Mega 2RX Final Results - Cervinia

Jul 22, 2013 at 4:58
by Alasdair MacLennan  
Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  When it comes to races with a view, the alpine mountains really are hard to beat. Snow capped peaks disappearing into the distance, the altitude, and of course the epic skies all come together to create a sensational backdrop to race against. It's a common view if you're into winter sports, but when your chosen sport tends to stick to dirt, forests and the lower altitudes the novelty of the situation still has the power to astound.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  But as with the Megavalanche and the Mountain of Hell, the mass start just adds to the feelings of nerves and your stomach tying itself in knots. Just racing on its own can leave some riders as nervous wrecks before the countdown starts and you head off on your run. Every rider has their own way of dealing with it; but one favored by many top riders is frequently to find a quiet corner, close their eyes and picture that perfect start. Here Ollie Carter goes for the head in hands while James Shirley opts for an almost meditative approach.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  Lining up on the start though and the nervousness begins to be replaced by adrenaline. You're still nervous, but with just minutes to go, it's time to channel the fear and go into the fight all guns blazing with the best start you can muster. Of course there's always one who wants to clown around and pull a stupid face. This start was at 9am on a smooth and hard piste which was a true test of how much you liked to go quickly on a bike. The start for the second race was at 1pm slightly further down the mountain, on quickly softening snow, and required significantly greater effort to achieve significantly lower speeds. Points were allocated for each race, and your total points allocation was then used to determine your overall result. As in motocross, where there was a tie on points, your second race result was used to settle the tie.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  First the 5' board goes out, then the 2' board, before being replaced by 30" and then 10". On the start line it feels much faster than that, the 10" board going up for what seems like no time at all before the tape's lifted and you're off. Actually, with many of these races it isn't ten seconds and the board should only be used as an indicator that you should be ready to go at any time. Otherwise, you may just find that the entirety of the row behind passing you before you even find the pedals! Eyes on the tape, keep your eyes on the tape.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  A good start and a good run on the snow is essential before hitting first the rocky access roads, and then the singletrack. As experienced, and quick, racers it was no surprise to see these three quickly out front. Karim Amour has the holeshot while Brian Regnier and Nico Lau look virtually neck and neck.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  There may only have been five girls but the pre-race nerves still stand, no matter who you are. Three Brits from five riders is definitely a good ratio to have if you're British, although the top two spots were sewn up by France and Switzerland. This left Becky Hyde to be top Brit in third place which netted a typically Italian prize of a celebratory bottle of wine.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  To an outsider, 201 may not seem to be the best race plate to have, but when you realize it's #1 rider in the third qualifying heat, it seems just a little bit better. Nico Lau definitely has the form to go with the plate, and here rips the lower turns towards the finish as he leads the second race to take the overall win.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  Meadows, rocks and dry, dusty trails. Brian Regnier is Cedric Gracia's team mate for Enduro this year and has been pulling in some solid top twenty results in the World Series so far. He's sitting out Colorado but second place overall in Cervinia will go some way as consolation. He won the first race of the day while here he drops in on his way to second place in the second.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  Meanwhile, the battle for third and fourth place in that second race continued nearly all the way to the finish. In the lead here, David Schmied had a great start on the snow and nearly held third place from Karim Amour but was forced into a mistake which allowed the Frenchman through before the line. Fourth in that race, and fourth overall was still a great result for the German rider.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  The finish line not even in sight and there's a sprint going on, although on the smooth and bermed trail here, passes were notoriously difficult to make. Having clawed time back on the flat traverse to the final lift station, Franck Parolin was pushing hard to make a move on James Shirley. However, that push led to a crash and dropped Franck from chasing for 5th, down to 7th, although his 4th place in the first race allowed him to leapfrog James in the overall standings.

Megavalanche 2RX Cervinia - images courtesy of Dudes of Hazzard Liam Moynihan
  After the first few riders had been down the snow, it wasn't much fun for the remaining riders as all that was left were ruts. The rocky mid section was great to race on too, but it didn't leave you feeling like you wanted to run laps on it either. These lower turns however, they were a different matter entirely. Soft, sandy dirt that didn't seem to become chopped out with braking bumps, perfectly shaped berms, and nice drops and small kickers. You just wanted to run lap after lap of it, and that's just what many riders did throughout practice. It didn't really do your racing any favours, but it was great fun, and isn't that what riding's all about? Mathieu Hebert in his second run on the way to 22nd overall

Cervinia was the second round of a four round Mega 2RX (formerly known as the Maxiavalanche) series. Round three takes place in Orcieres on 4th August, and the final round in Vallnord, Andorra. Typically cheap to enter (compared to UK races at least), the atmosphere is chilled, there's plentiful riding, and of course they're great Megavalanche training if you're that way inclined.

Mens Eurocup (A Final) Results:

Sunday - Cervi 2013 Resultats Europe m1+m2 Scratch by Alasdair MacLennan


Womens Eurocup Results

Sunday - Cervi 2013 Resultats Europe m1+m2 Cat Dames by Alasdair MacLennan


Images courtesy of Liam Moynihan (Dudes of Hazzard)

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2 Comments

  • + 1
 So stoked for Carson in the females getting her podium. All that training she's been putting in in the off season is starting to pay off. Expect big things in 2014 with her TC full team support.
  • + 1
 Hum, strange thing that karim amour was allowed to race...

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