Megavalanche

A Decidedly Hairy Schedule…

THE lifts are closed so the winter season is officially over…it’s been an insane season for snow, it seemed to be dumping every week this year. ¬†Already been riding the bike for over 2 weeks now and it feels very good to back on the trails ūüôā ¬†Been doing weekly running too (6-10km) for a month now so feeling pretty fit and been doing the superfood, protein shakes and salads since the end of last year so feeling extremely healthy and full of energy so it’s shaping up to be a good summer ūüôā

But there’s a few hurdles I’ve put in the way that will push me to my limits – well that’s the idea anyway…

May :  Vélo Vert Festival, Villard de Lans

Velo Vert Festival, Villard de Lans

Signed up to the Enduro race for this weekend of mountain biking. ¬†It’s a couple of hours drive from Serre Chevalier and I’m hoping it’s gonna be a pretty easy¬†race¬†– it’ll be the first Enduro event I’ve taken part in so¬†we’ll see…still not sure what bike I’m gonna need to bring for this one as ideally a 140-160mm AM bike is what’s required…I don’t have one…yet ūüėČ

So it’s either the 12kg, 120mm hardtail or a 16.7kg 200mm full-on DH race bike. ¬†I’m inclined to go with the hardtail as anything more that a short, gentle climb (not many of these in The Alps) on the DH bike and I’ll be out of the saddle and probably pushing it on foot but if there’s any bigger hits, jumps or drops I could find myself way out-of-depth (and maybe over-the-bars) on the hardtail. ¬†Gotta couple of weeks to give that some thought

June :  Tough Mudder, Winchester, UK

Tough Mudder

“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie” – not sure about this, I guess it will be a good laugh and¬†definitely¬†worth doing but it just looks like absolute carnage!

July : ¬†Megavalanche, Alp d’Huez

Talking of carnage – take a look at the video above. ¬†This was the start of the 2012 race! ¬†If I get any further than that I’ve got an hours worth of extremely gnarly DH trail with a bit of a nasty climb thrown in for good measure. ¬†They call this a (the biggest) Downhill race but it’s¬†definitely¬†an Enduro event if you ask me.

starting on the glaciated summit of the Pic Blanc (3,300m above sea-level) and descending to the lush meadows of the valley bottom at Allemont (720m), after some 2000 metres down and 30¬†km along” this is a test of bike, body and mind…if anyone of those three things fails…I’m farked!

August : ¬†Looking for a full-on Downhill race to enter in August. ¬†Italy would be nice. ¬†So if anyone know’s of an event in the area then let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page. ¬†Cheers ūüôā

September :  Les Tenailles, Névache

The only trailside spectators at Les Tenailles have big f.off horns!

My nemesis and a killer of an event!…I signed up to the Long race last year and there’s no way I was completing it. ¬†At 40km of backcountry trails and 2,600m of positive altitude gain (that’s three big mountain climbs in one day!) it’s no mean feat and it was more that I could handle. ¬†I changed less than half way ’round and do the Short race¬†instead which was hard enough and pushed me to the very edge of my physical and mental limits at 24km and only 1,700m of climbing (2 big mountain climbs). ¬†But I’m not one to lie down so I’m coming back for more this year – as Daft Punk would say Harder, Better,¬†Faster,¬†Stronger¬†and basically more determined than before…bring it! ¬†– tbh, my legs hurt just thinking about it :/

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Nuts The Size of Mont Blanc…

WORLD speed record on a mountain bike…

 

 

Published on 17 Apr 2013

Just a small warning: a short scene in this video may disturb some of our more sensitive viewers, so viewer discretion advised, folks!

http://www.epictv.com

World Speed Record On A Mountain Bike

Eric Barone is a French sportsman who made a name for himself by setting world speed records on a bike, both on snow and gravel. On April 15th of 2013, he attempted to beat his own record on snow, which was established in 2002 and stood at 222 km/h.
Did he, did he not? Find out here. No talking, just biking.

 

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Four by Three, Part #2 : Dan’s Film…

SORRY – put this is up a bit late. ¬†But if you haven’t seen it it’s a goodun and if you have it’s¬†definitely¬†worth another watch

Having just signed up (last week) for the Alpe d’Huez Megavalanche in July – watching this again has made me excited and brickin’ it, all at the same time…enjoy

The second film in the Four by Three series follows Dan Atherton’s journey from BMX to MTB to Enduro, including some incredible POV footage from the Mega Avalanche event in Alpe d’Huez

athertonracing.co.uk

 

Click here to Watch part 1 again

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