by Barney Marsh
September 1, 2015
Route: Les Contamines Mont Blanc, St Gervais.
Total distance: 52.5km
Total timed descent: 2,350m
Number of stages: 4
Riders started the day at the saddle of the Col de Joly with the whole Mont Blanc massif lay out in front of them, and then spent most of the day riding in the Mont Blanc’s shadow. Nico had a three minute lead, so rode (relatively) conservatively to take the crown. Stage Two needed a huge liaison climb of 1,000m, which was no joke in the heat. Although one of the area’s best trails, some struggled n the heat to make the most of it.
The Tramway winches tourists up the shoulder of Mont Blanc on a cogged line, eventually stopping just shy of the glacier at a mountain refuge. But the final 30th stage of the week followed the line of the Tramway towards the campsite above St Gervais. The start blasted down Alpine meadows with views to die for and headed flat out into woods for 6 miles with 1,000m drop. Meggie Bichard knows how to open champagneMany different shapes were in evidence on the mens’ podium.
By the end of this stage, racers had clocked up almost 30,000m of descending during the week.
Trans-Savoie 2015 Pro Men 1st: Nico Lau (Cube), 2nd: François Billy-Maître (BMC), 3rd: Jamie Nicoll (Polygon)
Final standings after Day Six.
1. Nico Lau – 4:24:23
2. François Billy-Maître – 4:26:53
3. Jamie Nicoll – 4:30:59
1. Meggie Bichard – 5:36:06
2. Kerstin Kögler – 5:55:26
3. Monika Büchi – 5:58:49
Video (Day 5)