first the e-bike, then Women, Mega Challenger and finally Mega Affinity 1. The first riders caught the lift at 6:00, and set off at 9:00, a cold and early start.
The snow was pretty soft, once riders got their speed up they could float along and then ride okay on it, but for riders who didn’t get moving or were blocked, it turned into a walk/push through the snow. The girls set off second, just after the e-bikes, which meant the snow had already been broken and was pretty slushy. Isabeau Courdurier took the win, with a 53-minute 22-second run. Fastest qualifier, Claire Hassenfratz, crashed badly on the glacier and had to pull out of the race.
One positive from getting up so early the views are incredible.
Bikes piled on top of bikes.