Megavalanche is Back for 2016

Apr 4, 2016 at 1:50
by UCCSportEvent  
Megavalanche 2015. photo credit Cyril Charpin
The Megavalanche is back for 2016.

From the 4th - 10th July 2016, the 22nd edition of the Megavalanche will be held as part of the TEMS by @ContinentalMTB, it promises some good race action and unforgettable memories.

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For those who would still ignore it, the Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez is one of the most famous and not-to-be-missed DH marathon races. And now officially powered by @Bluegrassboard for 2016.

Megavalanche 2015. photo credit Cyril Charpin

Since 1995, thousands of riders depart from the famous “Pic Blanc” in every weather condition. The mass start is at 3330 meters on the glacier, and the finish line is in Allemont, 2600 meters down meaning this DH Marathon race the longest and craziest race in the world.

Megavalanche 2015. photo credit Cyril Charpin

In addition to this race there will also be a mega kid, especially for children, and the mega family challenge. Electric Bike riders will be happy to take part in the E-Bike MTB Series by Moustache on the Glacier! So, are you ready to compete in the 22nd edition of the Megavalanche? Looking for more info, or simply cannot wait to register ? It is simple, just click here.

MENTIONS: @UCCSportEvent / @Megavalanche / @Bluegrassboard / @COMMENCALbicycles / @ContinentalMTB / @SRSuntour


  • + 7
 Raced it 2013, 2014, 2015

2014 was horrendous!!! @memphisraines
  • + 4
 2002,2004,2005,2006,2008,2009,2010...can't wait to get back. Nothing on earth can compare to it.
  • + 4
 @nozes: See you this July on the start line then ! ;-)
  • + 5
 Fond memories of many middle aged men agressively fist pumping on the startline, and all the fatbikes having a horrible time. 2012
  • + 2
 I am signed up for the first time this year and have a quick question about medicals and race license etc. I have heard stuff about needing a doctors note etc but the website is so shit that I can't find any info.
Also, do you have to wear a back protector? Again - no info that I can find online!
  • + 1
 No doctors note if you take out their insurance (this is just basic cover you will still need additional insurance in case of heliport, repatriation etc)
Plenty of people forge doctors notes anyway as if checked it's likely to just be glanced at
Back protector and elbow pads compulsory (I think), knee and shin highly recommended although at no point did anyone seem to be checking back protection
It was hot last year (34degrees) riding at that elevation, in heat, in full face and armour always extremely draining
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Even if everything is not explicitly shown on our website, a quick look on the race regulation might have been an help regarding your inquires ;-)

About the first, you only need a medical note in the case that your a not licensed by a Cycling Federation.
Concerning the required protective gear :
- Full-face Helmet
- Elbow guards.
- Full finger gloves.
(Knee guards are only heartily recommended)

All the other regulations can be find here :

And in case of a problem, or specific question, please contact us at :

  • + 1
 Hey, just go to your GP and ask them to write a letter saying you are fit and well enough to race a mountain bike in the French Alps (as an amateur). I had a new GP this year and he was hesitant, so he booked me in for a ECG - everything was fine, wrote me a letter ... happy days. It is strenuous work this race, .... the organisers don't want people to enter who are not fit or well enough to be there, which is pretty sensible really.
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 @UCCSportEvent: Hey, thanks for the reply and for the link. That has all the info that I need. I went back to your website to try and find that document though and still can't find it. Am I being silly or is is hidden?
Maybe it should be more obvious because I am certain that other first timers will be searching for the same info.

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 @MTB-Strength-Factory: Hey, the document can be find in the "schedule" of the Megavalanche !

But, indeed I must admit that it is not so obvious...

Will find a solution for that !

Happy to help !

  • + 2
 Nuttiest thing i've ever done. Won't be coming back this year but i can't wait to go balls to the wall down that mountain again in 2017.
Here's my ride report from the entire week:
  • + 1
 Nice report @milnik !
  • + 3
 I have done it 3 times and it is never enough. The best MTB week. I will go back for sure.
  • + 3
 It didnt look like that last year!
  • + 3
 I think that is last year as it had that bare rock to the riders left of the start and shit snow i know as i was front row on the 2nd race, on the very left, so that rocky patch was my only hope in not getting crushed and i stared at it lustfully for what felt like hours!
  • + 3
 @paulwootton77: Just realised it was 2014! hah! that was the epic GRIM year!... doesnt time fly hah
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 those pics are from 2015 Wink
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 Seventh year for me this year! Got a score to settle.
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 Did it in 2014, not been back since!
  • + 1
 Can't wait 2016 edition , for me Mega is the supreme test for any kind of mountain-biker .
  • + 1
 Wow. I would love to do it some day.

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