Video and Results: Mass Start Carnage at the Maxi Avalanche

Aug 3, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Organized by the same team as the Megavalanche races, the Maxi Avalanche Series kicked off in Alpe D'Huez last weekend with the cream of the crop of European enduro riders in attendance. It's the first big enduro race in Europe this summer and a chance for racers to put tires to dirt for the first time in nearly ten months.

Over 15 minutes of racing, riders had to battle against the pack from the top of the gondola down to the village. Check out the helmet cam footage of the full course above from the perspective Morgane Such, who finished sixth in the women's race (the women raced alongside the men's Challengers category), while the start of the men's race is below:


Results:


Men:

1. Damien Oton
2. Gustav Wildhaber
3. Hugo Pigeon
4. Dimitri Tordo
5. Florian Nicolai
Women:

1. Ines Thoma
2. Laura Charles
3. Melanie Pugin
4. Charles Estelle
5. Axelle Murigneux

Full results, here.


34 Comments

  • 16 3
 All aboard the Nope train... Next stop: F***thatville.
  • 7 1
 In USA we are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of woman's right to vote today. Morgane is voting with her pedals. Maybe a bit hot off the start, but this gal is giving 100% all the way down the mountain. RESPECT
  • 7 0
 No carnage there compared to the 'Normal Mega'. Maybe we will have the new normal mega in years to come....
  • 3 6
 In the Sahara ? Viva la climate change
  • 12 10
 So number of active cases in France has been rising again since June, with one of the worst death per million results in the world, and no one at this race is practicing any distancing or mask protocols suggested by the French health authorities. I guess we know why things didn't turn out well there.
  • 12 3
 The U.S. be like, have you seen the scoreboard?
  • 2 1
 I have been to Morzine recently, very few people were wearing a mask compared to Belgium.
  • 2 0
 Go watch the POV from @zemanelborges. An awesome display of horsepower and raw speed. He broke his chain in qualies, so he got pushed back to the fourth line. Still managed to climb an awful lot of places though
  • 2 0
 I couldn't translate a single word spoken, but I still feel like I understood about 85% of it.. does that make sense? Great run, Morgane!
  • 5 2
 Great POV video. All of the French lines!
  • 3 1
 imagine being able to stand on a podium, touching other racers, without a mask, at a race that has fans...
  • 2 0
 SO wanted Such to start throwing water bottles at rider in red jersey like Downhill Domination.
  • 1 0
 These races are so fun. Did the 'real' mega a few years ago- bucket list check mark!
  • 1 0
 That was so intense. Pure insanity. I'm cool watching the video on the couch.
  • 1 0
 def on my bucket list, if Europe will allow Amurikans back any time, lol
  • 4 7
 So number of active cases in France has been rising again since June, with one of the worst death per million results in the world, and none of the racers are practicing any distancing or mask protocols suggested by the French health authorities. I guess we know why things didn't turn out well there.
  • 1 0
 Sounds like someone needed a test ... so breathless
  • 1 1
 Why do these races always have the euro techno music at the start?
  • 8 0
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=82PkAEAozWs

I think it is a tradition. Also this song is a classic.
  • 1 1
 This is seriously considered an Enduro race. Lol.
  • 1 1
 Carnage!!!
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