Rémy ABSALON wins his 11th Megavalanche

11 juillet 2016

One more! This Sunday, Rémy ABSALON became the leader of Marathon Downhill by winning his 11th Megavalanche.

Over the years, Rémy has won the title of "Downhill Marathon specialist", by taking many times the first place of the famous and unique MTB Marathon style race - The Megavalanche.
During more than 20 kilometers, the 2000 riders from more than 20 different countries face various trails technically and physically demanding.

After a successful qualifying run on Friday (1st of his qualifying group and 2nd overall time), Rémy secured a key position in first line for the Sunday mass start.

Sunday, 6.30am, le Pic Blanc (3300m) - Riders arrived gradually on the glacier and took place on the start line, preparing mentally for the mass start.
Once the "Alarma" rang at 9 am, Rémy led the race avoiding any of the common crashes on the ice. He were caught up just a few seconds by Camille SERVANT but Rémy quickly took the control of the race and was the first to dive in the rocky single-track.
Damien OTON soon took the second place and stayed right behind Rémy trying hard to take the lead. But Rémy never left his leader place and widened the gap starting from the middle of the race in Alpe d'Huez resort which correspond to the more physical part of the race.
The next 10 kilometers, Rémy kept the lead until the end, crossing the finish line in Allemont with more than 30 seconds on Damien OTON.
François BAILLY-MAITRE's tenacity throughout the 43 minutes run paid off, earning him the third step on the podium one minute back on Rémy.

"I did a solid glacier to take the lead of this crazy race. I would like to widen the gap on my main competitors.  What a tough race but the win is a huge satisfaction.” Rémy ABSALON

It is the fifth win in Alpe d'Huez for Rémy and the 11th in total (6 in Reunion Island). 
Therefore, Rémy will fly to Reunion Island in November to defend his title.

1st/ Rémy ABSALON (Scott SR Suntour Enduro Team) / 0:43:19.951
2nd/ Damien OTON (Devinci Global Racing) / 0:43:53.830
3rd/ François BAILLY-MAITRE (BMC Factory Trailcrew) / 0:44:15.020
4th/ Gutave WILDHABER (Cube Action Team) / 0:44:45.412
5th/ Cédric RAVANEL (Commençal Vallnord Enduro) / 0:45:01.570
Next stop will be in La Thuile - Italy - next weekend for the 4th round of the EWS.

Photos by Hoshi Yoshida

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