Crankworx Les 2 Alpes 2012 - Mountain of Hell

Jul 15, 2012 at 7:57
by Ian Hylands  

To end the week of Crankworx Les 2 Alpes’ mountain bike action, the infamous GT Mountain Of Hell, fueled by Kali, took place. The biggest names in enduro and downhill racing joined a field of 700 hardcore riders in a snowy mass start on the glacier at 3,400m. The entire course at Les 2 Alpes descends 20 kilometres and has a vertical drop of 2,600m, finishing in the tiny village of Venosc.

The fastest man was France’s Jerome Clementz, making the entire journey in just 32:49.815, with second place rider Rene Wildhaber of Switzerland just behind at 33:01.114. Damien Oton of France came in third with a time of 33:14.974.

In the women’s field the French were the fastest with Anne-Caro Chausson in first, Morgane Such in second and Isabeau Courdurier in third.

An upset for the race was Nicholas Vouilloz who had a good start on the glacier, clocking 99km/h on his bike’s GPS, before a crash took him out of the running for the podium. The race, organized by the Choucas Bikers, is in its 13th year, and has been a mainstay in the Les 2 Alpes’ calendar of events. The GT Mountain Of Hell, fueled by Kali, is a departure from the typical line-up of Crankworx events, but was an epic way to end a week of incredible mountain bike action at the inaugural Crankworx Les 2 Alpes.

Another distinction awarded on the last day was the crowning of the King Of Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. Bernard Kerr of the UK took home the crown for his solid performances during the week.

mass strat from the glacier 3600 meters high
  The GT Mountain of Hell fueled by Kali is a Mega style race with a mass start at the top of the Glacier at an elevation of 3400m

first turn on the snow..
  700 riders in this race, this is the first turn on the snow..

first turn on the snow..
and first mass crash
  ...and the first mass crash!

the first uphill.. riders jam
  The first uphill, riders jammed up trying to pass each other!

the finish area.. more than 3000 meters down
  The finish area in the village of Venosc. After dropping 2600 meters over 20km of track, racers arrive here.

today s fastest Jerome Clementz and Anne Caroline Chausson. congratulations.
  Today's fastest: Jerome Clementz and Anne Caroline Chausson. Congratulations!

today s winner jerome clementz smiling on his way back to the podium
  Men's winner, Jerome Clementz, smiling on his way back to the podium.


  • + 17
 Rene Wildman Wildhaber.... I like how he puts it - "beautiful scenery, excellent piste - so fast... I really enjoyed it". What most everyone else says "after 5 minutes your arms and legs and lungs are beyond burning, just numb... and you have 35 minutes more!"

cool race!
  • + 10
 I always wonder why Mega and MOH Organization they never give us some kind of " LIVE "full footage from the elicopter following the head of the course, mixed with POV pitctures of top riders and good speakers on it!. Something like this would pay off! and a lot of us paying a lot of attention in front of our screen during half and hour or more!. It would be so exciting, this has all the best elements of cycling!
Come on REBULL and Crankworx!!
  • + 1
 This show would kick off Tour du France!!
  • + 11
 Anne-Caro still on top of the game. That's impressive Smile
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flag scott-townes (Jul 15, 2012 at 8:47) (Below Threshold)
 Aaron Gwin is the Anne-Caroline Chausson of men's DH. Seriously though, she is the best woman to ever ride a bike and could smoke the field at the drop of a hat.
  • + 18
 He's got about another 8 years of gWinning before he can have that title Razz
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flag foosfreak99 (Jul 15, 2012 at 11:49) (Below Threshold)
 bigburd dont be mad because the Brits aren't gwinning... its ok..before long the UCI will be after Gwin like Armstrong for killing the French of Tour de France. he has been killing the field for the last 2 years and was on the rise previous 2 .. give him the props and shut the front door!!!
  • + 3
 Apparently people cannot tell a joke even when its pointed out as one but I was being serious about her dominating whenever she wants... haha
  • + 6
 foosfreak ? WTF are you talking about dude ? how did you get froma french woman and an american , to me beeing bitter about brits ?
You are one strange dude.
I'm the least patriotic guy around...all I care about is people riding fast , and i'm actually a massive fan of gwin and hope he continues to make every one else look slow for a long time yet...
  • + 2
 silly, pompous americans Razz
  • + 4
 Careful now, don't make us send Bush after you...
  • + 7
 All the riders coming down for the Mountain of Hell Race reminds me of.... THIS IS SPARTA!!
  • + 1
 i think i would be dead if i did that race!BoD(blog of the day!)
  • + 4
 Amazing race. Just got back from it. Pain and suffering but worth it all. Qualifier was worse... Highly recommended if you hate your wrists and shins, love cuts and bruises and breathing through your arse while your head feels like it's going to explode! Who doesn't??
  • + 1
 Just returned from the Mountain of hell..........what a riot!!!!!!!!!. my first ever race and what a way to pop my cherry. Highlight of the week was been overtaken by Sam Blenkinsop in the qualifier riding his bike without a rear tyre pinning it down a 35 minute
  • + 2
 whistler needs to do some thing like this. last day end of the madness type thing, i went to the entire 2010 crankworx start to end and something like this would be sick!
  • + 3
 Now THAT is a mountain bike race. Makes me want Red Bull 5,000 Down to come back this year!
  • + 1
 JC has a chipped front tooth.just like me! got it from a bicycle accident when I was in 3rd grade.never tried to fix it.Maybe it'll make me fast just like JC! lolBig Grin
  • + 2
 How far is this race in total?
  • + 1
 Bigburd,,,that was sarcasm!!!
  • + 1
 What is the first song...
  • + 1
 What position did dan atherton finish???
  • + 3
 4th i think mate
  • + 1
 can anyone enter???
  • + 1
 Dis shit crazy
  • + 1
 orgy really people lol
  • + 0
 What was the winning time? I missed it...
  • + 1
 32 minutes and something....It would take a normal good rider closer to an hour!
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 "The fastest man was France’s Jerome Clementz, making the entire journey in just 32:49.815, with second place rider Rene Wildhaber of Switzerland just behind at 33:01.114. Damien Oton of France came in third with a time of 33:14.974."
  • + 7
 Would probably take me about 1 hour plus with breaks ! Thier hands must need to be pulled of the bars by pliers after that ... insane
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  • - 2
 That looks like a pretty sketchy race
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