Posts Tagged With: 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 🙂  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 🙂

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 😉

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 🙂

September :  Les Tenailles, Névache

The only trailside spectators at Les Tenailles have big 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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Three Months Until the Mega…

For all you guys & girls doing the Megavalanche this year;  Get Up & Get Training!
…Only three months to go 🙂
I can’t make it this year but will be there in 2013 (and already excited about it!)
Going to be doing the Maxiavalanche in Cervinia, Italy though, and that’s even sooner than
the Mega…!
Check out  for a wealth of videos, news, websites, wikis
and loads more info

Source: via Felix on Pinterest

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2010 Megavalanche & 2011 Trans-Provence Winner…

This is a good interview with French rider Jerome Clementz who’s making a name for himself in French & International MTB Enduro racing.

He won the Megavalanche in 2010 (I’m entering next years race on a DH bike) and he won last years Trans-Provence 7-day stage race  (I will be entering the 2014 race – and thinking about doing it on my 2006 Rockhopper  :-S   – seems like a long way off but I know it’s gonna come ’round quick!)

A few more weeks before the season starts in the Alps…happy days 🙂


This article was taken from and you can read the original article here


“We chat to Jerome Clementz about enduro racing, facial hair and going fast

He’s French, insanely quick and skilled on the bike and is mopping up wins in enduro races around the world. We chatted to him about why he races enduro events

Posted: 6 March 2012

by David Arthur

Jerome Clementz drags a fully laden kit bag along the tiled floor in the lobby of the Hotel Florenz, our base in the Italian Riviera for a few days riding with the Cannondale Factory Race team, and drops into a plush sofa beside me. It’s been a long couple of days for the young Frenchman, entertaining media from around the world at this rare chance to see the entire Cannondale sponsored team in one place. Despite that, and a coming together with a rock on a challenging descent the previous day – and sporting a pucker of a bruise as a result – he’s full of energy and and the laughter flows easily as we exchange a few jokes.

You’ll be forgiven if you’ve not heard his name before, as he has risen to prominence very recently. The enduro format of racing (events with multiple timed sections with a downhill bias) is a popular fixture in France, and is slowly starting to take off here in the UK. There’s much talk about it being the ‘next big thing’ in mountain biking. And it’s these events that Jerome is becoming something of a specialist at, thanks in no small measure to a raft of wins including the Trans-Provence stage race last summer along with winning the French Enduro Series and taking the French Cup Championship. He also previously added the Megavalance to his CV in 2010.

It’s clear from our riding with him that he’s a hugely talented guy with the skills and fitness, and the right mental approach, to do really well in enduro as it continues to grow.We primed our dictaphone and threw a few questions at Jerome:

Bikemagic: Hello Jerome. Right, let’s get one thing out of the way first, what’s with the Mark Weir-esque facial hair?

Jerome: <laughs> It was not for this week, I have a media camp with SRAM next week, and it was a bet with them. I went to Iceland this summer and I had a nice moustache like this to look like a Viking and they (SRAM) asked me to come this week like this.

BM: So are you planning to keep it this season then?

Jerome: Maybe not this season, my girlfriend will not stay with me, <laughs> so probably one more week and after I will have to shave it <laughs>.

BM: You’re sporting quite a fetching bruise on your face (Jerome crashed during the media week with us) injuries are clearly a part of the job, how do you cope with the risk of crashing when racing and training?

Jerome: Yes <long pause>. You always crash. Every season you crash, sometimes, umm, the thing is we spend a lot of time on our bikes, so we really know our limits, when it’s 100%. We try to stay a bit below but really close. Like most of the time the crash happens not when we ride full speed, but more when we play with the bike, when we’re not focused enough, and the crash happens.

That’s how it happened with me today, I was just cruising down the hill, did a small hip and landed on the side of the trail and it was soft, and I went over the bars.

BM: Let’s rewind a bit, how did you get into mountain biking? Where did it all start for you?

Jerome: I mountain biked because I was doing cross country skiing and then our coach asked us to do some mountain biking in the summer to train, and then I really liked it, and started doing one or two races. I did both for five years, and then I had some training camp for skiing in the summer and mountain biking in the winter, so I had to choose. And I decided to do more mountain biking than cross country skiing.

BM: And if we fast forward to the present year, you’ve carved a name for yourself as an enduro specialist, winning the Megavalanche and Trans-Provence. What is it about enduro that appeals to you?

Jerome: Yeah definitely. What I really appreciate is that we don’t stay on one trail over the week, when we go to a race  like a seven day stage race, you go and discover a lot of different trails don’t stay on the same track. That’s something I like, you don’t have to train on the trail and know it, you don’t have to know each part of the trail, and you have to ride with your instinct, that’s mainly what I like with enduros

BM: Do you have to be a downhill racer to be good at them, or can cross country riders compete?

Jerome: I think you just have to be a good rider in the uphill and downhill, you don’t have to be a former racer in downhill or a former racer in cross country. I mean, the people come from different backgrounds, we see when people come racing at the mega they do good results, and the same way with Cedric Gracia or Steve Peat, they come to some enduro races they can do well too. Also we have some riders who are really dedicated to enduro, and they are fighting with these pro riders, and it’s a good thing for the sport. The present ratio of uphill and downhill is good, everyone can compete.

BM: In the UK the enduro format is still quite new, do you see it as the next evolution of mountain bike events?

Jerome: Especially for the UK, it could be really big; you have the hill and terrain that suits really well to enduro. You don’t have the big mountains we have in France in the Alps, but you have a lot of trail and good place where you can do a lot of stages. I’ve never been there, only in Kielder a couple of years ago. I will be there this year at the first round of the gravity enduro series at Innerleithen, so I will have a look at how it works.

BM: How do you prepare for an enduro? Do you do much training? Or do you concentrate on skills and technique?

Jerome: You have to do everything to train for enduro. It’s also something that I like, I go riding a downhill bike, a cross country bike, a road bike, I ride my Jekyll, I do a lot of different things and that helps to make training less boring. Everyday you change you style of riding and you try different things. To be a good all-rounder you have to have good skill, technical skill, this is really important, because otherwise you cannot put you power on the course. You have to be really good technical, and afterwards you can add the power to get more speed.

BM: Do you have any tips for people new to enduro racing?

Jerome: I don’t know how it works in the UK, but in France you don’t know the trail when you race, so a really important thing is to know your limits and find a good pace when you start, to not be too slow but no too fast, and to have a nice flowing run. That means you own your bike, you know where you’re going and you don’t make any mistakes.

BM: What are your plans for 2012? Any big goals?

Jerome: My big goal this year is still make racing an adventure, doing some good trips and visiting new countries. And with my schedule I will try to do some series starting in different countries, I will visit some new countries, I will come to UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Italy for example. And I will go one month in us and Canada, so yeah my goal is to have good results in all these. And Megavalanche and Crankworx, those are main objectives of the year.

Thanks to Jerome for taking the time to chat to us. | @endurojc

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