Yeah, we’re a little late reporting this but last weekend the Mega Avalanche Downhill mountain bike race was held at Alp d’Huez with thousands of competitors vying for a spot in the final downhill race of the week. This isn’t like most downhill mountain bike races you’ve seen since the final downhill race features 400 riders careening down the mountain at once! I’ve heard of 4-cross but I guess this is 400-cross…
The course makes a total descent of 8,500 feet – more than a mile and a half of vertical drop through snowy, rocky, and just plain difficult terrain. The race itself is open to all comers, though there does seem to be a requirement that racers wear a full face helmet, elbow protectors, and full finger gloves (gotta protect the digits ya know).Â As you can imagine the race is full of crashes and if you can get out front and make it down without being involved in a pile up you just might take the prize. This year’s winner was Rene Wildhaber of Team Scott – Red Bull.
Here’s are a couple videos from the start and during the final race last weekend: