Rémy Absalon wins Mégavalanche

12 juillet 2015

After a hard battle of 40', Rémy has won this Sunday his 9th Megavalanche on his new Scott Genius LT. 
Rémy is a specialist of THE MEGAVALANCHE, one of the most famous and crazy MTB downhill marathon style. He was ultra motivated to offer a first win in l’Alpe d’Huez to SR SUNTOUR, main partner of the race since the beginning, and to SCOTT on the 2016 bike. 
Megavalanche in figures:
- 2015 => 21st edition
- 2000 riders from 20 different countries
- A qualifying on Friday with more than 1000m down and 10km long
- The race on Sunday with a start on the glacier summit of the Pic Blanc (3,300m) to the valley bottom at Allemont (800m), after some 2,500m down and 20km long
- Rémy 3 times (4 times now) winner in Alpe d’Huez and 5 times winner in Reunion Island

Good warm up before the big race - Rémy did a pretty bad start from the top of the "Dôme des Grandes Rousses". But he knows how to catch his competitors and crossed the finish line at l'Alpe d'Huez in 1st position ahead of Ludovic Oget.
He finally did the second time of all the different qualifying groups, 0.5'' behind Nicolas QUERE. He could start from the Glacier on the 1st line and choose his position.

6am on the top of the Pic Blanc, sunrise - all the riders arrived on the glacier and had to wait for the departure 3 hours later. There was so much pressure in front of this crazy iced and steep slope, but no choice, when the jingle “Alarma” rang, they had to start as fast as possible #noshortcuts.

Rémy did a good start, avoiding all the habitual crashes, and was in 6th position. He decided to push harder in the second wall and overtaked some riders at a crazy speed - more than 100km/h. Just after this part the snow had disappeared and the riders crossed some very rocky sections at this speed. Rémy was second after the snow in the rocky single-tracks and catched Sébastien CLAQUIN who did the holeshot with Nicolas QUERE.

In the middle of the race, in the physical section, he was ahead with Thomas LAPEYRIE, currently very fit. Thomas did an impressive uphill before tumbling to the last valley and escaped with 15” in advance. But it was not finished yet. Rémy did the downhill open wide and catched Thomas. It was a beautiful fight with some blockpasses, sprints on the flat road sections and he could finally overtake him and took the advantage till the finish for winning with more than 30” in advance.

"I am so happy to win! This one was very hard with a great fight till the finish. I am also glad to be alive with this crazy glacier! My Genius LT Plus, with 29er wheels was the weapon for it!" Rémy Absalon, SCOTT SR Suntour Enduro Team

Alpe d'Huez Megavalanche ranking -

1st/ Rémy ABSALON (SCOTT SR Suntour Enduro Team)
2nd/ Thomas LAPEYRIE (Sunn)
3rd/ Yoann BARELLI (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)
4th/ Théo GALY (Devinci/Alltricks.com Enduro Racing)
5th/ Alex Cure (Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally Team)

Next race will be the French EWS round in Samoëns the 19-20th of July.

Keep going!
Photos : Hoshi Yoshida & UCC Sport Event / Cyril Charpin

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