Video: Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action

Aug 27, 2015
by Trans Savoie  
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Trans-Savoie Day Four:
Route: Courcheval, Meribel, Villarlurin
Total distance: 56km
Total timed descent: 4,830m
Number of stages: 5

Full results here

Standings after Day Four:

1. Nico Lau - 3:19:27
2. François Bîlly-Maitre - 3:22:09
3. Jamie Nicoll - 3:24:10

1. Meggie Bichard - 4:16:10
2. Kerstin Kögler - 4:30:30
3. Monica Büchi - 4:35:02

It happens like this every year – the race feels like it has only just started and you wake up and find you’re more than halfway through the week. The fastest guys are now close to three and a half hours on the clock while the riders at the rear of the field have over seven hours of racing under their belts. Luckily the trails deliver the goods regardless of your pace, so whatever the speed, riders are all hitting some amazing terrain, the sun is shining and the race moves forward.

Video Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action

Jamie Nicoll is in third position after almost three and a half hours of brutal downhill.

Video Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action

Heading out from Bozel the riders got to stretch their legs on a climbing liaison up towards the lifts of the 3 Valleys - one of the biggest ski areas in the world.

Long before winter sports got started in the area, farmers, pilgrims and villagers built up a huge network of paths and trails and these are the treasures Trans-Savoie has hunted out over the years to use in the race.

Video Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action
Monica Büchi is sitting in third place in the women's race.

One of these hiker paths is the first stage of Day Four, and the hardest of the entire week. ‘Ornamental’ is a steep as hell technical puzzle with rocks so big it’s more of a case of carry your bike and clamber your way down it for most of the field. The best few riders take on almost the entire initial boulder field, but you need big cajones and some serious trials skills to not get ejected over the front if you’re going for it.

Video Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action
The chaos calms down once you get out of the rocky section and into fast, rooty loamy woods down towards Meribel. BMC racer Francois Billy-Maître showed the trail who’s boss with the fastest time yet for this stage in the Trans-Savoie.

Video Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action
29-er for the win - BMC racer François was the fastest on the hill today.

Stage 2 heads right up to the top of Courcheval and is a mixture of high Alpine singletrack with loose stones and rocks at first then a never-ending blue trail which is tough on the body with its hundreds of berms and features.

After lunch, the sunny day was at its hottest for one of the most pedalling stages of the week, which headed down into a beautiful valley out in the backcountry before climbing back out. The next traverse follows a stunning ridgeline that is pure classic French Alp scenery, and with 360-degree panoramic views and late afternoon sunlight there aren’t many better places you could be.

Video Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action

That is until you head into stage 5 and 6 and hit up the loamy forest and leaf-covered trails down towards Bride-Les-Bains that offer some of the most amazing riding in the region. For loads of people that work as guides in the area or are involved in organising the race, this forest is an absolute favourite. It simply offers the magic formula of amazing dirt and loam with a flow that’s hard to believe wasn’t made specifically for mountain biking – fast as hell with good lines, but relatively smooth and non-technical with the exception of a few tricky roots, tight turn, and rocks jutting out. Swooping black lines to infinity through rotted foliage will be imprinted on a lot of riders’ eyelids going to sleep tonight judging by the reactions at the end of the day.

Video Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action

Nico Lau shreds one of the best trails in the Alps (according to nearly all the racers at the end of Stage 5).

Video Trans-Savoie 2015 - Day Four Race Action

Another one from Stage 5 - "Loam Ranger". We spotted some prototype Fox goodies on Ariel Lindsley's bike too.

Tomorrow is over in the deep loamy, rooty forest in Beaufort, where the quieter area is home to some incredible, less well-known trails.

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  • 1 0
 Come to ride the trails from the race in Méribel Bikepark ( Stage 1: E4 Top Down (lower section), Stage 2: E4 Top Down (top section) and DH2 Bellevue, Stage 4: E7 les Crêtes.
Natural trails, long vertical drops (More than 2000m!), and not too busy!
  • 4 0
 Smashing it guys, big up the camp staff!!
  • 3 0
 that singletrack at 2'10" !! love
  • 1 0
 The last picture: looks like a Float X2 with a Leov-style climb switch on the LSC dial. I want that in my life. I want this whole article in my life.
  • 1 0
 Also, nice Photos Ronan!
  • 3 0
 That right there, is utterly filthy mountain biking porn
  • 2 0
 That sent me shivers down my spine
  • 2 0
 Those high up shots with the drone were great.
  • 1 0
 Not a bad bit of trail anywhere
  • 1 0
 That place looks just perfect...
  • 1 0
 Go Snowdog Go!
  • 2 5
 Worst song ever.

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