Trans-Savoie Announces New 50/50 Event for 2021

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Launching in August, the Trans-Savoie have released details of their new 50/50 event, a six-day adventure in the French Alps.

Following a five year break, the Trans-Savoie team announced their comeback with the 50/50, a mixed bike event. There are only 100 places, 50 for ebikes and 50 for normal bikes, it’s set to take place on 21 to 28 August 2021.

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The 50/50

50/50 places more emphasis on adventure, rather than racing the clock; aided by amazing leaps in electric bike technology making the best terrain accessible to more adventurers…whilst absolutely not forgetting those who still love to ride without a battery.

Trans-Savoie 50/50 will take riders higher and into wilder terrain than ever, meaning many of the best trails of the original event, plus next level stages that were simply too epic, remote, sensitive or exposed to race down in previous editions. The 50/50 theme extends to around half of the 2021 itinerary being brand new relative to previous editions of the Trans-Savoie.

Increasing the focus on big-mountain adventure emphasises the personal challenge and joy of riding endless alpine singletrack for six days straight, with ski lifts and shuttles taking riders even further out of the bike parks into loamy forests and high alpine pastures. E-bikes also enable riders who might struggle to complete well in excess of 20,000m vertical downhill laced with unavoidable climbs and liaisons to reach all the event’s gold.

Tackling some of the world’s best trails on a regular or electric bike will be a personal choice with benefits to both options. The communal achievement of completing the incredible 6-day Trans-Savoie Alpine journey will be shared by everyone, no matter your weapon of choice. All days will be specifically tailored too, so that modern e-bikes can complete transfers between descents without charging or extra batteries.

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Trans-Savoie

The Format:

  • 6 days in six different regions, with huge elevation gained multiple times daily via ski-lifts and shuttles.
  • Dormitory-style accommodation and all food, shuttles & lifts etc. included in the entry price.
  • Around 3,500-4,000m descending per day, with an average of 1000m ascending, designed to be achievable on a modern e-bike in economy-mode, on one battery. (A second battery is permitted, but not recommended).
  • 50 entries for normal bikes, 50 entries for e-bikes.

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The release reads:

One of the original multi-day mountain bike adventures, Trans-Savoie, is coming back to the stunning French Alps later this year, but with a brand-new and original format. Joining electric and regular mountain bikers together, the new event will see riders tackle one of the most epic singletrack adventures ever imagined.

Trans-Savoie ran for four hugely successful editions (2013-2016) and offered more descending and on-the-clock stage time than any other equivalent enduro-style event. Drawn from two decades of local riding knowledge, the legendary TS route took in the best trails in the Alps, and became renowned as one of the world’s toughest mountain bike challenges. This new incarnation goes even further out into the realm of epic adventuring with friends old and new, whilst also becoming more accessible (and realistic to complete) for keen amateurs.

Since 50/50 doesn’t use closed or MTB-dedicated trails, riders must respect other trail users, animals and the local environment at all times. Sustainability is important to Trans-Savoie. We vigorously monitor it. Any rider deliberately leaving the trail or cutting switchbacks resulting in immediate expulsion from the event.

We understand that international travel with a bike can be challenging…perhaps even more difficult with the safety requirements for E-bikes and their Lithium Batteries. Fortunately, we have a solution for that too! Our partner, Ship to Cycle will deliver your bike direct to our event HQ and for it to be collected and returned home. This works for both normal bikes and e-bikes, meaning you only need to think about getting yourself to the start line and leave the bike-transport-logistics to the professionals who deal with this stuff every day, for their day-job!

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This has been a long time coming, but the moment I hit on the concept of mixing e-bikes and regular bikes side by side and to take the emphasis off out-and-out racing, for me, it just felt right. From that moment onwards, I just had to make it happen as soon as possible and everything else just fell right into place. After what seems like an eternity since the last Trans-Savoie, I’m stoked to finally have the chance to do this; in this particular format – I’ve raced the EWS circuit in the past but was never destined for the podium, although I have always loved the buzz of chasing my mates, flat out, on a casual Sunday ride. The 50/50 is truly what I’ve been wanting to do for 20 years, but never really knew if anyone else would be keen to take it on. I guess I’m about to find out!  

Ali Jamieson, Lead Guide at event promoter trailAddiction
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Entry:

Standard Entry Fee is €1495. Early-bird discounts for the first 30 riders:

First 10 riders (5 in each category) at only €995
Second 10 riders (5 in each category) at only €1195
Third 10 Riders (5 in each category) at only €1295

All Remaining entries at €1495. A deposit of €495 is payable to secure entry with the full balance to be paid before 15 July 2021.  Deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation due to Covid-19 travel restrictions making travel to/from France impractical.

See more on the Trans-Savoie website.


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