Photo Report: Practice - Megavalanche 2019

Jul 12, 2019
by Kike Abelleira  



We are in Alpe d'Huez for the 2019 edition of the MegaAvalanche. A brutal mass start DH race of 22km and 2600m of descent, with the start line at the top of the Pic Blanc glacier, 3300m above sea level, and finish line in Allemont, in the French Alps. The Mega attracts riders from diverse nationalities, gathering around 2000 participants each year.

Weather has been good all week, with just some thunderstorms on Wednesday. Forecast for the weekend is nothing but sunny weather and temperatures ranging from 7 to 20C at the ski resort. For now, the snow at the top of Pic Blanc is a bit soft, hardening the ride on the few first km, although it is expected to find the white soil more hardpacked for the race on Sunday.

Last years winner Damien Oton is out of the race due to his severe crash a few weeks ago. Riders to watch are Jose Borges (second place last year), Remy Absalon (more than 10 times winner) and Kevin Miquel. In the women field, there is 2018 winner Axelle Murigneux, and the top EWS riders Ines Thoma and Rae Morrison.

The riders have been practicing both the qualification track and the race track for the last few days. Qualification rounds are this Friday, with finals being held on Saturday and Sunday.

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Alpe d'huez, known worldwide because of...


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Kiwi Rae Morrison signing up on her first Mega.


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MegaAvalanche Alpe d Huez

Another Kiwi, free-rider Conor Macfarlane, posing at his 5 stars room for the week, enjoying the van life.


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Mr. Mega, Remy Absalon, zipping another plate on. No one has won this race as many times as him.


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MegaAvalanche Alpe d Huez 2019

We've been experiencing some big lines for the gondolas this year.


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Remy Absalon and teammate Huge Pigeon on their way to the second station.


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Riders aligning to get in the second gondola.


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MegaAvalanche Alpe d Huez 2019

The doors to 3300m asl.


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MegaAvalanche Alpe d Huez 2019


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Droppin' in...

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Into the wide.


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Rae Morrison experiencing her first meters on the snow.


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MegaAvalanche Alpe d Huez 2019
The art of balancing.


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MegaAvalanche Alpe d Huez 2019
Safety position, not the fastest though...


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Camelbak employee, Colby Pastore, looking for redemption after he flatted last year on his qualification wave.

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Remy Absalon charges on one of the loose corners of the qualification track.


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No room to get distracted by the views in the qualification track.


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MegaAvalanche Alpe d Huez 2019
Jose Borges riding towards Alpe d'Huez on the qualification track.


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Conor Macfarlane riding close to the lake after passing next to the second gondola station at 2700m.


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Thomas Lapeyrie in style.


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No trace of rain is expected this weekend.


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MegaAvalanche Alpe d Huez 2019
French Alps layers.



MENTIONS: @kabelleira


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6 Comments

  • + 8
 Too much black and white.
  • + 4
 It's to balance out those colorful tags on the main page...
  • + 5
 "Remy Absalon and teammate Huge Pigeon on their way to the second station."

Tell me that isn't a joke...
  • + 6
 I‘m there right now, the black and white don’t do the scenery justice.
  • + 1
 How's the track this year?
  • + 1
 I hate to be that guys. But is not Rae’s first mega...

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