Most of you already know about Megavalanche. But for those of you who don’t, Megavalanche is the original big mountain bike race. It’s been around for at least ten years and includes, altitude, snow, rocks, and a super sketchy mass start. The most famous Megavalanche course is at Alpe d’Huez, in the French Alps. It starts on the glacier at the top of the ski resort and racers ride (or attempt to ride) to the finish, at the base of the resort. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? This isn’t your standard lift-assisted gravel access road descent, though. To see what it’s really like, check out this POV footage made by Australian racer, Ben Watkins.
Megavalanche Mega Carnage Video:
Ben runs Alpine Gravity, a mountain bike tour company in Victoria, Australia. He made that video at the 2013 Alpe d’Huez Megavalanche race, just this past weekend. He finished the race in one hour, forty-eight minutes and fifty-seven seconds. That’s about an hour and fifteen minutes after winner Jerome Clementz finished. But for most racers, Megavalanche isn’t really about winning, anyway. It’s just about finishing and being able to say you did it. And getting some gnarly helmet cam footage.
Thanks for the sweet video, Ben!
For a better overall view of the race, here’s the official 2013 Megavalanche race video:
For more information on Megavalanche, check out their official Web site: Megavalanche Web Site.