The Megavalanche. The Mega, is Mega. It’s got 2500m of descending, which starts off on the glacier at Pic Blanc, high above Alpe d’Huez (3330m). Nothing could’ve prepared me for how steep that glacier actually is, riders were using the third and fourth brakes (right foot and left foot) just to try and regain some control. The riders who decided to stick to the conventional two brakes either made a lucky escape or slid into the snow wall at the bottom of the first pitch. If you survive the glacier, you must then tackle the rest of the trail, which features flowy singletrack, tight switchbacks, wide open ski pistes, fire roads and anything else you could possibly think of. This is one for the bucket list.
This year marks the 22nd year of the Mega, to think the race still turns the stomachs of the competitors, imagine racing it on 22-year-old bike technology. This year we have a few greats of the sport partaking, including Matti Lehikoinen, Remy Absalon, Cedric Gracia, the list continues.