Last chance to enter The Last-Ever Trans-Savoie

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If you’ve had The Trans-Savoie Big Alpine Enduro on your bucket list for quite a while – act fast! This year is the 10th and final one. Ever.

Press Release:

Going out on a high

But all is not lost – If you’re quick, 2 cancelation slots are still available*. Blink, and you’ll miss ‘em!

*At the time of writing, 2 cancelation slots were still available for the last-ever Trans-Savoie 50/50 event this August 20-27, 2022. See the Trans-Savoie website to register.

10 Years Ago: before The EWS existed and when the genre of Enduro was still finding its feet, The Trans-Savoie was an early pioneer of point-to-point Enduro with its 6-Day epic event across the French Alps. To this day, Trans-Savoie is still the only multi-day event (at least, that we know of) to ever have combined the elements of natural alpine single-track trails, point-to-point adventure, and ski-lift-assisted uplifts.

Whilst the route and format of the event has evolved over the years, the core elements of 20-minute-plus descents, epic Alpine scenery, and mind-boggling statistics have remained. Typically around 22 – 25,000m of descent versus 6,000m climbing resulting in a total on-stage time of 4 hours or more over the week, even for the fastest riders. To put that in perspective, this is roughly equivalent to completing an entire race-season of the EWS.

Here’s the background, direct from Ali:

“10 Years of organising the Trans-Savoie has been quite a ride and has taken us on some amazing highs and lows. It’s been a privilege to share my take on what big-mountain adventure should be all about. I’ve met some truly amazing and inspirational people from all over the world. However organising such a complex event is as challenging as it is rewarding, and it feels like the right time to make some space in my schedule to develop some new projects in other parts of the world that I’ve been eyeing up for quite some time. I also want to have the chance to enter other Trans-style events for myself – these events largely didn’t exist 10 years ago, but now there’s a whole host of amazing races and adventures out there that share a similar ethos to the Trans-Savoie…it would be rude not to!”

“I also would like to ‘go back to my roots’ and focus more time and energy on personally leading Guided Adventures via our parent operation trailAddiction – both in the Alps, and with some new backcountry / Heli-tours on the South Island of New Zealand. MTB Guiding was my original passion and indeed it was my years of working as a guide that enabled the Trans-Savoie Enduro in the first place. My passion for Adventure rather than out-and-out racing was reflected in our relaunch of the Trans-Savoie in a non-competitive “50/50” format, more recently. But whilst it’s always a buzz to share the energy of participants in our events, there’s no substitute to sharing the whole ride tyre-to-tyre with my clients, as their guide”

“That said, I’m very excited about this summer’s Trans-Savoie. Being the last one, we’ve pulled out all the stops to do some cool things with the route this year that we’ve never managed to do before. For example, staying one night at a mountain refuge in a stunning setting on the border of the Vanoise National Park, and getting exclusive access to an impressive new Télécabine in a valley we’ve never visited before with the Trans-Savoie – it’s usually prohibited to bikes. This lift spits you out at over 2800m, directly onto 1500m+ vertical of Alpine single-track. I’m confident that we’ll be going out on a high, both metaphorically and literally!”

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*At the time of writing, 2 cancelation slots were still available for the last-ever Trans-Savoie 50/50 event this August 20-27. See the Trans-Savoie website for details / to register for one of the cancelation slots, this year.

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Cotic RocketMAXer. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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  • matt_outandabout
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    Eldest_oab will see you there…busted finger healing well, the van ready for a return trip with a few others on board.

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    We bumped into the race a few times around Les Arcs, I love the idea of it but I have to be honest and say I would die. Die on the climbs, die on trying to ride stuff like Double Header fast and blind, probably die trying to follow the signs…

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    I’ve always looked at the Trans-Savoie longingly, knowing that I have not the funds, nor the spare time and possibly not the riding chops to complete it. But on paper it is still the one event in all of cycling that I would have liked to have the opportunity to enter.

    Maybe I should just look a couple of years out to my next big birthday and get some sort of guided multi-day trip planned. Trips to big hills and mountains are lots of fun, but making it a point-to-point of some sort adds a real purpose and sense of achievement.

    I loved the ‘Mont Thabor‘ video from a couple of years ago featuring Emily Horridge & Manon Carpenter. Something like that would be great.

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