Video: Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Two Race Action

Aug 24, 2015
by Trans Savoie  
Trans Savoie Day Two:

Route: Les Arcs, Montchavin Les Coches, La Plagne.
Total distance: 49km
Total timed descent: 5,450m(!!)
Number of stages: 6

Day one's recap video:
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Overall standings after Day Two:

Men:
1st. Nico Lau
2nd. François Billy Maitre
3rd. Jamie Nicoll

Women:
1st. Meggie Bichard
2nd. Kerstin Kögler
3rd. Lisa Curry

Full results here.

Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Two Race Action

Double-check the statistics for Day Two - it's not a mistake, there was almost 5,500m of timed descending on the clock. The threatening weather couldn’t make up its mind today, so most of the stages were pretty wet, even if you got lucky enough that it wasn’t actually raining during each of your runs. But in the end, no one could escape the downpour as the day's racing came to a slippery, muddy conclusion.

Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Two Race Action

Les Arcs is served by a fast funicular (mountain tramway) that rises almost 1,000m from the valley floor at Bourg St Maurice up to the ski resort at Les Arcs 1600. It takes only ten minutes and then another chair lift to get some serious height, so Trans-Savoie Day Two started with a super-technical, hand and forearm-mangling 1,400m timed descent. "Double Shredder" was already given a technical rating of 6, and the wet weather just took it to the next level. Halfway down, riders got some encouragement from Monkey Man and his horn if they were flagging.

Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Two Race Action

The whole of Day Two's area is home turf for Trail Addiction, the holiday and guiding business that spawned the race, and Trans-Savoie benefits from nearly 15 years of knowledge of all the best trails and routes nearby.

Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Two Race Action

Making the most of the lifts to maximise downhill time, the morning rounded off with another ride up the funicular before traversing over to Vallandry for the T-S remixed version of the classic greasy, knobbly black graded "Elle Chablatte".

Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Two Race Action

Lunch in Vallandry refuelled riders and briefly relieved any arm pump before heading back up to the relentlessly steep, twisting, brake melting "Axe Wound" trail. Hand cut and finished in places by a local resident who clearly has a past life as a master trail builder, it’s been shaped to encourage bikers away from the hikers in the valley. This ex-trials rider has crafted a gem of a trail with 850m-drop along some of the steepest, rootiest lines in the region...some riders found it pretty hardcore in the damp, slippery conditions, some just ducked trees and got on with it.

Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Two Race Action

The next two stages were over on the La Plagne side of the hill, accessed by the huge Vanoise Express cable car that hangs high on a wire 1km high across the valley from Vallandry. The lift is a result of all the cash that skiing in the winter brings to the region, and has opened up an easier to access network of trails in the La Plagne side in recent years.

These include the 550m "Champion's Method", slippery today but usually delivers prime time forest shredding and loam, and "Gold Rush" named after a great guy and competitor from Year One we like to remember called Brian Goldsworthy, who sadly is no longer with us.

Once down at Landry, over 4,000m of descending on rock, root, loam, gravel, berms, drops, jumps and every other kind of terrain has been ticked off and the most sensible people might have called it a day. Trans-Savoie pushed another button though, and the competitors took a final lift up the mountain to end the day on another black graded trail from Les Arcs. This former footpath has been added to the bike park map, and although it's now an official graded and maintained trail, it's still a very natural feeling track that added another final 850m of descent to the day.

Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Two Race Action

More bikes and bodies are showing signs of wear and tear, but epic tales, memories and stories are building friendships across competitors from 22 countries.

See you tomorrow when the weather forecast looks better.

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23 Comments

  • 17 0
 France >> people who know what to do with their mountains.
  • 2 0
 Unless you are a French hiker that is... Tales of irate hikers causing real problems on race stages on Day 2 filtering through!!
  • 3 0
 RIP Messiah (Brian Goldsworthy)! So cool they have 'Gold Rush' in your honour buddy.

Excellent write up & pics as always PB, those trails look amazing!
  • 4 1
 that dude in the second to last photo has a look of "oh CRAP i barley made it under that branch!"
  • 4 1
 he made barley? So he's like a farmer or something?
  • 4 0
 RIP Brian Goldsworthy. We'll never forget about you mate!
  • 2 0
 Hey John, I was just watching the 2013 TS compilation vid that Brian appears on. Was good to see his smiling face again. RIP 'messiah'.
  • 1 0
 Uuum.... 4th photo down after monkey man. The steep rock garden has a trail??? Where? There's no trail there in the photo. Just a guy crashing and another guy about to collide with him. That's some seriously techy stuff.
  • 3 0
 3rd photo down looks like me after a six pack of Guiness stout.
  • 1 0
 Anyone who has entered either this or the TP, I guess they sell out pretty quick... does anyone know when the entries for 2016 races are likely to be released?
  • 2 0
 It does sell out quickly, and a lot of the current and previous riders are either asked back or will be in with a better chance of getting a return spot so it's doubly tough to get in. I would just keep an eye on their FB and web pages for more details and then keep your fingers crossed.
  • 1 0
 Aim for the TP - its the better of the two, then head to les arcs for a holiday.
  • 1 0
 Someone's nit ridden the TS then... and probably not the TP either
  • 1 0
 I've ridden the TS area and I'm aware of what the organiser of the TS is like. TP is on my radar, TS is not. and of course you're going to say that when you're such a big fan of TA
  • 1 0
 Until you've ridden both, you're opinion isn't worth much (regardless of who organises either).

Plus there are crap trails in the Savoie region just like there are crap trails down south in Provence.
Both have some frickin amazing trails... I have my favourites but I'm not ramming them down anyone's throat.

I'd far prefer to show them to people and them let them decide....

Either way, like you say you've not done either, so it's pretty odd that you can recommend one before the other.
  • 2 0
 Classic Nash @ 2:45. Casual and FAST. Get it buddy!
  • 1 0
 ...and he builds a pretty decent trail too Smile
  • 2 0
 He just crashed his carbon yeti....
  • 1 0
 It happens all the time dude... These bikes aren't as delicate as you think.
  • 2 0
 Does anyone know the song? It's dope!
  • 1 0
 Dope shit Lisa Curry!!! Nice podium!
  • 1 0
 Gusti Wildhaber´s not swedish. He´s from switzerland SUI not SWE....
  • 1 0
 Nice one Rene

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