20th Edition of the Megavalanche in Reunion Island
The 20th edition of the Megavalanche, a downhill mountain bike event in Reunion Island, will take place on the western coast of the island on the 28th and 29th of November 2015. Want to challenge yourself? Follow in the footsteps of the two-time Olympic champion Julien Absalon by biking down the Maïdo trail, the prestigious downhill biking trail of champions. Helmets on, bikes ready, get set, go!
The Megavalanche will see a wave of mountain bikers gushing down the Maïdo trail to reach the western coast. One of the main features of this biking event is that it brings together bikers from all walks of life under the banner of one single race; there are pure performance champions, amateurs come to compete with friends and eager beginners who want to have a taste of competing with professional bikers!
This year, the Megavalanche is re-launching its mass-start concept (wave start), especially for its qualifying rounds on Saturday the 28th of November. These mass departs are impressive to watch; groups of 50 bikers start from Bellemène, at an altitude of 560m, to reach the finish line at the Temple du Moulin à Eau (Watermill Temple), on the Tour des Roches road. The rules are simple: the fastest clinch the precious spots at the front of the starting line for the Megavalanche on Sunday, the 29th of November. The first 25 of each wave qualify for the Megavalanche, the next 25 qualify for the Mega Challenger and the rest will go in for the Mega Amateurs.
Hundreds will take part in the 2015 Megavalanche along side champion Rémy Absalon, who will be vying for a double victory after his win in the Megavalanche Alped’Huez – the longest downhill race in the world – that took place in July. Riders will also have the chance to compete against Thomas Lapeyrie (runner-up of the Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez), enduro expert Alexandre Cure and even the renowned Cédric Garcia. Not to be forgotten are the local elite: Jordan Payet, member of the French DH Junior Team and champion of the 2014 French DH Cadet, Alexandre Sicard, champion of the 2014 Réunion DH Master Meet and the 2014 Megavalanche, as well as Pascal Yen Pon, multiple champion of the Réunion DH and XC.
This year, the MegaMarmaille event will begin, for the first time ever, on Saturday afternoon. This marathon style downhill biking competition caters specially to young bikers, and represents approximately a quarter of the Megavalanche. Young or old, big or small, mountain biking in Reunion only has one prime focus: keeping your balance on a two-wheeler!
About the Vanilla Islands
The Vanilla Islands are a promotional grouping of the Indian Ocean islands of Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles and Reunion Island.
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