- Mega avalanche and mountain of hell 2020
Booked on to race these in 2020. Heading over for a three week road trip. Anyone else going over to take part in the fun?Posted 2 months agojjprestidgeMember
Both races – you must be a glutton for punishment!
Next year for me, but probably the Mega.
JPPosted 2 months ago
Did you see the start to last years Mountain of Hell???
Missing out this year, but will be back for the mega next year, fingers crossed.Posted 2 months ago
Yes I have been watching for a few years cant wait. Start looks crazy as does the whole race. Iv rode the lower sections before which were fun! Then hopefully the mega after if still in one piecePosted 2 months agokimbersSubscriber
I wish!Posted 2 months agozezaskarMember
How much are you budgeting for the Mega?Posted 2 months ago
We have Booked the Enduro2 and the Mega for the week, now just need to get very prepared for a big week of bikes!Posted 2 months ago
IMO the mega is something you do once.Posted 2 months ago
Nah the mega gets in your blood, already getting withdrawl symptoms for this year 🙂Posted 2 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
IMO the mega is something you do once.
I’ve done it once and I’m satisfied… for now. Really glad I did it, but I hadn’t really realised how much of the holiday it was going to eat, and I definitely was expecting a bit more from the other alpe d’huez riding.
But at some point I’m sure I’m going to want to do it again, with a bit more understanding and hopefully a lot more fitness. 3, 4 years? Because the qualifier race, and the first bit of the glacier before my lungs caught fire and my legs turned to jelly, and everything after the climb, were just plain brilliant.Posted 2 months agotmb467Subscriber
There’s 10 of us going across for Mega this year…took a lot to convince me to do it so can only hope it’ll be ok
I’m usually exhausted by the end of a biking holiday so having to aim to race (or even be able to ride) will be hardPosted 2 months ago
It is great, although you can be sure that you will enjoy it more once you have finished, than when you are riding up the hill at halfway!Posted 2 months ago
Just looking at entry, it asks for race licence or medical certificate to be uploaded? Anyone point me where I need to get that?!Posted 2 months ago
I’m usually exhausted by the end of a biking holiday so having to aim to race (or even be able to ride) will be hard
The day before Qually I like to only ride the very top of the qually course to check the awkward snow/not snow bits as the lines change massively depending on melting. I don’t do much riding that day though to be rested for the next day.
Just looking at entry, it asks for race licence or medical certificate to be uploaded? Anyone point me where I need to get that?!
Standard question, standard answer. British Cycling bronze will do. I usually also take out their insurance policy as belt and braces.
Want to do it again now! Last time I took my road bike and did the road descent/climb the day after the Mega.Posted 2 months ago
Ah fair play thanks, knew there was a reason other than the old crc discount I joined!Posted 2 months ago
Just to note that BC don’t cover this event in terms of insurance as it’s not a UCi event, however the organisers of the mega seem happy enough to accept the membership in lieu of medical certificate.
I usually double up on insurance and take theirs as well as covering myself with snowcard for the week.
Best bit of advice I can think of is, just enjoy it, there are two thousand like minded souls up for a week of fun on their bikes, including the pros! Whether you make the main event or puncture and end up in the affinity timed run, just go with the flow and enjoy riding your bike in a beautiful landscape. That comes after spitting my dummy out trail side during the affinity run after floating in quali the day before 🙂 I sat down cursing to stuff my spare tube into the wheel and looked up at blue skies, massive mountains and a waterfall. All I could hear was mountain bikers passing me on the trail and I realised what an ace place it was to be.
Having said that the mass starts on the glacier are a hoot!Posted 2 months ago
Obviously proper insurance is also a good idea, I think I paid £250 for x-rays and a sling when I dislocated my shoulder a couple of times in Qually. Less than my excess but it could have been a lot more if I needed recovery without insurance.Posted 2 months ago
Yes, get good insurance. Just in case someone knocks you off in a banzai move so they can qualify for the main event.
Some say the Mega is an excuse for excited amateurs to ride like aggressive, selfish loons in an attempt to validate their aspirations of genuine speed.Posted 2 months ago
Not witnessed it myself, in the 5 I’ve done.Posted 2 months ago
I did take the whole pack down at the start of my 2014 qually, not really my fault. The start tapes didn’t lift properly from what I remember, some went, some didn’t.
I crashed again later that run when a guy stopped unexpectedly, I rear ended him and popped my shoulder again. That was my fault.
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