- Mega Avalanche, anybody done it. Whats it like?
Could it be done on a long travel HT?
Yes, sounds painful though 🙂
Incredible, awesome, intimidating, overwhelming, fast, scary are just some of the words I would use (there are others but the come up as *’s)
Done 2 and had mixed results (broken toe year 1, dislocated finger year 2) trashed 2 sets of cranks….Posted 4 years agosuperdanSubscriber
I’ve ridden the track (outside of race week) on a hardtail – Cove Stiffee, 150mm Bombers, its fine, keep in mind you will be in a queue for most of the race, so it is mostly a case of trying to get the power down to overtake. Raced it twice. The start of the qualifier is the most exhilarating bit for me.
Bike park below the lift on a hardtail:
DSC_0662 by Super Dan, on Flickr
Made the back of the main event the second year I did it, overtook like 200 people. Being very fit helps, the people on DH bikes run out of steam by the meadow above ADH.Posted 4 years ago
Fit a dropper post.
‘Qualifier’ I have to qualify? Is that for a grid position. If so any tips, Stay in the pack and try not to fall-off is my plan.Posted 4 years ago
Not going to set any records at my age and dont really want to. Just want to stay in one oiece and enjoy.
How come there is such a contrast, sometimes its a complete white out at the start, other times its dry and sunny?Hob NobMember
Yes, you have to qualify – there are 2000+ people there to race, from pro DH & enduro racers to pro Singletrackworld keyboard wobblers, if you mixed them all together, it’s an even bigger recipe for disaster 😉
There is normally 8-10 qualifiers. 200-250 in each.
The first 35 go through to the main big boys race on Sunday morning. The next lot (36-70) go through to the next mass start race on Saturday morning. 71-105 go through to the last mass start race on Sunday. 106+ go into the Mega Affinity thing, which is no mass start, they just swipe your timing chip at the start and finish & off you go – it’s not really a race.
Regarding the amount of snow – it depends on the winter they have, in short. If they have tonnes of snow, it struggles to melt in time. 2011 there was virtually none, this year for example, there was a massive amount.Posted 4 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
‘Qualifier’ I have to qualify? Is that for a grid position.
Yes, and more importantly, for if you do or don’t make a mass start final.
In either case you will ride the course, but if you don’t finish within the top “n” of your quali’ then you just do the course timed but not mass start.
How come there is such a contrast, sometimes its a complete white out at the start, other times its dry and sunny?
It’s a 3000m+ peak with a glacier. That’s Alpine weather for you.Posted 4 years ago
It’s well good- a cheap week doing rad bikes on big mountains in the sun.
I did it in 2009 and went out with a mate who did it on his Evil Sovereign with 140mm forks. I qualified for the main race and he was in the second one. He actually ended up beating me (my rear brake failed after a German crashed into me) and loved it. Suspension is more fun but isn’t the be all and end all.
If you’re a half decent bike rider you’ll do well- there are a phenomenal number of Germans on mind bogglingly expensive bikes who push to the front of the chairlift queue to get the prime spot for the first corner then proceed to tootle down at 2mph. So, that’s half the field you’ve beaten before you start!Posted 4 years agoclubberMember
A mate did it last year – great headcam vid of him crashing about 30s after the start, losing his bike but continuing to slide for some distance and then having to climb some considerable distance up the slope to get it, all the while people are careering down the hill towards him…
Crazy, looks amazing. Can’t see myself ever doing it…Posted 4 years agodavidtaylforthMember
I think you’d be ok on a hardtail. I spent a couple of days there about 4 years ago and rode the track on my Dialled Alpine. It was really good fun and welcome relief after spending the previous 3 days getting absolutely brayed on the Pleney braking bumps.
A mate raced it on my old Dialled last year and I think he did pretty well! A testament to good riding skills and Dialled bikes no doubt!Posted 4 years ago
Oh, and allow time to get everything out of your bowels at your campsite/chalet/hotel before the start of the race. 400 folk having a pre-race poo at the top of the lift station on the “seat above a hole in the ground” toilet is enough to ruin your race before you’ve even fallen off.Posted 4 years agoHob NobMember
The race start line is a proper ‘oh shit’ moment. The first 500m if it’s covered in snow, is straight, and steep as hell. It’s a lot more sedate if there is rock underneath, in the past they have netted a traverse about half way down to stop everyone doing a lemming off the side.
If you have a friend not racing the same day as you, see if you can bribe them into coming up with you too, then you can wear lots of clothes, because it takes ages to get up to the top & it’s f*cking freezing.
If you don’t, get down to the charity shop, and get some cheap fleece top & bottoms to keep you warm, that you don’t mind losing if they don’t show up at the bottom.
The toilet at the top is enough to bring tears to a grown mans eyes.Posted 4 years agotpbikerMember
So let me get this right….
High chance of broken bike…..check
High chance of broken body….check
Poor quality shitter …….check
Massive lift que….check
The idea of riding the course is appealing, but from what I see on the videos its pot luck whether some french mincer pushes you off the mountain at 25 mph.Posted 4 years agotomhowardSubscriber
Ridden the course, but the week after the event. Even though the course had taken a battering it was still ace. As for riding on a hardtail, you *can* do it, but it will be so much more fun, not to mention easier on your body if you do it on a sorted 120-150mm enduro bike.Posted 4 years agomtbtomoMember
Yes, could be done on a hardtail, it’s not a particularly difficult course (Quali or main race) just long, so your arms and fingers will get pumped beyond belief.
Some people were doing it on fat bikes when I was there a couple of years ago, and still faster than me. That’s not saying much mind 😉
It’s good fun that any half competent mtber can manage. How nervous you get or intimidating you find it I think depends on what kind of expectations you have of how well you want to do.Posted 4 years ago
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