by Dave Anderson
November 19, 2012
2013 is the looking like becoming the Year of the Euro Enduro.
We’ve just had word of another multi-day event that looks like delivering the goods; the Trans-Savoie.
The TRANS-SAVOIE IS THE NEXT EVOLUTION of all-mountain Enduro racing.
6 DAYS ++ 20 TIMED STAGES ++ 20,000M DESCENT ++ 5000M ASCENT
VAL D’ISERE – BOURG ST MAURICE – LES ARCS – MERIBEL – ALBERTVILLE – ARECHES/BEAUFORT – CHAMONIX
An all-new point-to-point stage race 100% focused on technical riding ability and epic adventure, TRANS-SAVOIE joins the dots between skill, athletic fitness, mental determination, and strategic riding on some of the best mountain bike trails in the world.
Open to both Pro and Amateur riders, the week-long TRANS-SAVOIE traverses the stunning French Alps, following in the footsteps of accessible classics such as Passportes Du Soleil and ground-breaking modern Enduro events like Trans–Provence.
The inaugural TRANS-SAVOIE will see the boundaries of Gravity Enduro stage racing taken to a level not yet available in any other event: By fusing the rapid mechanical uplift advantage of France’s extensive ski-lift system with an epic 250Km route that traverses some of the Alps’ finest natural singletrack, the six-day, >20,000m descending statistics speak for themselves.
Adopting a rally-style format, the route consists of several timed, downhill-biased stages each day (typically 4) with a total daily timed descent of 3000-4000 vertical metres – covering a distance of 20-30Km against the clock. Untimed Liaison stages make up the rest of the distance, with the average climb-per-day sitting at ‘only’ 800-1000m vertical, of which 90%+ is climbable without dismounting.
The fully-supported event is the brainchild of the 10-year owner of Alpine guiding operation trailAddiction and uniquely exists by drawing on a collective staff knowledge of 50+ year’s of guiding experience and passion for extracting the very best routes in the Savoie region. The terrain is a blend of spectacular, open and exposed high-alpine and lower-level forested singletrack.
TRANS SAVOIE passes through varied remote and dramatic scenery on its 6-day odyssey, and utilises some of the Alps’ finest and better-known biking destinations (Les Arcs, Tignes) for daily de-briefing. The competitor will also be introduced to some lesser-known gems including Meribel, Areches/Beaufort, and La Rossiere. The affordable all-in race package will include quality accommodation and catering.
The first full event is scheduled for lift-off on 18th-23rd August 2013, with participation limited to a maximum of 50 riders.
The self-supported race entry fee is 895 GBP / 1095 Euros, although we expect most entrants will opt for a full-supported package which includes locally sourced accommodation and full catering , daily kit-transfer, etc.
Entries will open to the general public shortly. With a limited capacity this event is not to be missed – pre-register an interest to receive updates direct from the organisers via the event’s Facebook page: